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Old August 8th, 2007, 02:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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how to fix dead frets?

on my acoustic.. the high E string 11th fret is blocked by the 12th, only my high E.

how do i fix this? ive already adjusted the truss rod a little bit to improve the action, but thats it

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Old August 8th, 2007, 08:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Your going to have to change the bridge nut. Sand he bottom until it sits just right. Make sure you don't over do it.

Make sure you buy a couple as well...

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Old August 8th, 2007, 04:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You need to work out if the 12th fret is high or the 11th is low.
A short (2")straight edge and some powerful reading glasses will help.
run the straight edge spaning the 12th fret, does it rock or sit flat? Is there a gap to the 11th fret? Is the 12th fret fully seated or is there a gap between the underside of the fret and the fretboard?
How does it play on the 13th fret and above?
It is probably a high 12th but you do need to check first.
You may need to reseat the fret or spot level it.
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Old August 9th, 2007, 10:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I Had This Problem on a Strat Neck...

....what happened over time, is that the wood on the fretboard, where there was a small knot in the wood, became a little raised, relative to the rest of the fretboard
and raised one fret slightly. That fret would be dead right where that detail in the wood was. My luthier made two-three passes with the fret crowning file, and brought that fret down to the same height as the others. I don't even think he charged me. Now, it's fine. But, I had a devil of a time figuring out what was causing it, and I couldn't correct with any set-uup changes, either. It was dead no matter what I did. But, the fix was easy. Could probably do it myself with a steel rule and the right fret crowning file.
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Old August 10th, 2007, 02:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've had that happen. Sometimes the fret pops up a little bit. What I did was take a fret hammer and tapped it in with the plastic head. If you don't have a plastic headed hammer you could use the back of a screwdriver in a pinch. Just tap the 12th fret a bit.
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