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Fret Wire Uneven

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by XXL, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. XXL

    XXL calm seas dont make skilled sailors Supporting Member

    Jun 14, 2007
    I was hoping for some advice to this problem.

    On the G string side of the neck the fret wire are all even into the cut fret markers or lines, but on the E side of things there a numerous frets that leave space where the cuts are. Basically the frets dont go to the bottom of the specific cut. The F fret, the F# fret,A# fret, etc. I believe that this is the reason that I get major fret buzz on the E and A strings no matter how I set the relief or the action.
    I did relieve the buzz a bit by using the lightest string gauges I could find, but thats just a band-aid.
    I dont think I can fix this problem on my own.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Jools4001

    Jools4001 Supporting Member

    Quite a few basses (usually budget ones) have one or two fret slots that go deeper than the fret tang (that's the T shaped piece that goes into the slot).

    It's not great, but that alone shouldn't be a problem. It only becomes a problem if there is a gap between the bottom of the D shaped part of the fret and any part of the fingerboard. That would indicate that the fret is lifting from the slot. If the fret is not lifting then the tang is doing it's job even if the slot is a little deep.

    If any of the frets are lifting you could try a drop of CA glue and tap them down again, but that's a job probably best left to someone with previous experience.

    My guess would be that if all the frets are correctly seated then it probably just needs the frets levelling and dressing.

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