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MIM Jazz fret edges

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by loxjet, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. loxjet


    Feb 25, 2013
    Billings MT
    Hi all. Longtime listener, first-time caller. I just received a Fender MIM Jazz bass as a gift. I usually play a 1990 Jazz Plus, and this new bass is taking some getting used to. The biggest problem is that the fret edges are like little knives -- after about 10 minutes of playing, the pad of my left index finger is killing me. It's like playing a dull saw blade. Is there anything that can be done to remedy this, or do I just have to grin and bear it? (forgive me if this has been asked before. It's probably a common lament.)
  2. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    I suppose I would tape the edge of the fretboard to protect the wood and then carefully file down the offending protrusions.
  3. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    This is commonly known as "fret sprout", and it happens when the fretboard shrinks due to changes in humidity. The solution is just to file down the fret ends. A quick google search should yield a ton of results on how to go about it.
  4. atomicdog


    Jun 18, 2011
  5. Troph


    Apr 14, 2011
    Kirkland, WA
    I bought one of those fret edge files for something like $20 and after hacking up my fretboard, I decided it was worth it just to pay for a professional fret edge clean-up. :(
  6. waynobass


    Feb 27, 2008
    That is the kind of thing I too leave to my friendly neighborhood guitar tech.
  7. loxjet


    Feb 25, 2013
    Billings MT
    Thanks for your input, everybody. Much obliged.