Offline woll

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Tidying up a showmaster
« on: June 03, 2016, 08:25:24 PM »
My squier showmaster breaks a lot of b strings, none of my other guitars have this problem. It has Ernie ball super slinkies on, medium thickness. Re-strung it at the same time as my sg play them both equally, so I don't think it's my playing or re-stringing.
I was going to just re-string it with a set of elixirs. But when I sat down to do it, I noticed the fret wires have some fair grooves in them. I don't think they're that bad that they need replacing. But I do think they need a redress. The guitar only cost me ?40 so I don't really want to spend too much on it. Is it something I could do myself?  Or otherwise how much would I be looking at to get a luthier to do it?
I was thinking of cleaning the fretboard too and treating it. But I'm not sure what the fretboard is made from and I don't want to damage the wood. How can I tell?


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Re: Tidying up a showmaster
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2016, 10:03:46 AM »
As far as cleaning up the fingerboard goes, I always used either Lemon Oil or Dr Duck's Axe Wax.
Once you have all the strings off, just apply some Lemon oil to a rag and just gently rub it in to the fretboard and over the Frets themselves. Leave it a few minutes and then give it a quick buffing with another clean rag. You'll probably find that the cleaning rag will be filthy once you've done this. Have a look at the finger board, if you thing it could do with another going over, do so.
Really rub hard when you are taking the oil off on the second application, your fingerboard should now be looking far nicer and your frets should be gleaming.

As far as the frets are concerned, perhaps pop a picture up on here so that we can get a better idea of how bad they are? It's a long time since I had any fret work done, so I am out of touch with prices, but a good fret dress WILL cost more than you paid for the guitar, but in my view, it would be money well spent.

Where abouts are you based? Might be able to make some recommendations on people woth using once we know your location.

String Breakages. 99% of the time the problem will lie at the Nut. But Showmasters came in many types, some had a Fender version of a Floyd Rose Trem and a Locking Nut, others had the more conventional style of Nut, so again, tell us which you have and then........ we can offer more advice.

What ever, the problem shouldn't be anything too serious. ;)
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