johnnefastis -> low fret on new guitar (Jul. 31 2012 21:36:02)
I am a flamenco guitar player from Manchester UK, and have been following the forum for a while posted a few technical questions that have always been beautifully answered by Ricardo and other helpful folk.
I always love the luthier section, its such an incredible resource of tips and ideas, you are all so generous and open with your thoughts and processes.
Hopefully you don't mind me asking a question about my guitar.
I have just received a new blanca from a spanish luthier. Its a really nice responsive guitar
except I think it needs a bit of a better set up.
It has an unacceptable buzz on the 5 string, 5 fret. I did a bit of research and tried the credit card rocking on 3 frets trick. I thought I had found a high 6th fret but on further examination I think what I have is a low 5th fret + a couple of other low ones.
I found a previous thread where Anders and a few others mentioned that some luthiers can be a bit sloppy with their set up, so I hope its just that, and nothing more serious with the guitar.
I will take it to a luthier to get properly checked but I would love to get some advice from the folk here.
So my questions.
How could this happen ?
My understanding is that a luthier should level the frets and then crown them. Would it be that he spent to long crowning them ?
What would be the normal approach to fix this ?
remove and replace the fret?
file the surrounding ones to try and even it out ?
raise the action ? its 3mm at 12 fret already so I would rather not go higher,
Throw it down the stairs and see if it improves ?
Thanks so much for reading, I hope you don't mind me not mentioning the luthier for now. I will try and upload some videos of my playing soon so you will know.