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Epiphone Casino Inspired by John Lennon Fret Buzz at 17th Fret

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Just purchased an Epiphone Casino Inspired by John Lennon at US$650. The guitar has a fret buzz at the high E string on the 17th fret. How do i solve this issue? Should i just hammer the 18th Fret or woul i need to play with the bridge height or the truss rod? In addition to this, would you recommend any upgrades to this model?

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You first need to ascertain the condition of the neck and frets before you adjust anything, e.g., is the fingerboard bowed or twisted; are the frets (or some of them) excessively worn; are the saddles worn? If you have a true straight edge and an hour or so, you can probably figure out what the issue is. If you can't find what's causing the problem, take the instrument to a luthier. If you can't afford that, you can raise the bridge on the treble side until the buzz goes away (and live with the higher action). But whatever you do, don't give into the temptation to simply hammer or file the 18th fret lower because you'll find that now the 19th fret buzzes, then the 20th, and so on. Been there, done that...

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You first need to ascertain the condition of the neck and frets before you adjust anything, e.g., is the fingerboard bowed or twisted; are the frets (or some of them) excessively worn; are the saddles worn? If you have a true straight edge and an hour or so, you can probably figure out what the issue is. If you can't find what's causing the problem, take the instrument to a luthier. If you can't afford that, you can raise the bridge on the treble side until the buzz goes away (and live with the higher action). But whatever you do, don't give into the temptation to simply hammer or file the 18th fret lower because you'll find that now the 19th fret buzzes, then the 20th, and so on. Been there, done that...

 

Fret not worn nor saddle.

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