Strat Fall Down, Go BOOM. Dented Fret. Need Help.

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  1. Roncg41677

    Roncg41677 Strat-O-Master

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    So my LPB Mexi Strat was knocked over on its stand this past Sunday by my precocious 1 year old daughter. It fell on its face. The 6th fret was dented by the G string, deeply enough that the G AND D string won't play at the fret and at the 5th fret. They just fret out.

    The guitar played beautifully before this. Now it's practically unplayable. I need some Tums.

    What are my possible solutions? New fret? Sand down everything from frets 6-21? Hoping there's something simpler I'm overlooking.
     
  2. johnnymg

    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member

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    Post a close up pic of the damaged fret.

    By the description in your OP, it sounds like it's new fret time. Probably less spendy than a complete grind/polish.
     
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    little_wing142 Senior Stratmaster

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    Same happened to me. Lightly sand down divot from 800 to 2000 then polish.
     
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    Roncg41677 Strat-O-Master

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    Wouldn't the problem be the same though: that fret would be lower than all the others?
     
  6. shupe13

    shupe13 Senior Stratmaster

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    Dented or not it should still play at that fret. Bends maybe not. The problem may be else where. Truss outta whack. The neck may need tightened at the body... think of everything a fall could cause. Lastly, dress the fret.
     
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    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member

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    OH man, that's totally fixable via a (full neck) fret level.

    Easy fix. The price of the repair (if you can't do it yourself) is called educational costs.
     
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    I've had worse divots on multiple frets and could still play, bend. As suggested above you might have different problems
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions! I won’t have it in my hands again until tomorrow, but I’ll check the other things mentioned.
     
  10. laro

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    Chances are it needed good fret level anyway. Easy fix and you will probably like the results.
     
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    Same thing happened to a MIM that I loved. I don't know the technical term for what my luthier did, but after he took $50 from me and gave me the Strat back 2 days later I was good to go!
     
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    I would also say there is a good chance that a standard fret level will take care of it.
     
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    At the 6th fret it should be fine. There should be enough relief to allow the string to vibrate freely. Just spot level the area with the sandpaper. Same this happened to me, it was annoying because the string would catch on the little sharp nick/bur on the fret. Now it's as good as new.
     
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    Nate D Most Honored Senior Member

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    I had this happen. My fret was almost cut the dents were so deep. I had a new fret put in and then leveled. Best $30 I’ve spent. I was sick too.
     
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    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    New fret, it will allow your other frets a full life.
     
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    I think the technical term was “fixed” your guitar.
    JK[emoji1303]
     
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    Get the damaged fret replaced. I had this happen to one of my acoustics, the nut was broken and the first three frets and the fingerboard were damaged. Two days with the tech, all as good as new. No shortening of the life of the other frets either.
     
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    I agree with having the fret replaced. And I hope you won't leave your guitar sitting on a stand where your little toddler can get to it again. ;)
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Kids are why hard cases were invented. :D Keep them locked, in a locked cupboard, in a locked room ( guitars or kids, either works).
     
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    Take it to a tech and let them take care of it.
     
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