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OK..fret wear is from the strings essentially rubbing up against the metal frets, based on the amount of use, as well as the heaviness of your playing, etc. Usually, what you will see in an instance of fret wear is little indentations where the strings will normally rest on the fret.
You'll notice it, it's not hard to miss; if you have an issue of fret wear, you can have a tech re-crown the frets, which is to basically have them sanded down and rounded off so that the fret is nice and smooth again, just as you would see on a new guitar.
That's about the best way that I can explain, but I'm sure that there is more to be added, so others feel free to add in.
Darrell W. Fulwilder
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