Fret ends on new Prestige guitars?

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  1. Speedy!

    Speedy! Active Member

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    I'm getting ancy to order a new Prestige.

    However, one that I'm considering is the RG752AHM, and a few folks have said that the fret ends are sharp?

    I've ALWAYS heard that the fretwork on Prestige guitars is fantastic!

    Is this just an oddity?

    Does this PARTICULAR model have a problem with sharp fret ends, or is Prestige QC really so variable?

    Thanks for any input guys!
     
  2. Lorcan Ward

    Lorcan Ward 7slinger

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    A lot of maple board Ibbys come with just the fret ends snipped off and zero dressing. No idea what Ibanez does this and they even pass it on their inspections before going to dealers. You can get lucky and get ones that are dressed but they are never as nice as rosewood/ebony board ones. I'd love to know why.
     
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    Man, that sucks!

    Hmmm....

    Gonna rethink this, cuz there’s nothing worse than sharp fret ends.

    :(
     
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    I don't know what it is with the Prestige team but IMHO, I think the QC is variable based on what "I have seen/felt on my 3 Prestige guitars". My RG1570 and RG665 have the Prestige fret treatment. Frets ends are very smooth and rounded. You couldn't snag your fingers on the fret ends if you even tried. However, on my RG1420, as Lorcan Ward stated, they seem to have just been snipped off the frets ends with no dressing. The fret edges are shiny, uniformed and sharp, though, it's not so sharp as to I wouldn't want to play it. It (RG1420) plays really, really well but strange it didn't have the Prestige fret treatment the other 2 have.
     
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    I recently got my hands on an RG652AHM and it had terribly sharp fret ends. It seems to be limited to the older maple 652 models as I haven't seen those complaints on newer guitars or even the 550 reissue series yet.
     
  6. Speedy!

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    Well, Sweetwater music has a few 752’s in stock. I could have someone check them out for me, and see if there IS a difference between any of them.

    I think I’ll do that.

    :)
     
  7. groverj3

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    This is the most ss.org thing ever. This happens all the time on guitars of every brand, and sometimes on very expensive models. It's not worth worrying about.

    Just spend an hour in front of the TV and file the ends smooth.
     
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    Yes, filing fret ends is a handy skill to know. I wouldn’t mind learning it.
     
  10. Speedy!

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    Any recommendation for an exact brand/type of fret file?

    Not being sarcastic.

    :)
     
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    I hear mixed reviews about those x52AHM models.

    I saw quite a few different issues on here regarding their 6 string models.

    I have had one of the 7 string models and mine actually did NOT have a problem with sharp fret edges. A buddy of mine also has a damn near perfect one.

    The issue mine did have was that on the bass side of the neck I could fit roughly 2 - 3 business cards in the gap.

    Best of luck with yours if you grab one.
     
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    Cool, thanks for the info!
     
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    Oh, if you do decide to work on the frets yourself, practice on a couple of cheap guitars first, as this is something you have to do a couple of times to learn how to do it correctly. I wouldn't start on a nice guitar.
     
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    There's a difference between fret sprout due to wood shrinking and bad craftmanship. Not filing the fret edges is the latter and shouldn't happen on a ~1500€ guitar.
     
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    I don't think you understand the opening post. This is where the frets have been snipped at the end and left as is. $50 argos entry guitars don't have this.

    IMG_7438.PNG

    My tech fixed mine up. These fret ends are probably my fav out of anything, you need a wide board though otherwise you'd get high E slip.
    IMG_7439.PNG
     
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    Were those Prestige fret ends? YIKES!

    Is that the same guitar in the next pic with the frets fixed, or a different guitar?
     
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    Grobet Swiss files all the way. A fine cut square file is the way to go, ultra sharp to effortlessly shape the edges but fine enough cut that you don't have to spend a bunch of time removing file marks.
     
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    Thanks for the info, much appreciated!
     
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    That is nice work, but I prefer more of a "BB" rounded end. I've had a tech do my frets like that with a lot of fall away and yeah, they tend to slip off the edge. Does look nice, and if it works for you great. I just wouldn't recommend trying to do that on your first try.
     

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