This cool Jim Root Fender Telecaster was recently in the workshop for a mini restoration, it was suffering from very high action, with worn frets because of it!
It also had had something spilt over it which had melted into the nitrocellulose lacquer!
We gave it a full setup and fret recrown, along with a slight hand polish to remove the visual worst of the melted/stained lacquer, but preserving the style of the guitar.
First job was replacing the dead battery, we've never seen a battery held in with expanding foam before, made removing it quite interesting!
The top photos show the condition of the frets once the strings were removed. Firstly the fingerboard was masked off, then the top of the frets are marked before the recrowning begins.
After the recrown, you can see the wear has been reduced, but the top of the frets have not been touched so their level is not affected.
After the hand fret polish, the micro abrasives polish the frets to a high shine, also smoothing off the frets and removing the wear slightly further. The end result is shiny, smooth frets that intonate correctly and allow easier bending!