refret or replace Robery Cray Sig Strat neck?

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  1. glitchathon

    glitchathon Strat-Talk Member

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    Whoa, yea, that's expensive. I paid $405 for the bone nut + stainless steel frets on my 25 year old strat.
     
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  2. ido1957

    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    FYI - My EC SS refret + bone nut was $400 CDN. They do not have a PLEK machine.
     
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    Collin D Plonker Strat-Talker

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    I regret all my necks when they need it. I actually enjoy it.
     
  4. dbbluesproject

    dbbluesproject Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    You can definitely find someone to do a decent refret job for less.......even if you have to ship the neck to them.
    Personally I would skip the stainless frets if money is an issue.......a great refret job and setup are far more important than having ss frets.....imho.
    Lately from what I have seen the prices for ss refrets are out of control......yes they last forever......but at what cost....too much money imho and I personally like nickel frets.
    Find a good, reputable, reasonable luthier, have the refret done (not ss) and the nut replaced if it really needs it and have a setup done.
    I have a Robert Cray and love it......keep the neck!
     
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    marksound Strat-Talker

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    My 2 cents: If you like the neck, have it refretted with original style nickel silver wire.

    From what I hear and read, stainless changes the sound. My old damaged ears probably couldn't hear the difference, but if you hear every change you make, go with original stuff.
     
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    charlie chitlin Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    Those prices are double.
     
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  7. StummerJoe

    StummerJoe Senior Stratmaster

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    Stainless steal refret. Never worry about it E-V-E-R.
     
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  8. d_t_p

    d_t_p Strat-Talk Member

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    I remembered this guy in Modesto CA... been wanting to try him out for a while... he will do my refret for $250 + $50 extra for stainless.

    What do you think? His builds are pretty impressive...

    deangatewoodguitars.com

    Playing starts at about 3:00... good player too.

     
  9. stratobiker

    stratobiker Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I would get it refretted.
    But...I already know a luthier that I have used for years and I know will do a great job.
     
  10. Dreamdancer

    Dreamdancer Senior Stratmaster

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    Refret with stainless and you ll feel that you bought a new guitar.Now if you cant do it yourself, find some local guy with a good track record of doing this and get it done.The line of satisfied customers ll lead you to such a guy for sure that wont break the bank.

    Buy a set of jescar stainless steel frets from philadelphia luthiers in the size that you want and pre-radiused at your boards radius, along with a nice tusq nut and give them to this guy to do the work.

    Now if you love guitars,have a bunch of them and wanna save money in the future....get a squier bullet and learn to do refrets yourself.Apart from the materials some files and cutters you really dont have to spend a lot other than your free time to do this.Once you learn the process and do it a couple of times you ll realise it was the best investment you ever made as far as guitars go.
     
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  11. joesatch

    joesatch Strat-Talker

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    i have no regrets
     
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  12. Collin D Plonker

    Collin D Plonker Strat-Talker

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    My phone enjoys changing all my words it doesn't know, especially guitar words. I will have to figure out how to turn that off.
     
  13. ibdrkn1

    ibdrkn1 Strat-O-Master

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    Refret.

    Just because something is the same model doesn't mean you'll bond with it the same.
     
  14. dogletnoir

    dogletnoir V----V

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    LOL... i actually paid to refret a guitar that cost less new than the price of the stainless steel refret, but it is a guitar that i really love,
    and i played it so much that i was totally wearing the frets out.
    Now, i can play it as much as i like and not have to worry about that issue again for a very long time.
    i also replaced the stock pickups with a DiMarzio Air Norton/Tone Zone set...

    Muffy and i are very happy together.
    If you love that Cray Strat and that Cray neck, go for the refret... and do stainless steel.
    This is the guy that did mine:
    https://aperioguitar.com/
    His work is top notch!
     
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  15. CephasG

    CephasG Senior Stratmaster

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    Refret with SS is what I would do.
     
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    PCollen Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Is there any noticeable tonal difference between nickel and stainless frets on a rosewood fretboard ?
     
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    None that i have noticed.
    In my personal opinion based on personal experience, switching to stainless steel frets did not change the tone of the guitar in question
    in any appreciable way.
    The change in pickups did make a difference of course, but since that was done prior to the refret, it was not a factor in this determination.
     
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  18. Duane_the_tub

    Duane_the_tub Strat-O-Master

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    Yeah, that's madness. My guy would do it for half that, but unfortunately we are on the other side of the country.

    I now have stainless frets on all my Strats, and I agree it's the way to go. Adds a little piece of mind. Has anyone else found that they can be tough on strings, though? I've had more breaks than usual, not that it's too big a deal given what and how I play.
     
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  20. d_t_p

    d_t_p Strat-Talk Member

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    heh... I was not expecting the attention this thread would get.

    My baby goes into the guitar hospital Monday for a stainless refret and most likely a new nut as well. Will be less than $400 for both.

    I decided to go with a local luthier... Dean Gatewood... the one who built the guitar in the video I posted earlier.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts everyone!