I have a 1989 American Malmsteen strat which is plagued with buzzing. I can hear it through the amp. It buzzes nearly everywhere, though not severely (no fret-out).
I have researched the issue greatly (read dozens of setup guides and articles), Tried different setups/strings (taking VERY careful measurements--I used a calibrated micrometer), had multiple pro set-ups done, and have come up with no conclusive solution. Nothing appears to be out-of-spec.
I took it to a well-regarded local shop 3 times, and they said it was simply the nature of my guitar: I need to go with heavier strings and higher action.
I run .009's, tune flat and have the action 1.5 times recommended spec!
No, I don't pick too damn hard. The guitar has never had any work done, except a basic setup.
Something MUST be wrong. I am fairly convinced the frets are the issue, yet they don't appear terribly worn. The shop stated the frets were fine, but I am NOT convinced.
The guitar should have Dunlop 6000 frets.
I looked at the Dunlop guide:
The fret should be 2.99mm wide, and 1.47mm high, correct?
Mine measure barely 2mm wide and barely 1mm high (this is a generous measurement). They do have some worn areas, and appear flatter on top than my other guitars--but not severely flattened.
Now I am very confused.
I guess that maybe Fender dressed the frets after assembly...but could they have taken THAT much off? Were the wrong frets installed from the factory?
Did little green Yngwie wannabees sneak into my house and grind my frets down?