"Stew Mac sells a small fret dressing file that works very well for smoothing out those edges that feel so sharp. The main difference in the file is that is is smooth on the two thin edges so you can round a fret edge without gouging into your fret…"
"Hi Jerry, I was referring to the corners that can catch your hand on the fret ends. I have a very small fine file for this job, sandpaper would not get into that corner.
I think you may be referring to the old way of recrowning the fret tops, and…"
"I have not seen the Gitty tool but the ways I do it are a file I mounted in a block of wood at an angle, don't use that much, a file mounted to a block of wood, not angled it's the one I prefer, and I do it free hand.
"I invested in a drill bit gauge and a nice collection of drill bits with LOTS of in-between sizes.
I use the gauge to find the perfect fit for the tuner shaft that is the smallest that still lets the shaft turn freely without binding, the matching…"
"I have purchased my open gear tuners in bulk from China for some time now. Buying from the same vendor will sometimes result in receiving a different quality tuner with every shipment, but I am as frugal as I can be. Most problems I have are due to…"
"Just to clarify the harsh angles i mentioned , i meant more like a hard angle coming off the nut or a retainer screw to the shaft , or an odd angle due to a headless design , ie pulling more from the…"
"I have had pretty good luck with Gitty's Economy tuners, which are open. I think he calls them by another name. A few have gone bad, but I have used a lot. I bought some good looking black closed tuners on ebay that were…"
"Good info, based on the feedback I think the open gear tuners I used that failed were attached to a scarf joint with about a 15' angle as opposed to a more straight head stock. I think the tuner used will need to be based on the type of…"
"Hi Brent. unless the tuners are really cheapies, I think they should work correctly, for while anyway. As noted it my be an installation issue. The main difference with closed back models is they often have better support for the shaft.
"I have had bushings which squeezed the post to tightly, making it difficult to turn. Then I drilled the bushing holes a smidge larger and corrected the issue. I think open tuners work fine though I also use closed tuners, depends on the build."