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Applause acoustic guitar

Q: I have an "Applause" acoustic guitar, it is an Ibanez half bowl body.
A few of the frets are lifted out towards the 1st string, so if you bend a string during a lead, the 1st string can get caught under the fret. Can these be tapped back down, or does the fret need to be pulled out and re-seated?

A: The offending fret must be pulled and rebent and redriven. It needs to be overbent so that it will spring back to perfect as it is driven. It can't be overbent while it is still in the slot. Hammering the ends might work for a short while, but the metal memory out lasts the grip of the wood of the slot. It is far best to have this work done by someone who has done it a lot.
Steve Mason

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