Guitar Fretboard Ruts

On my 12 String Yamaha Acoustic, the wood between the first 3 frets has developed horizontal ruts in the wood from the Strings being fretted I guess.  Can these be sanded flat or is this Guitar now permanently damaged?  Is 
this a sign of a warped Neck or normal wear and tear?

Thanks, Bill

Believe it or not, this is normal and won't hurt the playability of the guitar.  Eventually if it becomes too unsightly and you want to have it fixed, it can be done by a qualified luthier either by removing the frets and filling the holes or by sanding.  Then there's the refretting.  It's kind of a big repair.

This is why it's a good idea when buying a guitar to get one with a fret board made of hard wood like ebony or rosewood so it will last a long time.

Bob, Gman ( o )==#

Guitar Fretboard Ruts


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