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Guitar Setup: Checking for High Frets

Each fret on a guitar needs to be the same height or shorter than the preceding fret. Irregular frets will prevent the strings from vibrating properly and impede the instrument’s sound. High frets will cause lower notes to lose sustain, buzz or even choke out completely.

Using a fret rocker to check for high frets.

If your guitar is experiencing these symptoms, a fret rocker will be helpful to locate the high fret(s).

A fret rocker is a tool that allows you to compare the height of any three frets at a time. If at anytime the fret rocker is able to rock back and forth, like a teeter totter, the fret in the middle of the rocker is too high. If your guitar has a high fret, it is necessary for a reputable technician to service the instrument.

 

Helpful Links

Guitar Setup Part 1: Adjusting the Truss Rod

Guitar Setup Part 2: Setting Action

Guitar Setup Part 3: Intonation

Guitar Setup: How do I measure the action on my electric guitar?

Guitar Setup: The Right Tool for the Job

Guitar Setup: How do I use a radius gauge?

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