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Hey. I have an Epiphone Thunderbird (yeah, sue me), and I've been having problems with the top frets recently. First, the 14th fret on the G string just completely died, gave nothing but a metallic buzz and that was it. I thought it might have been the strings, since they were getting on for a year old. So I restrung it and the 14th fret came back, but the dead fret just moved up to the 16th-19th. I could live with that cos I didn't use those notes much anyway, but when it came round to me needing to, I restrung it again (about a week ago). The odd thing is now, every fret on the G string between the 16th and 20th all give the same note In other words, the 20th fret in standard tuning is a D#, which is fine. But then I'm also getting D# where I should be getting D, C#, C and B. Any ideas what I should do?

Thanks.
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Hey. I have an Epiphone Thunderbird (yeah, sue me), and I've been having problems with the top frets recently. First, the 14th fret on the G string just completely died, gave nothing but a metallic buzz and that was it. I thought it might have been the strings, since they were getting on for a year old. So I restrung it and the 14th fret came back, but the dead fret just moved up to the 16th-19th. I could live with that cos I didn't use those notes much anyway, but when it came round to me needing to, I restrung it again (about a week ago). The odd thing is now, every fret on the G string between the 16th and 20th all give the same note In other words, the 20th fret in standard tuning is a D#, which is fine. But then I'm also getting D# where I should be getting D, C#, C and B. Any ideas what I should do?

Thanks.

Meh, forget about the dead fret moving to the 16th-19th fret. It's impossible to reach those frets on a T-Bird (Don't take that seriously, I'm just joking with you)

I honestly have no idea what's wrong with your bass. I suggest taking it to a professional.
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should've bought a better guitar?

edit: oooh it's a bass. then i stand corrected, should've bougt a guitar

but srsly. no damn clue what would be causing that...
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Its probably the intonation since it moved when you put new strings on

this. try messing with the truss rod, but in the most professional manner. just a little tiny twist.
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If you actually want your guitar repaired, i'd take it to a pro.

conversely, you could always sell it on ebay as "slightly used" and buy a better bass.
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If you actually want your guitar repaired, i'd take it to a pro.

conversely, you could always sell it on ebay as "slightly used" and buy a better bass.


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sorry for beng inspecific.
and really, there is only one way to learn.
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The truss rod is too tight; the neck needs more relief. I had that issue on my Squier Strat.
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should've bought a better guitar?

edit: oooh it's a bass. then i stand corrected, should've bougt a guitar

but srsly. no damn clue what would be causing that...


Glad to see someone has a clue what they're on about . If you must know I'm a guitarist as well.

Thanks everyone for the sensible answers, I'll see what I can do without going too far. Subtle turns on the truss rod, yeah. If I still can't get it right I'll take it to a pro, it's just a money issue at the moment.
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The truss rod is too tight; the neck needs more relief. I had that issue on my Squier Strat.


This would be my guess too. Too little relief and the strings can't clear higher numbered frets.
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