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Action/Style/Fret-Buzz: The Other Side of the Coin

Action/Style/Fret-Buzz: The Other Side of the Coin

I’ve often hammered home the idea that players need to understand that a guitar needs to the setup for their style to prevent fret buzz. ‘As low as it can go’ isn’t as simple as it sounds and the player plays a massive part in whether a guitar buzzes.

But sometimes the guitar is to blame. And I should talk about that too…

Brian May and the Zero Fret Controversy

Brian May and the Zero Fret Controversy

After the last article on fret wear, I was surprised to get some responses refuting my statement that a zero fret would (all things being equal) wear more quickly than other frets. 

It seems that Brian May is partly to blame for this. Well, not quite. Check it out…

Saving vintage guitars with clever refret techniques

Saving vintage guitars with clever refret techniques

Correcting excessive relief or neck-bow is easy with an adjustable truss rod. What about those vintage guitars made before adjustable rods were fitted, though? Are those wonderful old instruments never to be played because there's too much bow in the neck?

No way. Find out how to use levelling and compression fretting to save these guitars. 

Vintage Refretting With Bar Frets

Vintage Refretting With Bar Frets

Getting vintage-nerdy with bar frets…

I only get a few bar fret jobs a year here. And, when I’m levelling them, I generally thank the fret gods for that fact. Bar frets are a bit different to modern frets but, if you’re playing, dealing, or repairing vintage instruments, you’ll likely come across them from time to time. 

So, let’s get to know them.