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Zoso1968

String bending problems

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hey guys ive been having some trouble bending strings at the high frets in particular, about 13 on up. when i bend like more than a step (or even a half soemtimes) the string gets cut off... the only thing i can think of is taht its getting caught on the next fret, b/c its not touching either pickup..and im not touching it.... should i try to file down the fret?

also, i know that with higher end guitars like les pauls and teles and strats and what not u can bend as far as ur wrist will let u really, but with mine being more low end from the 60s, i cant really bend anything past about a step and a half.... even at like the 7th fret.... is there neway to fix that?

thanks guys

edit: also, when i bend my fingers tend to catch the strings that are above the one im bending...how can i keep that from happening? thanks again

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hey guys ive been having some trouble bending strings at the high frets in particular, about 13 on up. when i bend like more than a step (or even a half soemtimes) the string gets cut off... the only thing i can think of is taht its getting caught on the next fret, b/c its not touching either pickup..and im not touching it.... should i try to file down the fret?

also, i know that with higher end guitars like les pauls and teles and strats and what not u can bend as far as ur wrist will let u really, but with mine being more low end from the 60s, i cant really bend anything past about a step and a half.... even at like the 7th fret.... is there neway to fix that?

thanks guys

edit: also, when i bend my fingers tend to catch the strings that are above the one im bending...how can i keep that from happening? thanks again

When was the last time you changed your strings?

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When was the last time you changed your strings?

ive not changed them for a while, im going to within a week or so, but i dont think that thats the problem, b/c ,if i remember correctly, that happened to me as well right after i changed them... but then it might be that... i just figured that id ask here what the problem was when i was about to change them so if nething needed to be done i could do them while theyre off

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You might also consider trying different gauge strings when you replace the old ones. Try to figure out which ones you are most comfortable with. Of course, gauge also effects your tone, so be picky!

Peace

Cook

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You might also consider trying different gauge strings when you replace the old ones. Try to figure out which ones you are most comfortable with. Of course, gauge also effects your tone, so be picky!

Peace

Cook

im using ernie ball 9's right now, except for the high e which is an 8, b/c i broke the first one and replaced it with an 8, but ive tried 8's before and they sounded rather terrible... haha

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hey guys ive been having some trouble bending strings at the high frets in particular, about 13 on up. when i bend like more than a step (or even a half soemtimes) the string gets cut off... the only thing i can think of is taht its getting caught on the next fret, b/c its not touching either pickup..and im not touching it.... should i try to file down the fret?

Well I think that filing a fret might be part of the solution, but I really don't suggest that you try it yourself. For a start you need specialist tools...

I would take it to a reputable luthier in your area, & he will be able to tell you what the problem is. It could just need a truss rod adjustment, which is easy (if you know what you're doing)& quick. On the other hand there could be a hump in the neck. If that's the case then maybe filing the frets would fix it, but maybe not.

A decent luthier shouldn't charge too much for someting like a truss rod job, and even a fret dress shouldn't run too much.

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Well I think that filing a fret might be part of the solution, but I really don't suggest that you try it yourself. For a start you need specialist tools...

I would take it to a reputable luthier in your area, & he will be able to tell you what the problem is. It could just need a truss rod adjustment, which is easy (if you know what you're doing)& quick. On the other hand there could be a hump in the neck. If that's the case then maybe filing the frets would fix it, but maybe not.

A decent luthier shouldn't charge too much for someting like a truss rod job, and even a fret dress shouldn't run too much.

sweet thanks m8 my friend said something about some guy that he went to that was pretty good around us. You said that it wouldnt cost too much, could u be more specific please? trying to decide whether or not its worth it to get the adjustments or to just go ahead and get the other guitar

Thanks

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...You said that it wouldnt cost too much, could u be more specific please?

Well it's hard to be specific, because I don't know what the going rate is where you live. If I took a guitar to my luthier & it turned out that a truss rod adjustment was all it took, he'd probably only charge me for his time. Perhaps £20. A fret job would cost more: if he charged me anything up to, say, £50 I'd pay it without blinking. If it got nearer to £100 I'd be asking for clarification. :D

My experience has been that small independant luthiers rely on word of mouth for a lot of business, therefore they will treat you well & not overcharge.

You could always phone a few up & go with the cheapest quote.

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Well it's hard to be specific, because I don't know what the going rate is where you live. If I took a guitar to my luthier & it turned out that a truss rod adjustment was all it took, he'd probably only charge me for his time. Perhaps £20. A fret job would cost more: if he charged me anything up to, say, £50 I'd pay it without blinking. If it got nearer to £100 I'd be asking for clarification. :D

My experience has been that small independant luthiers rely on word of mouth for a lot of business, therefore they will treat you well & not overcharge.

You could always phone a few up & go with the cheapest quote.

sweet thanks m8

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when i take my guitar to get set up, i usually pay about £20 /30 including restringing. that has included work on the frets and getting the fretbard oiled and the action and intonation set. i have a good guy ive been going to for years so maybe i get a good rate from him because of that. ive never taken it elsewhere so couldnt comment on how others might charge

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when i take my guitar to get set up, i usually pay about £20 /30 including restringing. that has included work on the frets and getting the fretbard oiled and the action and intonation set. i have a good guy ive been going to for years so maybe i get a good rate from him because of that. ive never taken it elsewhere so couldnt comment on how others might charge

how long does it usually take him to do that?

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how long does it usually take him to do that?

not long at all. i usually leave it with him and pick it up the next day. it just depends how busy the place you take it to is

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fretting out while bending means your truss rod needs adjusting. You can do it yourself. turn it one way in TINY increments and if it gets worse go the other direction. You may need to adjust your intonation at the bridge if you've had to make a large truss rod twea..or changed string gauges

lol should have read the whole thread!

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Truss rod adjust or fret buff and polish. HUW of course always has the best advice. I know because he says exactly what I would say!!! :D

Wink wink HUW! ;)

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