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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-17-2012, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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Soft fret wire

Hi folks,

I bought an RG1570 about 5 months ago, and I've noticed that the frets are already starting to show some slight signs of wear. Specifically, there are scratches along the frets caused by the windings of the strings. They are still superficial, but deep enough that you can slightly feel them with the fingernails.

I have other guitars, including much cheaper ones, played them for years and they do not show these symptoms.

Is this normal for the Prestige line? Should I expect to have to refret the instrument after only a few years?
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-17-2012, 08:03 AM
 
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Re: Soft fret wire

Depends on how on top of dressing them you stay.
Get them dressed, they are very rough from the factory anyways.
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Re: Soft fret wire

When I got my 1527M about a month ago... fresh from the factory... the fretwire was somewhat "rough." In other words, the frets didn't have a slick, mirror polish and instead showed normal "fresh off the assembly line" roughness. These appear as faint little lines in the frets that run the same direction as your strings (as opposed to across the frets, in the direction you would bend a note).

So, I did what I normally do to brand new guitars and polished them up. I hit them with Micromesh papers... #800 then #1000. Lastly, I hit them with #0000 steel wool. This removed the roughness and brought them to a mirror shine.

If yours came with similar "rough" frets, and you didn't buff those out first, your frets could pit and scratch as you fret and bend strings. On the other hand, when frets are highly polished, they're less prone (I think) to premature pitting and wear.

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Re: Soft fret wire

I think the newer Prestige models do use cheaper wire. My 20th RG and '06 RG1570 seem to have similar wear to my '01 which has many more hours logged in and is, of course, older. I also have cheaper Indo RG's that don't seem to show as much wear. Go figure.
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I think the newer Prestige models do use cheaper wire. My 20th RG and '06 RG1570 seem to have similar wear to my '01 which has many more hours logged in and is, of course, older. I also have cheaper Indo RG's that don't seem to show as much wear. Go figure.
Well that's bull****. So in 3-4 years I expect the frets will be worn to the point where they'll need work. Honestly I would have expected more from a Prestige. What was the problem with using stainless steel frets? There aren't any luthiers in my area so I have to do all the work on my guitars myself. And fret dressing/refretting is one of the more complex jobs...

Oh well, it's a great instrument otherwise... very comfortable to play.
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Re: Soft fret wire

The frets have not changed.
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The frets have not changed.
So why they wear out quicker then?
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Re: Soft fret wire

They don't.

OP, that's not fretwear, that sharp windings cutting into tops of the frets. Usually the result or high fretting pressure. I've done this myself back when I had much heavier left hand, I'm older and I play much lighter now.
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Re: Soft fret wire

I can wear out a set of frets in a year but I do PLAY A LOT,light touch but I DO PLAY A LOT....
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There's got to be something different. My 20th RG is the worst of the bunch. Yeah it's five years old and I play a lot, but I usually rotate guitars to give them somewhat equal time. The '01 RG570 essentially sat in a gig bag from 2002 to 2005 so it's kind of close in age.
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All I can tell you is I asked Junji a few years ago and he said the supplier and specs have never changed for all RG jumbo's.
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That doesn't mean the supplier hasn't changed the wire on them.
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Maybe I'm wrong and I've been pounding on the RG20th more than I recall.
There definitely seems to be a difference between MIJ and non-Premium Indo.
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