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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Recommendation - Stainless Steel Fretwork?


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Apr 14th, 2017 09:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Can someone recommend a place for me to send my Warmoth guitar neck w/ stainless steel frets for some leveling, crowing, and polishing?

I put aside guitar playing for many years and have recently picked it up again. I have this guitar that I put together about 13-15 years ago when I was a teenager. The neck is a Warmoth neck with stainless steel frets. There are some high frets here and there. I tried leveling and crowning them myself with some minor success, but polishing stainless steel frets without leaving any mark it beyond my skill (and available time, since I'm no longer a teenager). Right now there are a few frets that I can feel them scratch the strings when I do some bending, and I also feel like someone could have done a much better leveling/crowning job.

I know stainless steel fretwork is labor intensive and it's probably cheaper and easier to just get another neck. But this guitar has a lot of sentiment value to me and I would like to keep this neck on it.

Does anyone know any good place that I can send the neck to them to have the necessary work done?


Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Apr 14th, 2017 10:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't have a recommendation for the fret work... I'm just staggering at the fact that 13-15 years ago, you were a teenager!!!

Sorry - lots of geezers here on this forum! (me included!)

re: "I know stainless steel fretwork is labor intensive and it's probably cheaper and easier to just get another neck."

You shouldn't have to pay 3-400 bucks (potentially the cost of a new neck) to get done what you need.

Granted some techs will charge more for SS, and presuming you didn't stuff things up too badly, you won't spend nearly as much as replacement.

As I'm not in the US, I don't have a handle on pricing, but someone will come along here with more solid advice.

And welcome to the forum! Lots of good folk here!

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 12:16 AM, Apr 15th, 2017)

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Apr 15th, 2017 10:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Fellow FDPer wrnchbndr is a *wizard* with stainless steel frets. He did both my custom shop Fenders (I got 'em second hand) and they are perfect.

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I'm back with the otters again
Apr 17th, 2017 09:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

Any real experienced tech should be able to do stainless frets. The only difference is the need for diamond tools and to work a little harder and more thorough at the end of the job during the polishing phase. While I can polish nickel alloy frets by using progressive abrasives 320 - 600 and then get a mirror finish with a felt wheel, stainless requires 1000 and 1500 before the felt wheel or you'll end up with gritty feeling crowns.



Apr 17th, 2017 12:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

15 years ago I was in the waning months of my teens...

What wrnch said. If you like/trust someone to do nickel, they'll be able to do stainless. If it is their first foray into doing stainless, the polishing phase is the only part that will be dramatically different, unless they've got a crowning system that is either old fashioned or using very bad tools.

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