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Old 02-28-2015, 03:00 AM
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Default Rolling the fingerboard edges makes a dramatic improvement...

I've always had this done to my guitars as part of the set-up. This time I did it myself... simple.

I used a couple of emory boards and took my time and was done in a flash.

When I posted my NGD about the D Jr, I noted the rough finish and frets that had not been polished.

It turns out that playing the guitar does the final polish of the frets. And, some 0000 steel wool made a dramatic feel to the finish of the guitar. I remember how my Big Baby looked after ten years of playing, tonight I accomplished several years worth of wear to the wood in a matter of seconds and it looks and feels great...
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Old 02-28-2015, 05:29 AM
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I always roll the fingerboard edges on my guitars. It makes the neck feel smoother.
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Old 02-28-2015, 06:26 AM
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Don't you loose fretboard width by doing this ?
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Old 02-28-2015, 06:36 AM
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I've done it on some of my electrics - literally rolled with a screwdriver... makes a big difference. I hate fingerboards with sharp edges on the frets. It's like holding a chainsaw. Rolling the frets makes a big difference to my playing enjoyment.
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Old 02-28-2015, 07:25 AM
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So you're talking about affecting the board (wood) only, right?

Here's my problem, likely one I don't have time to do anything about. Our closing song in worship tomorrow requires me on electric since our regular electric player is out of town. I pulled out my old and cheap, but fundamentally AWESOME, Peavey Reactor (especially paired with my Hot Rod Deville) to practice up and my frets are sticking out so much I can't believe it. I know it's due to very low humidity. They are like so many razor blades.

The bad thing is the piece is nothing but palm-muted barre chords, which makes it worse.

I don't suppose there's anything I can do about it before tomorrow morning, eh? Certainly don't think I can re-humidify the neck in less than 24 hours.
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Old 02-28-2015, 07:31 AM
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Default Don't you loose fretboard width by doing this ?

No, a slight radius makes a huge improvement... Yes, heavily rolled to the extent of shortening frets can scrub off some of that real estate... But, a slight relief works for me...

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Old 02-28-2015, 07:35 AM
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Does it mess with the finish at all?
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Back to topic: I can't follow this thread. What do people mean by "rolling" the fretboard? I have never heard of such a practice.
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Does it mess with the finish at all?
Maple boards, yes...Richlite, Ebony, or Rosewood no...
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Old 02-28-2015, 08:56 AM
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I can't follow this thread. What do people mean by "rolling" the fretboard? I have never heard of such a practice.
Putting a slight radius on the edge of the fingerboard, not the face.

This is a heavily rolled fingerboard:

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Gotcha, thanks! Seems like something I should leave to someone with better woodworking skills than mine.
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Gotcha, thanks! Seems like something I should leave to someone with better woodworking skills than mine.
I've done it on several partscasters and now on an acoustic, and it's not as intimidating as you would think... go slowly taking a little off at a time, if your cutting frets, you have gone too far, or, going for the heavy rolled look/feel. I never had much luck with the screwdriver/socket way...
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I'm glad to see this discussion! Several years ago, I also did this on a Partscaster and thought it made an incredible improvement. I'll have to pull out hat neck again and check it out. I wonder if my acoustics might benefit?
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Old 02-28-2015, 10:07 AM
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Could one of you that have done this fingerboard edge rolling quickly run through the process or provide a good link? The one pic here doesn't give me enough to go on. I have two Gibsons that are described as having the edges rolled at the factory and I really like both of those guitars for their feel and playability and would like to duplicate that if I could on another instrument.
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