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Old 12-19-2012, 06:36 PM   #1
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How do I go about fixing dead frets?

My Tele has two dead frets. 18th and 19th, but only on the high e string. It's starting to bother me a little bit. I've attempted to raise the action, but it's definitely a fret issue. Taking it in is kind of a last resort effort, so what would be the best practice of going about resolving this issue?
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:38 PM   #2
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Take a fret file and a crowning tool to level them. Not the sort of thing you can do at home without special tools though.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:58 PM   #3
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I leveled some high frets using the advice given in this video. I had a dead fret and two that were fretting out when bending.

I followed the steps in this video, and the issue was fixed. I had high frets so it's pretty easy to fix, lower the (in my case 3) high frets. Low frets is a different ball game you either have to lower all the other frets to the same level or put a new fret in.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:06 PM   #4
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Well; there is a difference between a high fret and a dead fret. High frets can be fixed with a fret leveling job. But if the fret is "dead," that is to say, it is worn out, then you need to replace that fret. If you are going for a re-fret job, you might consider using stainless steel frets. Those suckers last for ages and they make string bending a lot smoother.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:11 PM   #5
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Well; there is a difference between a high fret and a dead fret. High frets can be fixed with a fret leveling job. But if the fret is "dead," that is to say, it is worn out, then you need to replace that fret. If you are going for a re-fret job, you might consider using stainless steel frets. Those suckers last for ages and they make string bending a lot smoother.


My mistake.

In my case the 16th fret was too high so when I played the 15th fret it made no sound, which is why I referred to it as dead.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:33 PM   #6
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FYI, before you start leveling frets you have to make sure that they are seated. Sometimes just seating the frets will get rid of those high spots that are dead.
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