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    Epi LP - Rusted frets

    Our keyboardist asked me to rewire his Epi LP. Well, he didn't mention the layer of rust on every fret that I'm looking at right now.

    This is a guitar I had hoped to use in a couple weeks. What's the best way to get the rust off the frets without screwing with the board too much.

    The rest of the rust just looks like good relicing.
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    dremel with one of the felt wheels dipped in clearcoat polish.

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    If the rust is heavy use #0000 Steel wool first. Tape off the body around the fingerboard, steel wool the frets with the grain, then buff with the dremel wheel as mentioned above.
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    Its probably to late to do you any good but I would cover the pickups with tape before you start working on the frets. Its very likely if you don't all the little particles will stick to your magnetic PU's.

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    Re: Epi LP - Rusted frets

    I got anal with the blue painters tape all along the fretboad, both the pups, and the switch/knobs. Steel wool and a lot of elbow grease did the trick. Frets need replacement since the rust did eat away at them a bit, but its nice and slick again.

    I didn't use it for the gig but we will debut the song at another show.
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    Re: Epi LP - Rusted frets

    I'm glad You taped it up, other wise anything metallic will stick to the PU magnets causing a mess. Did You put any oil or conditioner on the board? I hope you're getting lots of work.
    Last edited by Baxen; 09-19-2011 at 10:54 PM.

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