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Ok, time for refret or just leveling at this point??

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Fuzzybunnyballz, Jun 19, 2018.

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  1. Fuzzybunnyballz

    Fuzzybunnyballz Strat-Talk Member

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    11
    Jun 10, 2018
    Arkansas
    This is the guitar purchased for $550. The frets are worn pretty bad from what can tell. What do you guys think? Can I get by with a leveling and dressing or does it absolutely need a refret right now ?

    It's like this in different varying degrees, about 10 or 11 frets...
     

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  2. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Beer me up Scotty Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 11, 2015
    Limbo
    Looks like good amount left so it can be levelled. What gauge of strings do you play with?
     

  3. mtsv

    mtsv Strat-Talk Member

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    Feb 29, 2016
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    Well, it seems pretty bad to me. Levelling will not work IMHO, refretting will refresh the keyboard.
     

  4. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 21, 2010
    Sheffield, UK
    It's not easy to say for sure from photos. It depends how much is left on the frets and how low you can stand them to be after levelling.
     
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  5. nickmsmith

    nickmsmith Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 28, 2011
    Pawnee, Indiana
    Or you can sell the neck and put the money towards a new or less used version.

    Might be cheaper than a refret

    That’s probably what I would do instead of refretting anything but a guitar that is super special to me.

    Or.. learn to play slide. ;)
     

  6. Fuzzybunnyballz

    Fuzzybunnyballz Strat-Talk Member

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    Arkansas
    I play with 10's. I have no idea what was on the guitar before I purchased it.
     

  7. Fuzzybunnyballz

    Fuzzybunnyballz Strat-Talk Member

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    Arkansas
    It's an American made neck , those suckers are expensive.
    I like the neck but at this shape it buzzes all over the high side. I'm leaning towards doing a leveling and if that doesn't work completely just refretting..
     
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  8. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Thats what I'd do.
     
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  9. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Dec 17, 2017
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    I was beat to the punch, I was going to say fret level first then refret it you are not happy with it.
     
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  10. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 10, 2014
    Michigan
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    Find the deepest pot hole and if you've got fret metal below that and the fingerboard you can do a level and crown. These look like jumbo frets that were leveled once but not crowned (super wide landing on the fret tops).

    If you do a refret than certainly get stainless steel installed.

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  11. TheDuck

    TheDuck Most Honored Senior Member

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    Jan 12, 2016
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    Refret should always be your last resort.

    Try anything and everything before a refret, because if its done incorrectly, it will ruin the guitar.
     

  12. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 1, 2009
    My house.
    If you do the level and crown yourself then that would be ideal. If it works, you are out very little cash. If not, hey you got some fret leveling practice. :)
     

  13. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

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    Jan 8, 2016
    philadelphia
    I fear i am nearing that same decision.
    I am truly not looking forward to a refret. If it's done right, I'll be happy.
    If it's done wrong, i will be most miserable.
    I am holding out for as long as is possible, but sooner or later, I'll have to bite the bullet.
     
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  14. guitarman1984

    guitarman1984 Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 24, 2013
    Italy
    Looks quite bad but it's difficult to judge from the pictures... If you can fret dress and crown I'd give it a try. If those are still the original frets, they are medium jumbos so they have some meat ...
     

  15. StillAlive&Well

    StillAlive&Well Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Oct 4, 2014
    Frog, Texas
    But what about the guitar?
     
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  16. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    A level and crown will leave you with a "fretless wonder". If you're OK with that then go for it.

    Personally, those frets look beyond toasted to me and I would replace them.
     

  17. wayoutjohn

    wayoutjohn Strat-Talker

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    NJ
    So what did you end up doing?
     

  18. Pin960

    Pin960 New Member!

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    Sep 17, 2016
    Arkansas , USA
    I tried leveling first, that took way to much meat off the frets so much I couldnt crown the frets. So i refret, I forgot to re radius the neck and remove the nitro. I could have done a better job being a first time to do a refret. I have a new set of pre radius frets coming today in the mail. Gonna do this right this time ....
     
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  19. wayoutjohn

    wayoutjohn Strat-Talker

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    So you're doing it twice? you're gonna get good at this! Pics when you get it done please, I'd like to see what it might look like the first time I try a re-fret
     

  20. Bluestrat83

    Bluestrat83 Strat-O-Master

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    Jan 17, 2016
    Ecuador
    It looks that you can level them