Originally Posted by sniperfrommars1
I wouldnt suggest taking the hammer to the fretboard just yet either, as if you have a high fret its usually rather obvious by looking at the fret itself.
I really wouldn't suggest taking to any part of your guitar with a hammer at all, especially the frets, unless you know exactly what you are doing! You can reseat a loose fret with a light tap with a hammer (and in fact you should be using either a dead-blow hammer, or a hammer with a plastic or brass head so that it doesn't damage the fret surface in any case), but you can also push it further into the fretboard by tapping it too hard, which results in a fret lower than the surrounding frets - a problem which can only be remedied with a total fret level and recrown.
guitars have a fairly tight radius fingerboard compared to say a JEM or RG, as a result of this, as you bend a note, thhe string "climbs" up the fingerboard, putting it at an oblique angle to the frets, and eventually it "frets out" as it hits the next fret up (this is just simple conical geometry, nothing magical about it). There are a couple of possible reasons that this may have just surfaced on your guitar:
1) The truss rod needs tightening to straighten the neck a little
2) The end of the neck has developed a slight "kick" at the heel due to pressure from a shim under the end of the neck - requires a bit of fret levelling
3) There is/are some loose fret/s - not that uncommon on Ibanez guitars by the way - when I took my JEM VDY in for a fret level, my local genius luthier (it's true - he is!) said a fret level was a bit of a waste of time because most of the frets were falling out of the guitar (along with every other component - every screw on the guitar was loose!) - again, you can reseat a fret with some work and some ultra thin superglue, but seriously, this is luthier stuff unless you know exactly what you are doing, and by saving yourself fifty bucks in tech time you could completely screw up the fingerboard, resulting in a $400- $500 refret cure, which you probably don't want!
4) Almost anything else - without seeing the guitar, everyone here is guessing!