‘69 Neck-n-Frets

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  1. Oldstratster

    Oldstratster New Member!

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    Looking for info Re: Re-Fret vs. Fret dress/Shims et. al. My ‘69 Strat has high action to clear the upper frets which are still “like new” compared to lower frets which are showing a lot of wear. Some say keep original frets but playing it is getting tough. Thoughts?
     
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    Pics to see what you mean exactly ?
     
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    Kestrel Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    If there is enough fret left to get away with just a fret dress you can hang on to the original frets and it will be a lot cheaper than a complete refret, if you do need a refret it won't devalue it as long as it is a professional job, in fact can be a big plus.
     
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  4. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    You're worried about taking original material off the upper frets only?
    Get over it.
    The lower frets are already worn, so all you need to do is level all the frets.
    Leave the lower ones alone as much as possible and level down the upper ones.
    Original frets are original frets.
    Your upper frets can't be MORE original than the lower.
    Get it right and enjoy it.
    If it doesn't play well, it's a dog.
     
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    AcrylicSuperman Strat-O-Master

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    At a certain point, you need to ask yourself if it is a collectors piece or a player.
     
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    I agree with @charlie chitlin for the most part. Get the upper frets leveled to the height of the lower frets, assuming the lower frets are comfortable for you to play.

    That way you keep the original frets and the neck should be quite a bit more playable for you.
     
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  7. Oldstratster

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    Thanks! Level and dress! I dressed my upright fingerboard perfectly, but there are no frets or truss. Doing my homework first. If I can I will, if I will I can. “Do no harm”!
     
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    It’s a player!
     
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    If they're the original frets on a '69 absolutely replace them with new ones. And while you're at it I'd fit SS frets that will last forever. My old '89 Strat Plus had 3 refrets, usually the lower 9-10 frets. Your guitar is 20 years older. Mine were medium jumbo, so your tiny vintage frets must have nothing left of them??
     
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    Not yet but other Re: covered it, for now but that could change. Thanks