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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-31-2004, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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I have a '02 RG270 that recently developed some seriuos fretbuzz. Everything is fine below 12th fret. 12th and above - hideuos buzz. I tried the straight edge methot and found that I have a high 20th fret.
Now, the question - how could it become high if it was fine before? And do I need a full fret level?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-02-2004, 05:59 AM
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Mmmh, the same happened to me recently with my S270. I also suspect that I have some high frets up the neck (I haven't used the straight edge, but I can see it in plain sight, some frets are flat as an ironing board!). It did happen relatively suddenly too, and some strings are worse than others.

I would imagine that the fret can 'suddenly become high' if:

1. It has become somewhat loose

2. You tend to play a lot from frets 10-20 (which I do) and fretwear has finally appeared . I imagine this can happen somewhat suddenly: the difference between buzz or no buzz can be milimetric

3. There has been a change in temperature or humidity and it affected your truss rod.

Have you tried your truss rod? I have managed to change from unbearable fretbuzz in the upper frets to almost unbearable buzz all over the board

Well, I don't even know what I'm talking about. I'm no expert, so don't pay much attention: I just have the same problem and I'm trying to work it out. If memory serves, I think there's a pretty good tutorial on fret dressing at (where you use a marker to colour your frets before sanding them to ensure they're even when you finish)

Steve Vai walks 'the fine line between pagan and christian'. I say walking the fine line between fretbuzz and playability is a much harder one!

Hope that helps
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-04-2004, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply AirGuitarHero. After taking a closer look, I see that it is fretwear. Guess I'll have to take it to a luthier.
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