I'm new to this site. I have an Epiphone LP Standard for which I recently dropped the tune-o-matic bridge. It plays open strings and chords below the fourth fret beautifully. Action is where I want it. I studied the frets with Buzz Off (R) and where they require lowering. My question is this: if I simply want to spot lower some frets which I think will resolve the slight buzz above the third fret, would it make sense to begin at the highest elevated fret (21) and then work my way lower until the problem is resolved? Thank you for any suggestions.

  • I've never tried to level my own frets, but if I did, I would try it on my worst guitar first, since it seems to be a process that can really mess things up if it's not done right. Also... from what I understand, you can't "level" a single fret. You can crown and dress and polish a single fret, but leveling is making sure all the frets are level with each other. – Todd Wilcox Jun 29 '18 at 15:19
  • 'Buzz Off'? What's that? You have no datum point above the fret causing buzz - fret 4, I guess. Slowly file that down a little, which will then require the next, next and so on. Not really a beginners job! – Tim Jun 29 '18 at 15:35
  • When I say level, I do also mean that I would crown the fret as well. I'm not necessarily a beginner at this and have done some fret work successfully before. I'm inclined to treat each guitar as a unique challenge and in this case I imagine that spotting a few areas might be an easier way to fix the problem on a guitar that is not valued enough for a complete level and dressing. I simply thought I could get some various thoughts on the subject in general and perhaps a few specific to my description of the problem. All are appreciated. – minijimi71 Jun 29 '18 at 15:46
  • Buzz Off is a small kit that includes level rods in 3 different lengths as well as a wood sanding block that ca be used to work on problem frets. – minijimi71 Jun 29 '18 at 15:49

Have you checked the relief of the neck? Buzz on frets 1, 2 and 3 is usually a sign that the trussrod is too tight and the neck back-bowed.

To do a good fret dress you need:

Sanding blocks, preferably a flat, long one that covers the whole lenght of the finger board plus a radius block with the right radius, probably 12" in your case.

Crowning file, fingerboard guard, steel wool.

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