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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 04-24-2007, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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RG550 20th fret problem?

I'm posting this on here as I can't get any decent answers on the Ibanez forum. This is really pissing me off. I played the guitar again today for a couple of hours and my frets are turning black. WTF!? Here's my post from the other board.

OK, this has me completely puzzled. A little while ago I polished up the frets on my RG550. All was well -- looked great, felt smoother, etc. Now I'm seeing these dark stains on the frets and I can't work out why. I am hoping it's just a bad set of strings, however, I'm only using my usual D'Addario's. I noticed they are going black real quick, but believe me, I'm the kind of person who keeps his strings very clean. I usually wash my hands before playing, and I usually wipe the strings down when I'm finished. The fret stains do come off with a little effort, but I have never seen this happen before. I have done the same fret polishing to all my guitars, including a Prestige 3120 I had and my old RG750. Those were fine. Have any of you ever had a bad set of strings that seemed to turn a crappy colour real quick? These are literally a few days old. I don't think crap strings should make the frets turn black either.

I don't know if it is the actual frets. I emailed Rich about it and he said they are just the usual jumbo frets as found on pretty much every RG, so nothing should be any different.
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Re: RG550 20th fret problem?

Your strings are turning though? If they are then that has to be the culprit.
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OK, I'm gonna change them. I have a new set (minus the top E) so I'm hoping you're right. Rich, on the 550's that you prepped and sent out, did you polish those frets? I would love to know if those are OK.
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Oh damn, I just remembered I still owe you 15 bucks. I'll put it into PayPal now and get it to you ASAP. Sorry about that, I forgot.

It'll take a while to clear, though.
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I've only done 2 so far, I haven't heard anything from those customers, which is only saying, I haven't heard anything. They might be case queens, but then why would they pay for the work?
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Very true. OK, I'm off to restring. Thanks for the replies Rich.
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Oh damn, I just remembered I still owe you 15 bucks. I'll put it into PayPal now and get it to you ASAP. Sorry about that, I forgot.

It'll take a while to clear, though.

I'd feel bad taking it. I quoted you, it was just that damn book that threw the weight off, I wasn't expecting that!
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Don't feel bad, the book is well worth $15. Cheers for being patient. It's in PayPal and as soon as it's cleared I'll send it.
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Re: RG550 20th fret problem?

I noticed my fingers getting black, but I still have the original strings on mine. I thought they used Daddarios (that's what I use), but have never had this happen with them. Makes me wonder if they're using cheap strings. I'll probably change them out this weekend when I get time. Maybe try to grind that nut down with a dremel and polish the frets while I'm at it.
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Re: RG550 20th fret problem?

Well as weird as it sounds, there might be some bad daddario sets out there. For no reason about a month ago, I put a 'new' set of daddarios on my FP and after a little playing my fingers turned all 'black' (no kidding). I was really intrigued and couldn't figure it out. I changed the strings to a new set ... and miracle, everything was cool and smooth again, no finger staining ... go figure what was wrong with the first set ...
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Re: RG550 20th fret problem?

if your fingers are turning black from playing your guitar with the stock strings... that is normal... why? coz they have never been clean properly...
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if your fingers are turning black from playing your guitar with the stock strings... that is normal... why? coz they have never been clean properly...

Then why did it happen to me once with a fresh set of strings out of the pack ? Whatever, happened once to me and never again ...
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Re: RG550 20th fret problem?

I know a guy that this happens to whenever he plays nickel strings. It's some kind of reaction to his sweat
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Re: RG550 20th fret problem?

I also Play D'addario strings...I've never experienced anything like that. It seems that I've heard of this before though..
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Well as weird as it sounds, there might be some bad daddario sets out there. For no reason about a month ago, I put a 'new' set of daddarios on my FP and after a little playing my fingers turned all 'black' (no kidding). I was really intrigued and couldn't figure it out. I changed the strings to a new set ... and miracle, everything was cool and smooth again, no finger staining ... go figure what was wrong with the first set ...
That's good to know.

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if your fingers are turning black from playing your guitar with the stock strings... that is normal... why? coz they have never been clean properly...
Mine were a fresh pack. I took the stock strings off after a day or so of having the guitar.

Anyway, let's see how it goes. I have a new set on there and I'm recording guitar tracks today.

Thanks for the replies to the thread, everyone, I'm not so worried about it now.
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