I bumped down my gauges to a .040 set with a pretty low action on all my basses a couple weeks ago, and everything was going good until I tried to bend a note on my 79 P at my gig tonight. It seems I can bend much farther now, but once I get past a whole step bend at the 12th fret or higher, it frets out. And the whole step bend isn't exactly clean, either. It's as close to fretting out as it gets without actually fretting out. So I'm wondering what the cheapest way to sort out the problem is. Raising the action to normal Fender specs doesn't work. So that would leave getting a fret dressing or possibly shimming the neck. A couple frets at the base of the neck have dents but I don't think a fret dressing is necessary. But is shimming the neck the answer? Do you think I can get the action low and not fret out by shimming? Or is a dressing the only realistic answer?