I do not believe the frets on my Jackson 8 were leveled before being shipped out

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  1. rx

    rx I drink water.

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    High areas marked. This is the SLATHX3-8 with Duncan passives. :)

    Most of those high spots aren't that noticeable, but the 2nd, 9th, and 12th frets are the biggest culprits. :)

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    It's almost as if whoever was working on the frets dropped all the frets on the floor after bending them and never sorted them before sticking them in... and then never bothered to level them. Is it normal to get something like this from the factory for Jacksons? :(

    The only way to avoid notes from fretting out is to raise the action out of my comfort zone. :(

    There is no point to this thread. I just wanted to rant. :)

    On the other hand, I also own a Jackson JS32-8 that plays beautifully, so this one must have been a lemon. :(

    I do not believe Jackson will be covering this issue via warranty. This guitar was manufactured in 2014. :(

    I have a lot of work ahead of me. I have no experience with leveling fretboards with a compound radius so I will have to do them one by one. :(
     
  2. Winspear

    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    Use a straight fret leveller rather than radius blocks, and work along each string parallel to the string - it's not really much more difficult as long as you are aware a radius exists and that you are following it.
    Your images aren't working, but by what you described it's not to say individually taking down high spots might not be less work in the long run than having to touch up all the frets after a total relevel. Up to you..

    I've played plenty of nice Jacksons though never really shopped for them. I will say this..A particularly discerning store owned by my friends with fantastic quality control, stopped carrying just one brand and it was Jackson. All brands ship lemons and have them returned, but with Jackson it was apparently too many, too often, and with not enough remorse.
     
  3. cardinal

    cardinal F# Dive Bomber

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    I assume most imports do no fret leveling at all, but maybe that’s wrong?

    I’ve assumed that they try to level the board appropriately during the manufacturing process and then install the frets. If you’re lucky, the board actually was level and the frets get installed well, so there aren’t any issues unless you want really low action.

    But if the board isn’t leveled exactly right or some of the frets were pressed in too hard or not hard enough, there will be some issues.
     
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    xwmucradiox sweep.tap.sweep

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    A $750 street price guitar is not going to get frets leveled at the factory or during QC. Its far too labor intensive and manufacturing is usually high enough quality that a good enough setup is possible without it.
     
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  5. rx

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    Use a straight leveler? Interesting. I'll look into it. Thanks. :)
     
  6. Flappydoodle

    Flappydoodle SS.org Regular

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    IMO, I would kick up a fuss on social media. Hit their Facebook, Instagram etc

    If you're lucky, they'll sort something out for you.

    Did you buy it new? The guitar was made in 2014. Where has it been for the last 4 years?
     
  7. rx

    rx I drink water.

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    I bought it second hand in 2016. I do not think warranty is in effect now. :(
     
  8. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    So it's had bad frets for the whole two years you've owned it?

    Do you like the guitar?

    Does "NY" mean New York? There are tons of techs out there that can sort this out, make it even better than a new one, for not a whole bunch of cash. Maybe a couple hundred at the most.
     
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    Ah yeah. Then sure, don't harass Jackson about it :p

    As others suggested, time to find a tech who can fix it. Shouldn't be that difficult as long as there is plenty of fret material left over.
     
  10. rx

    rx I drink water.

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    It didn't have the lowest action from the beginning, but I overlooked it until recently. I like the guitar. Yes, NY is New York. $200 is more than I want to spend for a setup. :)
     
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    You're past getting just a setup on this guitar.
     
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  12. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Well, $200 would be for a level, crown, dress and setup.

    I guess just throw it in the trash. :shrug:
     
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    kevdes93 Sassy

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    It’s well past a setup at this point. You need professional tech work done. I’ve never paid more than 150 for a full crown/level/polish/setup ever and it was worth every penny. Definitely reconsider. Or just throw it away I guess, yeah
     
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    Into the trash it goes. :):):):):)
     
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    I'll give you $200 for it then.
     
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    groverj3 Bioinformagician

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    Throwing away a low-mid range guitar bought used two years for fretwork commonly seen on low-mid tier guitars rather than getting an inexpensive fret job is probably the most ss.org thing I could imagine :lol:

    Edit: I take that back, the MOST ss.org thing I could imagine is throwing it away for sharp fret ends.
     
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    Don’t forget the binding spill over and tiny feet end file marks on guitars under $1000 are a deal breaker lol I swear I feel it’s like that sometimes
     
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    Uh shop around? I found two local shops in Baltimore were willing to do a complete fret job for $80. But if you're serious about tossing it, just donate it to place that gives kids gear. Someone will appreciate it.
     
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    Basically exactly why I offered lol
     
  20. xwmucradiox

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    Neither of the reputable guys I know of in Baltimore would do a fret level for $80. What shops are you talking about?
     

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