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Fixing a dead spot on neck?????

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by 69strat, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. 69strat

    69strat Member

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    When I bend at the 15th fret, the note dies. Can I just file that little spot or should I get the whole neck done?????
     
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    I,m sorry, Yea, I think its a fret.
     
  3. Mooncusser

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    I had a dead spot on one of the jumbo frets of my SRV Warmouth Fatback neck.
    I little file and then a polish..........in my case it worked flawlessly.:AOK
    That's just an expirience I had.
    Really try to locate the source. If it is a fret, just file very slowly.
    Hope that helps,
    Mass
     
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    Can I use a little sand paper ,or do I need a file?
     
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    I bought a needle file set from the local hardware store for $12.00.
    What I did was gently move in a circular motion, all the while trying the dead spot until it was rectified.
    Afterwards, a polish gauge sandpaper to smooth the finish on the fret.
    Write back if you need more help.

    Peace,
    Mass
     
  6. ChickenLover

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    One way to check for a fret being too high is to get something rigid and straight and of a length that it spans 3 frets (this changes as you move up the neck obv) and then place the straight edge on 3 frets, parallel with the neck. If the middle fret is too high you'll be able to rock the straight edge back and forth like a see-saw. This can help indicate 'how far to go' while you're filing down the high fret.
     
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    Remember that the culprit fret is the next one up, not the dead one.
    I would think that a pro fret dress and setup, on a neck such as that would be a good investment. If you are nickle and diming it on your own, it'll probably pop up elswhere pretty quickly.

    I'm very much a DIY type of person, but man I'll be the first to admit, a great pro dress and setup is money well spent, then it plays like a new guitar but better, and you are done with it for possibly years.
     
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    Before you start any fretwork run your finger under the string at that area. I had the same thing and it turned out to be a bad string - it had a dink on the underside.
     
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    Man!!!! Thats a new one..... I .ll check it out but, it only happens when I bend it up.
     
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    i would raise the action a little until it goes away - if that doesnt work for you - then get a pro fret job.
     
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    I agree...
     
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    I,ll try.... Thanks for all the advice, guys.
     
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    If you have one high fret it could also be reseated with a technical tap from a light, soft faced hammer. If you aren't comfortable doing this take it to a technician.
     
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    Actually, it can help. I've fixed many a neck with a high spot. Your frets don't need to all have the same crown height, just be in the same plane at the crown.
     
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    So you're hearing a little sitar-like twang before you bend it and then the note dies? That string is definitely "fretting out" on a fret higher up the neck (probably the very next one.)

    +1 to the advice above. You could try raising the action a tiny bit. A minor truss-rod adjustment may be in order, depending on where on the neck this is happening.

    If you still want to have the fret filed I'd take it to a pro if you've never worked on frets before (it sounds like you haven't). That is not a cheap neck you've got.


    hth,
    -fumbler-
     
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    How about a ...PJ? (Plek Job)

    ;)
     

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