High Fret

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  1. DLReed

    DLReed TDPRI Member

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    I have some fret buzzing going on on the low e and a string when fretted at the 4th fret. I purchased the fretguru 2 tool that has a "fretrocker". As I suspected, it rocked when spanning frets 4-6 meaning the fifth fret is a tad high. When examining the fret it looks as though it may not be pushed in all the way - from the top of the fretboard it seems as if it is but when looking underneath the strings there is a tiny bit of space that I can't see with the other frets. My question is should I try to just tap it into place or is a fret leveling in order?
    Thanks!
     
  2. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Friend of Leo's

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    Give it a few whacks with a soft-faced hammer and check it again. If it stays down, you're done. I had to do that to a few frets on my new Bullet last week.
     
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    Yeah, try a plastic tipped hammer. IF it levels, flood some superglue in the fret end. BEWARE: this glue is thin and ruins finish! Tape it off.
     
  4. DLReed

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    Ok - Thanks! I will get the proper hammer tomorrow and give it a whack
     
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  5. LutherBurger

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    I forgot to mention this: loosen the strings and move them well out of the way before hammering. If you hit a string you'll dent the fret.
     
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  6. DLReed

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    Will do - thanks
     
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    ^^^ THIS ^^^
     
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    TimTam Tele-Holic

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    Fret hammers are cheap.
    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=352804370749

    As you say, fret 5 looks slightly unseated. Just be aware that fret rockers can sometimes mislead. The rocking spanning 4-6 could theoretically be due to any of (1) high 5th, (2) low 4th, (3) low 6th, or both (2) and (3). So you need to look at adjacent frets too, understanding what a low fret will show. Sometimes with a longer straight edge and a light source behind.

    The Fretguru tool also has a fret height gauge, but it may not be easy to use it to tell inter-fret height differences precisely. Even digital calipers can be fiddly for that.
     
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  9. coloradojeff

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    Stew-Mac just had video of how to do that. Check their website.
     
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