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Offline threeway

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Gap between Frets and Fretboard
« on: November 10, 2013, 10:11:45 PM »
I bought a used HB 30 from Guitar Center's online sales. A little tweaking and it's now okay, except for one thing. Some of the frets near the nut have a slight gap at the ends and sometimes while playing, the high E will get caught under a fret. I saw a YouTube vid where a guy used super glue to fill the gap in. But I hate to use that since I would think it would cause problems should the frets ever need replaced. Any suggestions? :-\

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Re: Gap between Frets and Fretboard
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2013, 01:50:16 AM »
Welcome.  Sounds like they just need adjusted. Frets will come loose over time, a lot more with lots of humidity changes.    Now if the frets don't go all the way to the edge of the fret board that's a different story.  Take it to a repair shop or guitar tech. I had one loosen up and taped it down with a hard dead blow mallet.  brace neck good under fret. quick lite tap 1 or 2 times, don't beat away or damage will happen.  A shop has a special tool for this. Tom.  :)

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Re: Gap between Frets and Fretboard
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2013, 09:27:43 PM »
Thanks Tom. I'll try the tapping procedure. If that doesn't work I may use some ordinary white glue that's more removable than super glue. The frets extend over the white plastic binding, so I really don't want to superglue the frets and binding together. 

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Re: Gap between Frets and Fretboard
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2013, 09:15:05 AM »
Welcome to the forum, threeway. I was just thinking after doing the tapping procedure which Tom suggested, would it not be better to use this instrument :http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Fretting_supplies/Pullers,_nippers,_sizing/Fret_Cutter.html?actn=100101&xst=3&xsr=189066&tab=Video or one like it to carefully cut the frets, then gently file down the ends with a fret file to smooth them out afterwards, instead of using any glue? Even though the fret board has binding it might work better in the long run than using glue.


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Re: Gap between Frets and Fretboard
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2013, 07:17:27 PM »
Thanks guys. But no the frets don't actually extend past the binding, so the cutters wouldn't be of help in this case. The frets just have a very slight gap under them, so that sometimes the string will get caught underneath. I'm sure between tapping and/or filling in the gaps will fix it.