Harmony Stratotone: fretting out

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  1. 56_Special

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    I was in a music store today that had a cool old Harmony Stratone H44. It looked all original and the price was decent. The only problem is that it fretted out in many different spots at the 9th fret and higher. I didn't even have to bend. Just some wide vibrato was enough to cause the fret out. The radius is quite flat. The neck had some back bow, but nothing crazy. Of course there is no truss rod. The action was reasonable. Maybe even a touch high by some standards. What do you guys suppose the problem is, and how could it be addressed?
     
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    Sounds like a rise in the upper part of the fingerboard ,not uncommon in the Chicago made economy instruments, Kay and Harmony. One solution is pulling some or all of the frets, planing the fingerboard and refretting. Its possible the frets just need to be leveled and dressed but a rise in the fingerboard is pretty likely.

    Usual sight unseen disclaimer applies.
     
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    Thanks!
     

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