I have a couple guitars which I'm trying to eliminate fret buzz on. One of them is a Les-Paul type electric, so it has a short scale. The guy at the shop who did the setup said he just couldn't get the action any lower without buzz, and even now I don't consider the action very good without a considerable amount of fret buzz. I asked about getting the frets leveled, and he said he didn't think it would make any difference, that Les Paul's are just like this. Is this true?
I have a late 90's Parker Fly which has absolutely incredible action and zero audible buzz. If you really bang the strings you can hear them buzz a little, but that takes effort and it's still very minor. On my LP-style, I can play softly and it will still buzz, and in a very annoying "where's the bee" kind of way.
I'm a DIY kind of guy, and a perfectionist. However, I have no luthier experience. Since I have a couple of guitars which could benefit from it, I'm considering buying the necessary equipment myself and giving a go. Can some of you with experience give me some tips on the right/necessary tools, and which are overkill/unnecessary? For example:
1) Fret crowning file -- diamond vs. standard burr? Will I notice a big difference, or is this more of a everyday shop use vs. occasional personal use kind of thing? I would definitely need something with clearance since I have both an acoustic and LP-style with set neck, and don't want to gouge the body.
2) Fret leveling block -- I was thinking of getting a 16" Fret/Fingerboard leveler (http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Fretting_supplies/Leveling/Fret_Fingerb...
3) Straightedge (notched vs. flat) -- is this necessary for getting the neck perfectly straight before starting the leveling process?
I'm also curious whether the results will be any different (worse) if I do it myself without something fancy like a neck jig to apply simulated string and truss rod tension on the neck while leveling.
I will certainly plan to buy a book, but which would be the best? StewMac has two by Dan Erlewine: Guitar Player Repair Guide, and Fret Work Step by Step. Please note that at least at this time, I am not planning to do a refret myself, just want to know whether it's practical to do my own full setup (including fret leveling) for best playability.
Thanks in advance for any tips/advice.