At some point I need to learn and practice levelling and crowning frets. I have seen a few people post on here about tips so I know they would be interested in tips for starters. Basically, I would like the fret aspect of the setup of my guitars done to a high standard. I know some luthiers that are superb but a) It takes time to get the guitar to them and b) The good ones (quite rightly) are not cheap. I have tried a few others and . . . . .
Any of my more valuable guitars I don't think I would ever touch unless I became super confident. I have some lesser value guitars but I think I will buy 1 (or 2) very cheap bolt on necks just to practice. I understand levels etc courtesy of my plastering apprenticeship - shine a light along a 'flat wall' and see what bumps and dips appear or run your finger (amazingly sensitive) over the edge of a patched plaster wall where the old plaster meets the new. Ever plastered a squash court ;-)
This qualifies me I think to venture into fret levelling, I am sure I can do the job if I understand the mechanics and the gotchas.
I have just watched part 1 and two of this youtube video which covers the mechanics very well I think:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDy7cF255dY
I know he starts with a stanley knife blade as a rocker which seems a little crude but later you realise he was probably just assessing the situation and demonstrating any 3 fret straight edge will suffice.
Any comments about his approach appreciated. He seems to be very thorough and takes time and care but also uses the basic tools. Please remember to like/subscribe if you find useful. Duncan does mention on there that he usually uses diamond tipped crowning files - are they worth the money? I realise they are good accurate time savers if doing the job regularly but I guess you also need to buy the correct crowning file for each group of fret wire?
Any better/preferred approach in viedo format?