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Rough fret ends

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Steve S, Oct 31, 2003.

  1. Steve S

    Steve S

    Jul 26, 2000
    I have a used Lull P4 and the ends of some of the frets are rough. Is there a special way to round them out?
  2. Do one fret at a time. Put masking tape each side of the fret, butted right up to but not over the fret. Cut a piece of 1200 grit wet and dry paper to about 2" x 1" and wrap it over the end of your index finger.Rub the fret end until it's smoothed over. Before you remove the masking tape, rub the fret with some Brasso on a rag. Remove the tape and rub the Brasso off with a clean rag. This will make each fret nice and shiny, and feel nice and smooth. When all the frets are done, rub a little fingerboard oil or trumpet valve oil into the fingerboard (assuming it's a rosewood board), and rub off well. Your fingerboard will now look and feel like brand new.
  3. jani_bjorklund


    May 22, 2002
    This is NOT the way to do fret ends. You should smooth the fret ends until they're flush with the wood with a 3 - 6 " file (cut from a 10-12" milling file)held flat but lightly against the edge of the fingerboard. Do the filing LENGHTWISE. Avoid filing the finnish anymore than you must. If the fingerboard edge is straight the file will run smoothly along the finnish and cut only the fret ends. If you start to remove finnish stop. Sand any dulled finnish with 1000 - 2000 grit wet-or-dry sandpaper and finally poolish
  4. Steve S

    Steve S

    Jul 26, 2000
    Thanks for the help. I'll begin this project tonite.

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