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Old 03-15-2013, 12:56 PM   #1
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IDing a dead fret?

So I have this brand new Ibanez S5470 that has a semi-dead 14th fret, G string. Ive changed the bow in the neck and adjusted the action, and I cannot get the fret to play correctly. It only rings for half a second before becoming a semi-harmonic, which only lasts for a second or two. I am out of options besides sending it back, as I have no other expertise in guitar work. Any thoughts?
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:08 PM   #2
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you can get a fret redressed for a small fee.

you just need to make sure that it's not just a kink in a string.
or something like that.

check if the fret has a dent.
or if it's popping out, or a little higher than it should be.
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:43 AM   #3
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yea i'm no van halen or guitar building jedi but it sounds like u need a fret job my bro
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:35 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advice guys, I'm taking it in today to get worked on.
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:32 PM   #5
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Sometimes if you get the pickups too close to the strings (especially with single coils) they can do funky things to the strings. Like pull them slightly outta tune, or make the note end prematurely from the magnetic pull. Maybe you've got something like that going on?

And as for hunting down a "dead fret" fret the note and look for light gaps in between the string and every fret between the bridge and where your hand is. If you can't see light between a certain fret and the string, or noticeably less light than the other frets, that's the one causing you problems.
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