This post is about what is fret leveling. If the guitar frets are not level, it is one of the causes of guitar fret buzz. Fret leveling is the process of filing the higher frets to even it thereby eliminating guitar fret buzz. It requires some tools as well as some materials to perform such task.
Fret leveling, Crowning, and Polishing is crucial for a guitar to sound and feel right. Crowning means restoring the top arch of the fret after it is being filed. Properly crowned frets will make a guitar sound with more sustain. Polishing the frets will make a guitar more playable.
Doing things yourself especially on your guitar will give you a lot of rewards. Self-satisfaction is one, and you save money.
There is a tool to check high frets and it is called fret rocker. You position it on top of three frets and if rocks side to side like a fulcrum ( a seesaw) it means the center fret is high. After you checked your fret wires using the fret rocker, and you find some frets are high, then the frets should be filed.
This tool is for dressing the ends of the fret wires. This can also be used to file high frets, and as well as to preserve the crown of the fret wire. This is much more durable than traditional sandpaper. Constructed with a thin cushion between the cloth back and the abrasive crystals, the Micro-Mesh sanding belts are more effective than regular sandpaper because the cushion allows the crystals to align evenly and prevents random scratches in your work.
The Micro-Mesh crystals do not load up or generate heat the way traditional sandpaper do. File a groove at the end of the stick, so it fits over the fret wire like a crowning file.
An essential tool to protect the fretboard while working on the frets. It protects the fretboard from any damage while working on the fret wires.
Love this so much. This product is so handy to polish fret wires and clean the fretboard as well. It can be used for maintaining the cleanliness of the fretboard and fret wires.
Before starting to do Fret Dressing, place the fretboard protector in position. The high spots can be checked using the fret rocker. Position the fret rocker on top of three frets. Move the fret rocker from side to side ( like a rocking chair). If it rocks then, the middle fret is high. Color the high spots with a red Pentel pen or any marker so you will know which surface are filed later on( the surface not filed still red).
Check for the level. If some frets are still high, color the high fret wires and file the high frets again. When it is leveled polish fret wire with Fret Dressing Stick and start from coarse grit to the finest grit.
Then polish it with Gorgomyte, you’ll love it. Gorgomyte can also be used as maintenance polisher on your frets and fret board. It will clean the fret board from gunks and will remove the fret wire varnish and makes the fret wires gleaming more so if you have stainless steel frets.
This process is how to fix guitar fret buzz if the frets are not level.