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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-29-2005, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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My fretboard is lifted near the 1st fret. Tips on repair?

Some of you may notice that this is my second thread. My first addressed fret buzz and that I thought I'd either need a fret dress or to make my locking nut higher. Since I diagnosed the problem wrong, I figured I'd just make a new thread. I hope that's cool.

Anyways, I have an Ibanez RG560 that I love, but fret buzz has kept me from enjoying it as much. Today I unscrewed the locking nut and found two thin metal shims placed under it. It took me a while, but I eventually noticed that my rosewood fretboard is slightly lifted and that the shims have dug between it and the maple. It is lifted for about the first inch.

I'm guessing a wood gluing project is now in order and am asking for some tips. I figure I'll place a wood block on the fretboard and a clamp over that, but am not sure how to protect the rounded backside of the neck. Anybody have any tips or recommendations to offer? Thanks!
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Re: My fretboard is lifted near the 1st fret. Tips on repair?

You need a neck caul -- a curved, padded wooden block. You can make one or buy one. Pretty much do whatever works. Feed some wood glue in there and clamp it up.
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Re: My fretboard is lifted near the 1st fret. Tips on repair?

Ok, I think I can make a curved block for this and I'll place a cloth in between just to prevent scratches. Of course, the wood is also a bit warped. Is this going to do the trick if I let it dry for 24 hours or should I work on straigtening the fretboard a bit? Or will the clamp, glue and some time be enough to do that?
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Re: My fretboard is lifted near the 1st fret. Tips on repair?

Be sure to get the glue down in the gap and coat the surfaces well. Then clamp it down well (your suggested block will be fine), and leave it for at least 24 hours, if not longer. You want the glue to fully cure. Then it should stay in place just fine on its own. Then you can evaluate whether any further tweaking to the fretboard or fret is required. If it popped up after the initial fret level (probably), you may not have to do anything more to it. Good luck.
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Re: My fretboard is lifted near the 1st fret. Tips on repair?

About 5 hours ago I cut some blocks of wood, folded up some cardboard (for protection on the surface of the neck) and glued it. I probably could've used more glue, I hope I applied enough. It is now clamped and drying. I'll post an update later. Thanks for the tips and help!
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Re: My fretboard is lifted near the 1st fret. Tips on repair?

Ok, a bit over 24 hours later and the glue is dry, the fretboard has stuck to the maple and with the help of another thin piece of sheet metal the locking nut is raised to a proper height. No more fret buzz and a damn fine playing Ibanez!
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Re: My fretboard is lifted near the 1st fret. Tips on repair?

Great news
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Re: My fretboard is lifted near the 1st fret. Tips on repair?

Good to hear you got it back to playing condition, shred on...
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