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Old February 20th, 2011, 05:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Baja fret choking/truss rod adjust HELP!

Hi everyone,

so sold my original BAJA and regretted it instantly,

so yesterday I had arranged to meet a guy to buy another and met him in the shopping centre ( was best for both of us in terms of distance.)

had a quick look over ( it was like new ) and a huge neck :)

shook hands and got a great price.
got home and on the 15th fret g string it just buzzes no note just buzz

also on the 16th fret it is perfect again?

there is a tiny little amount of buzz open g string though.

any help?

I have raised the action lowered the action set intonation each time but still the same?

mayb its just a really high fret?

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Old February 20th, 2011, 06:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Take a short ruler/straightedge and set it edgewise on the frets centered over the 16th fret. Does it rock? Can you make a tick-tock sound?

Fender.com has a tele set-up guide on their web page that can help with truss rod adjustment.
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Old February 20th, 2011, 07:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi, sorry I dont really have any equipment other than a screwdriver haha.

do you know of any websites that have a video for what you are explaining?

thanks
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Hi, sorry I dont really have any equipment other than a screwdriver haha.

do you know of any websites that have a video for what you are explaining?

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Well, if all you have is a screwdriver, then obviously the truss-rod needs adjusting.

Seriously, there's a great thread on fret-leveling here, but without tools, you're pretty much dead in the water. You might as well take it straight in to a tech. If you just wanna know about that one fret, though, lay anything that's straight (don't you even have a 10cm ruler or something? How about a straight-sided shot glass? ) along the neck. If you're buzzing on the 15th and fine on the 16th, maybe the 16th fret is high. If it's high, the straight edge will rock on it like a seesaw. Don't use anything too long, though, or the neck relief might mask the high fret.

You can check the relief (straightness) of the neck by capoing the strings at the first fret, fretting with your finger at the last fret, and measuring the gap between the top of the 8th fret and the bottom of the low E string. There should be some--like 1 or 2 sheets of paper's worth, maybe (.25mm for a 9.5-inch radius neck). The size of the gap depends on the radius of the fretboard. Anyway, if there's no gap at all, the neck is either laser-beam straight or back-bowed, and adjusting the truss rod (lefty-loosy) a little bit MIGHT help.

Good luck with it!
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Hi, sorry I dont really have any equipment other than a screwdriver haha.

do you know of any websites that have a video for what you are explaining?

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not suggesting that you need to buy one of these, but the principle is explained here:

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not suggesting that you need to buy one of these, but the principle is explained here:

The fret rocker is a great tool because it is guaranteed flat, unlike rulers.
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