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    Would this be sacrilege?

    I'm thinking of doing the following to my Sherman-restored Ibanez UV777GR.

    1. adding a set of Schaller mini-locking tuners (to facilitate quicker string changes)
    2. refretting with small fret wire (Dingwall uses banjo & mandolin frets claiming it's the ultimate in intonation & overall slick feel. I really dug the feel of the Dingwall basses I tried recently).

    Talk me in or out of it.

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    Do eet!

    My 8-string had vintage-sized fretwire and it was sweet.

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    Should be fine

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    I hate vintage style fretwire on guitar myself... My fingers wind up all over the board, makes vibrato lame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elysian View Post
    makes vibrato lame.
    Explain....

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    Quote Originally Posted by shannon View Post
    Explain....
    Maybe I just don't have a light enough touch, but my fingers wind up rubbing on the fretboard, making vibrato tougher. I also have issues with chording on thicker gauge strings, it's easier for me with jumbo fretwire. I even went so far as to go jumbo fretwire on my acoustic, it's so much more comfortable to play on, to me.

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    I think if you've got a light touch, smaller fretwire definitely has intonation advantages. I don't mind my fingers contacting the wood... it also helps me to stop pressing notes sharp by playing too heavy.

    I personally prefer medium-tall fretwire for that reason. I find that jumbo frets make me feel like i'm trying to run up stairs that are like 1" taller than normal stairs.

    As for the tuners, i say go for it. After all, it is a "restored" instrument, so it's not like it has any "original" value in it from a collector's standpoint.

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