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 Post subject: Fix for Groove in Fret?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:16 am 
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I recently picked up a used American Standard HSS Strat in Sienna Sunburst. The guitar is beautiful and is practically in mint condition, but I have come across one issue.

The frets have very little wear overall, but there is a slight groove or notch in the 15th fret near the B string. It's more of an annoyance than anything serious - no buzzing, notes don't fret out, there are no dead notes, bends sound fine - it just feels a bit strange to play because the strings catch in the groove slightly when I bend the 15-17 frets on the B and E strings.

Any ideas for an easy fix for this? I suppose I can live with it (unless/until it gets worse) but if it can be fixed easily and relatively cheaply that would be better. I could always bring it in for a fret level but that seems like a bit of overkill when all the other frets are in great shape.

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 Post subject: Re: Fix for Groove in Fret?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:55 am 
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my local friendly guitar tech would dress the groove out for nothing.


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 Post subject: Re: Fix for Groove in Fret?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:58 am 
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The only "fix" is a fret job. Either filing/sanding down all of the frets to the lowest part of the groove and re-crown, or replace the grooved fret. If you dress only one fret, it will be lower than the other frets, causing buzzing/rattling/muting when playing at that fret.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:57 am 
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Thanks for the advice. I guess I'll just bring it into my local shop and have them take a look. I was hoping to avoid a fret level or replacing the fret but if that's what it takes so be it. It plays and sounds awesome otherwise so it's worth taking care of it.


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 Post subject: Re: Fix for Groove in Fret?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 1:52 pm 
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I went to the shop and had it taken care of today. The guitar tech offered to take a look at it while I browsed around; it was a very shallow groove so he thought he may be able to sand the fret slightly without negatively impacting the surrounding frets. He said if not, he would recommend a fret level, crown and polish.

10 minutes later and the groove was gone; playability of the surrounding frets is also fine. The guitar already was setup well (I'm finally getting decent at doing basic setups) so I think I'm in the clear. Best of all, he didn't charge me anything! I thought I was going to be looking at $125 for the fret leveling...it pays to have a good small local shop you always go to.

Thanks again for the help.


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 Post subject: Re: Fix for Groove in Fret?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:56 pm 
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shimmilou wrote:
The only "fix" is a fret job.


But watch out, I heard you can catch STD's that way ;) haha


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 Post subject: Re: Fix for Groove in Fret?
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If its just a lil bur at the 15th you can tape the board and just use a lil 220 over the catch till its smoth.
Actually I do it with the strings on and no tape just lightly sand affected area and keep testing with the string.
It goes away quickly and not a major issue

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If a fret isn't too bad that it needs a file or crown, I use automobile grade rubbing compound and a dremel with a bullet shaped, felt tip. With minimal time & pressure, frets polish out quite nicely. Just make sure you clean off the residue & splash, afterwards.


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 Post subject: Re: Fix for Groove in Fret?
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I was lucky - my tech was able to smooth it out for me in a few minutes and didn't charge me anything. Played the guitar for about an hour this morning and everything is great. Good to know that you don't necessarily need a fret level for something like this (if it isn't too bad).


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A piece of 220 and 600 grit sand paper in the house is a life saver.

Speaking of Life Saver you tried thier jelly beans? :)

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