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FRET LEVEL, CROWN and POLISH

A good fret level, recrown and polishing with a fresh setup can really bring your guitars 'playablilty' back to life. Recrowning the frets not only improves intonation but also the sound of your guitar...

Leveling Frets

After leveling, crowning and polishing the frets, I do a completel setup and adjust the nut slots accordingly...

Preparing Guitar

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In the photo above, the board is taped off and the fret tops are marked with a blue, permanent magic marker. When completed with proper string to fret contact and polished frets,  your guitar will play better than the day you bought it...

Crowning and Polishing

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After leveling the frets, I use one of two methods for recrowning the frets. Depending on how much the fret height was reduced, I either squeegie and paper the tops or use a crowning file. Using predampened wet sanding paper, I use 1000, 1500 and 2000 grits to cleanup leveling...

Fine Polishing

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Buffing with steel wool you can not only burnish the frets, but also clean any dirt, finger sweat and grease. To fine polish I use a polishing compound and Dremel with a buffing pad to shine the frets...

Bolt On Necks

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Depending on the condition of the frets and neck, I use a leveling jig to hold the neck straight. It comes in handy when the neck has aquired a "memory" over the years and there are slight lumps or deflections...