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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / New frets?



Marcus Swicegood
Nov 29th, 2017 10:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

How can i know and determine when i need new frets installed on my old 1995 USA strat PLUS? I had a level and dress job done a few years back by some great guys here that i trust, and are also certified Fender techs here in my home town guitar shop. But i keep wanting to install new frets for some reason, to bring it back to original spec's??? Please advise me so i don't spend big money for nothing i don't need!!!!!

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our time in hell
Nov 30th, 2017 12:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Level and dress doesn't make them non-original, any more than getting a tune-up on your car "modifies" the engine. It's maintenance.

If it plays well, and everything intonates and doesn't bottom out or have issues...you're fine.

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Paris, France

It's just a guitar, not rocket science.
Nov 30th, 2017 02:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

What rob said. If it plays well and has no problems, you're good to go. When the fret wear gets so bad that you basically have uneven fret heights all over the place have buzzing on some strings on some frets and you have to raise the action to cure some of it, then you're well due a refret.

But if you think getting a refret now will make you happier then do it. of course if you spend extra and get stainless steel frets you'll possibly never have to worry about a refret ever again.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Dec 13th, 2017 02:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mine displayed all the symptoms, flat frets at favorite positions,divots in the cowboy chord positions, and general finish wear on the neck.

I had it refretted with Jumbos, and the tech put "hemispherical fret ends" on it, basically rounding the ends to a ball instead of the sharp angle.

That alone made it effortless to play, and the taller frets just work. It's not original but I don't care.

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but no guitar
Dec 13th, 2017 04:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Frets are considered "wear items" (like strings) on a guitar.

If they're replaced and the work is good, the guitar's value does not take a hit at all on the collector market. Worn-out original frets make a guitar unplayable anyway.

The exception to the above is if the guitar has some accompanying documentation of famous-musician provenance.



Dec 13th, 2017 05:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think refretting a guitar will devalue a guitar no question on that, vintage guitar collectors want original no questions, if it is a high end strat the best way would be not refret and leave to the new owner to decide, depends on the guitar and its vintage collector value, newer guitar well probably no issue, 50's original strat well that's another story

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