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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-15-2013, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Help! My Jems 20th fret B string won't bend!

I just picked up my jem after a couple months of not playing it and tuned it to Eb yesterday as my band is using that tuning now. Today I noticed that the 20th fret on the B string won't bend! This is annoying me a lot. Any help would be appreciated. I would rather not take it to a tech if I don't have to.
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Re: Help! My Jems 20th fret B string won't bend!

What?????? So you can bend the string before the 20th and after the 20th? I really cannot fathom how a string could not be bent in any position really...
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Re: Help! My Jems 20th fret B string won't bend!

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What?????? So you can bend the string before the 20th and after the 20th? I really cannot fathom how a string could not be bent in any position really...
I agree....

OP, what exactly are you talking about? Can you be a little more descriptive please?

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Re: Help! My Jems 20th fret B string won't bend!

When I bend the string the note dies out and doesn't really sound. It makes a kind of buzzing noise.
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Re: Help! My Jems 20th fret B string won't bend!

Was thinking "why do you want to bend a fret"

OK, so essentially, the string, when you bend it, gets choked by a potentially higher portion of the 20th/21st fret.

I would
a) check if raising action a little would help (depends on what action you like and whether this is desirable); or
b) pull out some really fine sandpaper and file the fret slightly, retest, and repeat.
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Re: Help! My Jems 20th fret B string won't bend!

sounds like the note is "fretting out"
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Re: Help! My Jems 20th fret B string won't bend!

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Was thinking "why do you want to bend a fret"

OK, so essentially, the string, when you bend it, gets choked by a potentially higher portion of the 20th/21st fret.

I would
a) check if raising action a little would help (depends on what action you like and whether this is desirable); or
b) pull out some really fine sandpaper and file the fret slightly, retest, and repeat.
Make sure you tell him which fret to file!
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Re: Help! My Jems 20th fret B string won't bend!

OK so the string does bend. It's always best to re-read what you are writing before posting to make sure it makes sense, because what's actually happening is completely different to the words you used to try and explain it!

And yeah, it's pretty simple to solve. Raise your action a smidge and you should be ok. Other than that you might need a fret level.
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Re: Help! My Jems 20th fret B string won't bend!

Hey guys, I raised the action a bit and it seems to be fine now. Thanks for all your help!
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