Hey all, I need some advice regarding doing some maintenance to a guitar I recently picked up. It's a custom 8 string made by a luthier here in British Columbia, Joe Egan. Aside from the issue I'm writing about, it's a beautiful, tone-rich instrument.
The seller picked it up off craigslist in Vancouver a little while ago, and sold it to me for a price I couldn't refuse (traded off a Schecter Banshee 6 fr active plus a few shekels)
He fully disclosed that the fretboard had settled a bit after construction, leaving the fret ends on bass and treble sides protruding ever so slightly. They're not to the point of effecting playability, but do leave the interior of my index finger a little raw after extended periods of play.
I'm planning on levelling them off a bit myself since access to luthiers in the BC interior is nil, and for the price of the instrument, I'm not going to lose any sleep if I leave it a bit less than totally desirable. Mentally planning my plan of attack, it seems somewhat reasonable to tape off the space between the frets, as well as on the neck bordering on the tang. At this point I would use steel wool to gingerly rub the ends of each fret to the point where I was comfortable with how they felt, and work them to a finish using a very fine steel wool.
Does this sound like an appropriate sound of attack? I'm hoping to hear from some of the luthiers around here, or techs with relevant experience. I also own a dremel, but am hesitant towards using it on anything but the finishing buff.
Thanks in advance!