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.