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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 05:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question question about a fret that's not seated right

Hi,

I just noticed on my new RG827 Premium there is a fret buzz on the 7th string when fretted on the 1st fret, so I took a look at the 2nd fret and saw it's not seated into the wood all the way, from the end of the fretboard I can actually see a tiny crack.

Is this something that can be fixed easily by hammering the fret? or will the fret keep popping out over time even if it's hammered back in?

EDIT:
here's some pics:






Thanks,
Lars

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 06:53 AM
 
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Re: question about a fret that's not seated right

I would hammer it in (carefully and "properly") and see where it goes from there.

The other option is to pull the fret, fix the crack, re-saw the slot and re-apply the fret. If you don't know how to do this, I would suggest the first option first. I don't know how bad the crack is. Also, pulling frets could damage the wood even more and if that happens, it will be suxorz for a bit.
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Re: question about a fret that's not seated right

Thanks. I just added some pics.
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Re: question about a fret that's not seated right

You stated the guitar was new. This seems to be a defect related to workmanship and should be covered under warranty. It is possible to re-seat the fret, but you may want to consider having Ibanez correct the problem.
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Re: question about a fret that's not seated right

I would send it back to dealer for warranty.
If not use a brass fret setter and hammer it in on the edge.
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Re: question about a fret that's not seated right

Thanks.
Yes it's a new guitar, but I was planning to bring the guitar to a tech next week for a pick-up swap anyway, so I will let him repair this for me.
If this is an easy fix, it's not worth sending the guitar back to the dealer/distributor, etc.

But once the fret is tapped back into place, will it stay there? or are chances that it will keep coming back out over time?
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Re: question about a fret that's not seated right

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The bad thing is is that they leveled the frets like that and if you go down with it it will cause buzzing.

I would send it back to dealer for warranty.
I actually think the fret was in place and came out AFTER leveling, since it's too high. I had not noticed this if it wasn't for the fret-buzz I'm getting on the lowest string when fretted on the 1st fret.
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Re: question about a fret that's not seated right

Can't you just take it to any Ibanez dealer with a luthier and have them fix it under warranty?
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Re: question about a fret that's not seated right

in holland, that would be a lol.
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in holland, that would be a lol.
Oh lol didn't notice this was in Holland!
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Re: question about a fret that's not seated right

(Swirltop Heehee....)

Hey Santuzzo, just have the guy fix hammer it in for you (hopefully not directly with a carpenter's hammer). It could very well pop out again, but if that happens, you can have the guy pull the fret, maybe shape it, and glue it back. Assume it won't simply for the sanity. He could repair that "crack" (<--- looks less than minor on the pics to be honest) at that time.
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Re: question about a fret that's not seated right

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(Swirltop Heehee....)

Hey Santuzzo, just have the guy fix hammer it in for you (hopefully not directly with a carpenter's hammer). It could very well pop out again, but if that happens, you can have the guy pull the fret, maybe shape it, and glue it back. Assume it won't simply for the sanity. He could repair that "crack" (<--- looks less than minor on the pics to be honest) at that time.
Thanks !
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Re: question about a fret that's not seated right

I brought the guitar to my tech today, and he said the fret will be an easy fix, he will glue it, and it should be all good then.
He said it should be a permanent solution, the fret might only pop out again if the guitar would be exposed to extreme temperatures, like in super hot summer.

He will also install the CL/LF set !

I will post back when I get the guitar back from the tech.
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Re: question about a fret that's not seated right

Update:

I just got my guitar back from the tech.
The fret is repaired, he filled the tiny gap with superglue so the fret will stay put and then leveled the fret, so there is not buzzing.
So, all is good now!

Also: the guitar sounds great with the new PUs!!!
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