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High fret on bass. Best way to tap back in?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:09 pm

A friend of mine asked me to look at his bass which has a buzz on a single fret on the treble side up at the 19th fret. Looking closely the fret end has very slightly risen out of its slot. A tiny amount but apparently enough to cause the buzz. What's the best way to tap it back in place? Cheers chaps
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Re: High fret on bass. Best way to tap back in?

Postby mashedmitten » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:26 pm

First question is what caused it to rise. If moisture or the like, then more care is called for. If it just looks like it caught something in it's past and got raised, I'd give it a very light tap with a rubber mallet, or even the spine of a medium hard cover book and see what happened. I'd apply pressure to the other end to prevent see-sawing. If it looked ok after the first tap I'd continue slightly increasing the taps' force until it was seated. Hopefully the retaining barbs haven't sustained damage, or the wood around them.

I should have started with it depends on the quality of the instrument. If it's precious, don't muck about and take it to a luthier. Else, my above suggestion.
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Re: High fret on bass. Best way to tap back in?

Postby zenguitar » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:36 pm

Lay the bass on a decent surface. Get an off cut of scrap hardwood. Hold that against the raised fret like a punch. Give it a firm tap with a hammer, as if you are hammering in a small nail. The scrap wood protects the fret and fretboard from damage.

Nine times out of ten that will be all that's needed. If it doesn't fix things pop back here and let me know.

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Re: High fret on bass. Best way to tap back in?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:46 pm

Brilliant, thanks both.

It's a very cheapo Squier but it's not at all bad apart from the one fret. Personally I rarely venture that far up a bass fingerboard but the owner is an excellent jazz upright player who most certainly does!
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Re: High fret on bass. Best way to tap back in?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:08 pm

Hmmm, didn't seem to want to move. Might have to get the files out after all which I was trying to avoid.
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Postby zenguitar » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:13 pm

Yep, it sounds like the fret is secure and not moving. Files it is then :)

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Re: High fret on bass. Best way to tap back in?

Postby mashedmitten » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:21 pm

Dr Huge Longjohns wrote: Looking closely the fret end has very slightly risen out of its slot. A tiny amount but apparently enough to cause the buzz.


Could be crud buildup in the gaps.
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Re: High fret on bass. Best way to tap back in?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:46 pm

Yep, it sounds like the fret is secure and not moving

Yes, I suspect it may have been like that since it left the factory,
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