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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-23-2004, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
 
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need help: strings getting caught on fret edges

yeah, its a bit of a pain. The baby E strings constantly gets caught on the edges of the fret somewhere between the 21'st and 24 fret. For instance, if I depress the tremolo, sometimes the baby string will go off the board slightly, and stay caught on the edge of the fret.



Anyone have any idea on how to fix this problem?

I know vai has a problem with the strings getting caught under the pickup, hence the konx tape. My problem is just the frets though.
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It shouldn't get caught under a fret because there should be zero gap or anything sharp enough there to catch and hold the string. Look at the fret end and determine what's wrong
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all the way along the lower edge of the fretboard [underneath the actual playing surface], the frets protrude slightly. there doesn't seem to be a gap b/w the fret and the fretboard, but the frets seem slightly long. If you slide your finger along that part underpart of the fretboard, you can feel the protrusion of each fret along the fretboard, all the way along the neck. The protrusions are relatively sharp, and I can easily see how the strings are catching on them.
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of course, I'm pretty afraid to take a file and file them down...
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Sharp fret ends, I wouldn't advise somebody that hasn't done it before to do a VWH for their first gig although it is relatively easy. Have a local tech nick it or send the neck off to Jeremy to sort
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do they have to file them?
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You could try leaving the neck in a sauna for a day to swell it, you might end up with more problems that sharp fret ends though
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hehe.

is this a common problem rich, or is it rare?

I always noticed that the fret ends were a tad sharp, it bothered my hands at first, but I've since easily grown accustomed to it. Anyway, I wonder if any one else who buys jems has this problem
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Something I have to address on a good 50% of used guitars and about 20% new unfortunately.
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what are the steps you would go through to fix it rich? If your detailed enough, I might be able to pull it off with my brother, who's pretty handy

i suspect this trivial job will cost me an arm and a leg at the shop...
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That's a full tech page write, no time today for that and I should accompany with pics of course. I'll try and get to it soon if you can hang on a bit
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super!

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m'kay
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Frets on Jem7v

Yeah, I just got my Jem7vw back today. The frets had gotten crazy rough on the sides of the neck and the guy I have work on it filed'm down. When I first saw my guitar today, I freaked out! It was like having a kid who's arm needs to be amputated! it has to happen but it still sucks. Thing is he filed'm down alot so there's not any real space between where the string comes straight down or off the fretboard onto the beveled edge. Sux cause I have to make an audition tape and my guitar is going nuts. Have any of you ever refretted a Jem and did it come out as well as it did when you bought it new? mine new was perfect but now it just seems eh. again back to the kid analogy, its making me sick thinking about it. My tech does a good job, i think i'm just worrying and need to get used to it.

Also anyone know if its possible for Pickups to lose sensitivity? Especially when it comes to tapping with my picking hand, it just seems dull and the notes don't come out as well as they used to, driving me up a wall.

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