feeler gauges under the fret wire

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  1. SamBooka

    SamBooka Member

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    So I have a neck that plays ok. (fender road worn maple neck/fingerboard) but since I just got it and actually started to set up the guitar the fret rockers were pointing to a couple of trouble spots (again, I didnt notice when I bought the guitar so nothing life threatening yet)

    on about 7 of the frets I can fit a .002 feeler gauge under the fret. I tried pressing them in with a fret caul. I tried a good solid back with the fretting hammer.. the gap is still there

    I am not sure I am comfortable with using CA because the only stuff i find round here isnt the water thin stuff..

    At what point is close enough close enough?
     
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    Hard to say... really what counts is the top of the frets. How far under can you get a feeler?
     
  3. SamBooka

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    All the way to the tang.. one of them I can get a .004 in.
     
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    Don't use CA on maple fretboard, you'll end up with nasty greenish stains on maple!
    The best way to seat the frets in a cse like this is refretting, partial if possible.
     
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    Is there any space for the tang to move down? I've seen frets bottomed out that way, and aside from that nit-picky little gap, they level, crown and play just fine.
     
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    well they dont seem to be bouncing back. My concerns are

    a) is it stable?
    b) is gunk going to get under there in time and make it unstable?

    I dont gig.. I dont plan to gig.. (never say never) and I havent gunked up a fingerboard since I was 16 but thinking long term.

    I actually said fukit last night, i have only had the guitar 5 days. Since I had the neck off and i cant seat the frets better without pulling them I will wait and see. Straightened the neck.. levels all the frets and spot checked with a fret rocker and touched up a couple of spots. polished and put it back together (and took advantage of it being apart to lube the trod nut and change the tone pot and cap).

    I have to say I dont know what happened but wow. the thing plays great. I was shocked.

    SO .. wait and see .. if the thing stays stable for a year or two I will not worry about it (or worry about it when the time comes).
     

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