Posted by Dave Rawlings on September 17, 2001 at 19:12:44:
In Reply to: frets or strings - a question posted by mads b. on September 16, 2001 at 12:22:06:
: I have just been given a bass on which the frets below the fifth or so are false (especially on the E string). Now, my question is: Can this be due to the strings being extremely lousy (they are), or is it the frets?
: Hope any of you can help
: - mads
Could be any number of things: bad or worn frets; old strings or warped neck. The neck is the easiest, just adjust the truss rod. The next easiest is new strings. The last and most expensive is having new frets installed. If the neck is straightened and the new strings don't help, take it to a QUALIFIED bass repairman (not a guitar repairman) and have the frets checked and/or replaced. If its anything else, it may be time for a new neck or bass.
Good Luck, Dave
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