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Fret Leveling On A Compound Radius Neck?


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Hey guys, I'm in the process of setting up my new Warmoth, and it could probably use a fret level/crown/polish. I am somewhat experienced with fretwork, enough that I could easily do a level/crown/polish on a straight radius neck. But what's the best way to go about doing a fret level on a 10-16" compound radius neck? To make it even more challenging, the frets are stainless steel, which is much harder on your tools than nickel silver fretwire. Part of me thinks it would be best to let a good luthier do the work. On the other hand, I have all the necessary tools to do it myself, and I prefer the DIY route whenever possible. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to level frets on a compound neck? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Ryan

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When you're levelling, instead of using radius blocks (I'm just guessing that's what you use), use a flat long mill file. Follow the string paths down the neck instead of going parallel to the centerline. After you get the neck level on every individual string path, make a few LIGHT swooping motions across the board to blend them together. This has worked for me in the past, but I will say I've never done a perfect fretjob on anything, so take it with a grain of salt.

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