Gibson LP Studio bends fretting out?

still.ill

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I got a LP faded brown where bends just seem a lot harder to play and m3 bends on the High E just fret out, unless I raise the action obscenely high. (I try to setup my guitars so I can just about get the m3 bends on the B/E strings)

My Gibson ES-335 Dot Gloss can do those bends no problem with even LOWER action....

Since they are both 24.75 guitars with 10's on them I feel like they should be able to play the same.

I'm guessing some fretwork needs to be done on the LP? I have both the necks about the same, straight with just a teensy hint of relief.
 

Ronsonic

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Your guess is probably correct.

One variable you don't mention is the fingerboard radius - The more curved board is going to fret out at a point where a flatter board won't. This is especially an issue with the top two strings, since big bends will take them over the high point of the board.
 

still.ill

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damn my tech is gonna charge me $320 for the fret leveling and setup..... he said the nut was too high as well.

I knew he was expensive but whoa.... well he does have a picture of him and keith richards sitting at the entrance(he's his guitar tech)
 
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Schafrocks

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damn my tech is gonna charge me $320 for the fret leveling and setup..... he said the nut was too high as well.

I knew he was expensive but whoa.... well he does have a picture of him and keith richards sitting at the entrance(he's his guitar tech)
My guy just did this for me for $70. The guitar plays unbelievable now. Very cheap I know, but I wouldn't expect to pay more than $150 anyway. Hell you should be able to get a complete refret for what he's charging. Is this guy a famous luthier? If not he should be because that's way out of line IMO.
 




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