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bluzcat
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Jan 21st, 2019 11:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was given an Ibanez PF-5 acoustic in great cosmetic shape. It had high action so lowered the saddle to discover I now have a dead fret at 13/14. The action is at 3/32 bass side and 1/16 on the table side. I checked with a straight edge and seem to have a high fret there and a couple of other spots. I’ve never filed frets, so I can take it to someone and spend prob more than the guitar is worth to get it playable, shim or get a new saddle and live with higher action and make it a slide guitar, or try my hand at filing frets as a “learner”. Just not sure how to proceed with this one, and welcome any thoughts.

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Just beyond Mars

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Jan 21st, 2019 11:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you have a high fret, you can take it down using a fine-cut file, followed by re-profiling the fret crown.

The easiest and most economical way to do this if you have no special tools is to make yourself a fret file from a small (8") triangle file. The work involved to modify the file takes about an hour, but it's worth it.

You use a Carborundum stone to remove the three corners from the file and then polish those corner surfaces smooth with 600-grit paper.

This makes what are called "safe" edges that ride against the wood without damaging it.

See pic

here.

bluzcat
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Jan 21st, 2019 01:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Peegoo, this looks doable.

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Just beyond Mars

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Jan 21st, 2019 01:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

Get yourself a fret rocker. Stu-macs are expensive. Look around for best price.

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Feb 1st, 2019 12:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

You could just do this.

Linky

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Just beyond Mars

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Feb 1st, 2019 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Shame on you :o)

Every guitar deserves a second chance. It takes a village!

Seriously, saving a guitar from the trash bin is a *noble* cause, as long as the cost of repairs does not exceed the value (monetary or emotional) of the instrument.

In most cases, a guitar can be put into really good playing condition with no new parts and an hour or three of some TLC. Anyone can do this stuff.

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Feb 2nd, 2019 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Or, you can take off the strings, go to the craft store, buy plastic flowers, put them in the sound hole, and hang the guitar on the wall. Secretly, I've always wanted to turn an Ovation into a remote control speed boat.

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Just beyond Mars

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Feb 2nd, 2019 11:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

There's always

this!

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