I recently caved and bought one of those cheap Chinese knockoff necks for about $35 for a Tele build I'm working on. I figured if it ended up playing nice then it's a steal, and if it was a piece of junk then I'm not out that much. So I took the chance, and it actually feels pretty good. It's straight, has a functioning truss rod, and it's chunkier than my other Tele and Strat necks, which i really dig. The finish is pretty good too, except for some reason they painted on a fake skunk stripe, which I don't really see the point of, but whatever - it doesn't effect playability. My only big complaint is that I like pretty low action and as soon as I get anything even close to low I get buzz and fret-outs, especially in higher registers above the 12th fret. I would consider myself way more of a tech than a luthier. I've put together many partscasters over the years with pretty good success, a couple which are still in my starting line-up for gigs currently. I can solder pretty well, and I've even messed around with some refinishing and routing modifications. But usually when the files and chisels need to come out, that's when I call on the pros. In this case, just from visual examination the frets appear to be level, and it doesn't make sense to me to pay a tech/luthier potentially several times what I paid for the neck originally just to achieve that low action feeling I desperately crave. That's the reason i learned to solder pickups in the first place - so I wouldn't have to pay a tech a hundred bucks everytime i want to make some tone tweaks. It'd probably make more sense to buy another, nicer, neck. However, I like the chunky feeling this one has so much I'd really like to make it work for this build. Which brings me to my main questions: 1. From my description, does it even sound like unleveled frets are the culprit for the buzz and fret-outs, and the required high action? 2. If it is the frets, how easy would it be for me to learn how to level frets on this guitar myself? And what are the essential tools for this job? Thanks for the help everyone!