Seems ok to have last (21nd) fret too low?

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  1. ppg677

    ppg677 Tele-Meister

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    I'm leveling a newly fretted neck right now. The last fret (21nd) is quite a bit lower than the rest of the board.

    Now I can sand away and make the whole board level. I'll remove quite a bit from the other 20 frets.

    But why not just leave the last fret a bit low? My simple reasoning tells me that fret buzz can't be caused by the last fret being lower than the rest??
     
  2. reckless meanie

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    I would leave it, it’s not going to cause any problems if it’s lower than the others. How often do you use that fret anyway;)? I’ve had that issue too. Who wants to spend 30 minutes sanding away all your other frets?
     
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    If it’s a little low that’s okay a lot of luthiers make the last 5 or so a little lower. Especially on set necks like Les Pauls and acoustics where a hump can develop.
    Physically if it’s the last fret you’re right there’s nowhere on the fret board to buzz
     
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    Replacing the low fret with a taller fret would be much smarter than grinding down the other twenty frets. I'd just leave it as is.
     
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    Yep. I have an Epi SG I'm working on for a friend. Last five frets are level - the wound strings ring on them. Yes, he does play up there and notices.
     
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