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    Default What the hell, Warwick????

    Had some time to kill in another city because I needed to pick up my old man after a colonoscopy, hung out at the local GC.

    *Tried* to pick up a new Warwick, one of the $799 - 999 ones iirc, and damn near sliced my hand open.

    Checked the sides of the fretboard, EVERY fret was jagged, protruding, and sharp. On BOTH sides.


    Is this the new normal?????

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    That's actually fairly common for a guitar with wood that is adjusting to humidity differences. It doesn't even have to be that drastic of a change for certain types of wood to cause the frets to sprout, as it is commonly called.
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    I never experienced great amount of fret sprout, until I took a guitar to the desert and watched it happen. I think it just depends on the conditions when the frets were dressed as compared to any travel occurring since that point.
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    It's that time of year. Last year several of the stores I do work for bought extra humidifiers to keep from paying me to shave the razors off the fretboards.

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    Im in SoCal

    We don't really have seasons, per se...and stores are air conditioned year round anyway

    Plus it was just the Warwick that was extra nasty. Few others had some unpleasant frets, but nothing like this.

    I rather suspect "Made in China", not seasonal changes, to be the cause
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    I recently obtained a Framus guitar [ 6 string ] which are made by Warwick. No problems with the fretwork or any part of the guitar. It is a re-issue of an early Framus model and was made about five years ago. Maybe Warwick's QC has deteriorated or maybe that was a one off bomb. I wonder which.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adieu View Post
    Im in SoCal

    We don't really have seasons, per se...and stores are air conditioned year round anyway

    Plus it was just the Warwick that was extra nasty. Few others had some unpleasant frets, but nothing like this.

    I rather suspect "Made in China", not seasonal changes, to be the cause
    Most stores usually don't bother with too much fretwork on models that haven't been sold yet, that way people come back and get the guitar setup. Consider that your frets could have been fit to the guitar in a relatively humid location and that is likely what happened.

    It's pretty tough to do what you described by accident, even after only a day on the job.
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    Default Re: What the hell, Warwick????

    Could have been kept in a warehouse that was un-air conditioned for a time, and that certainly would cause it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    Could have been kept in a warehouse that was un-air conditioned for a time, and that certainly would cause it.
    It was sold as new and had the literally worst case I've ever seen.... I don't think that much can be achieved quite that easily. Major manufacturing errors still required

    And I've lived places with 30 below winters before, too, so it's not 24/365 climate controlled CA naivete
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mincer View Post
    Could have been kept in a warehouse that was un-air conditioned for a time, and that certainly would cause it.
    AC is probably worse than non-AC since it dries the air out more. The wood shrinks when it dries out.

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    Default Re: What the hell, Warwick????

    That's more a of GC problem than a Warwick problem. They aren't regulating the humidity or maintaining their guitars. Hopefully, you didn't get hurt too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devastone View Post
    AC is probably worse than non-AC since it dries the air out more. The wood shrinks when it dries out.
    Exactly. Southern Cal is relatively dry too.

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    I'm a serial neck groper.

    If this were a common occurence, I'd have noticed a few thousand necks ago
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    I blame the shop in both possible situations: First if the put that guitar untested on the display. Second if they don't check regularly their goods for developing problem. Both is not acceptable.
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