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barend

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When practicing the same fast meend from the same fret over and over you get this fret scraping after some time. Very annoying. Usually I put a (very) little bit oil on the 'pain point' of the fret. That helps for a little while but not very long. Sometimes I use steel wool but usually that also doesn't last very long either.

Is there a way to avoid this fret scraping? and what is the best way to 'repair' the scraped fret besides the use of steel wool? 
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Keep your strings and frets clean!  Wipe them thoroughly after EVERY time you play. If they start scraping again, use your finger on the fret before as well as the fret that you are playing on. If you are using oil, it's the oil solidifying that's making the noise... 

Hope this helps!

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P.S. When was the last time you changed string?  Make sure that the underside of the string feels o.k. where it is scraping.

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I use a fine sandpaper carefully wiping, on mine. Good idea to check your string too.
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Keep your strings and frets clean!  Wipe them thoroughly after EVERY time you play. If they start scraping again, use your finger on the fret before as well as the fret that you are playing on. If you are using oil, it's the oil solidifying that's making the noise... 

Hope this helps!



Ok thanks for your suggestions. Yes I wipe of the strings each time I play. The string doesn't feel rough underneath. And I am not using very much oil.

You mean using your fingers to wipe of the fret before and the one you are playing?
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Yes, that's correct!  Should work if you get all the solidified oil off.
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...and it doesn't matter whether you use oil or not, your body naturally produces oil that remains on the string, which is why you need to wipe EVERY time you play.
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There’s also the old trick of polishing the frets with Turtle Wax, which works amazingly well.
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There’s also the old trick of polishing the frets with Turtle Wax, which works amazingly well.


You mean the car wax? any specific one or are all Turtle Waxes the same?

I have this one. Is that more or less the same as that Turtle Wax?
https://www.amazon.co.uk/HG-168030106-Steel-Polish/dp/B000IU3VXK
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I’m not exactly sure, but a former forum member recommended Turtle Wax about 10 years now and it has worked amazingly well. I’m not sure what it’s composition is but it’s a kind of waxy substance that you smear on with a cloth.
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