Strat Repair / Should I keep

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by riocoolnes, Jan 10, 2021.

  1. riocoolnes

    riocoolnes Strat-Talk Member

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    Hi so I've been waiting to update on my quest for a strat. About a month ago i bought a beautiful 2008 American Standard with locking tuners/case for 1k. It looks exactly like the Websites logo maple neck and all.

    Now Unfortunately because of Covid i was not able to try out any guitars but GC was offering full money back till Jan 31st. So i did as much research as one can do from the computer and bought one. I'm also not much of a gear guy so didn't have alot to compare it to.

    It played decent , i felt it needed a set up given that it had 1-2 dead notes on the high e string. I brought it to a local guitar shop i trusted. And the tech told me it needed a Refret which made sense given the frets did look worn. 350 bucks but i felt that still the guitar was still worth keeping instead of returning so i paid for the refret. After the refret, the areas where there were dead notes are better but they still aren't as clear as my PRS. Also the frets are dirty (I've had it back for 5 days and have sweaty hands) not sure if that can make them dirty in that amount of time.

    Another major concern is and im not sure how normal this is. But when i bend on B or G between 10-14 i feel alot of friction of the string grinding up against the neck, Not sure if this is normal. Also i've included some pictures. It looks like to me it has fret sprout . I'll let you guys decide if this is normal for a strat from the pics i include.

    Are these things normal and that's just how strats are? At this Point an American Professional strat at GC is 1449. I'm not sure how great these are but they would be new . Not sure how they compare to the Axe i currently have.
     

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  2. fos1

    fos1 Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    Is that rust on the strings?
     
  3. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Honestly, it sounds like the guy that did the refret did not do a good job recrowing and polishing.
    A neck fresh from a refret should play smooth as butter without any scratchiness.

    $350 for the refret is a fair price, $400+ is not uncommon, but another $150 could have bought a replacement neck from Fender.
     
  4. s5tuart

    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    Agreed. Frets shouldn't feel scratchy after a refret. Take it back to the guy and explain the frets are rough and get him to crown and polish them
     
  5. Michael919

    Michael919 Senior Stratmaster

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    Your strings look really dirty. You may want to wash your hands before playing and give the strings a wipe after each time you play. It's takes seconds and your strings will last a lot longer.

    If you aren't happy with the job, bring it back to get it fixed. You could also just polish the frets yourself.
     
  6. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Most Honored Senior Member

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    Really... guys need to wash their hands after replacing a tranny in a '52 F 100 they're restoring.... dirty strings make a guitar, AnY guitar sound like cack... then, beyond that... who ever refretted for 350 and did not (he didn't) level, crown and polish your frets needs to be exposed, and you should find a new tech..

    r
     
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  7. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    Ask your tech to fix the frets again
    Guitar should play smooth after a refret.
    Did you play the guitar in the repair shop before leaving?
     
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    rockon1 Senior Stratmaster

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    edit- response deleted with new op info added....

    "I was just polishing the frets myself, i hadn't wiped off the strings before i took the photo."


    Im assuming the string crud is polishing crud...
     
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  9. dirocyn

    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    Maybe a trick of the light, but it looks like there are flat spots on the frets. I question whether frets were replaced, it looks like they've been filed down, and no crown or polish. If that's the case, the job you paid for has not been done.

    Also those are some of the crustiest strings I've ever seen. Are these the same ones that were on the guitar before you had work done? I don't imagine any good tech would put old strings back on, unless you specifically asked him to.

    I'm thinking your tech is ripping you off.
     
  10. The_Whale

    The_Whale Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    Is there is reason why you didn't ask this forum for advice about the frets?

    What is the name of the local shop you trusted?
     
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    riocoolnes Strat-Talk Member

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    I was just polishing the frets myself, i hadn't wiped off the strings before i took the photo. I'm going to call the tech tomorrow to get more info on exactly what he did.

    Before getting it fixed the guitar played alright. Just some dead notes on the High e string, and i felt the guitar didn't ring as much as it should. The dead notes are KINDA gone (not fully) and i feel it should ring more when you hit let say open notes.

    How fast can frets get dirty? also does that look like fret sprout? What about the friction against the board on the b string and gstring

    Should i just return it and get a professional series the new one?
     
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    The_Whale Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    I'm thinking this refret never happened....
     
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  13. Michael919

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    Regarding your comparison to your PRS:

    Your PRS likely has a shorter scale length (25 versus 25.5) and a fixed bridge, as well as other possible differences in construction.

    They will not "ring out" the same. It's not quite apples to oranges, but maybe red apples to green apples....
     
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    riocoolnes Strat-Talk Member

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    Unfortunately I'm to big of a noob when it comes to gear. i've been playing the same guitar for 10 years now and haven't tried any out basically in the mean time . PRS SE santana , work
    All i can testify to is that the frets don't look dinged anymore. before refret there were some frets that def looked worn. Not horrendous but not great either.
     
  15. The_Whale

    The_Whale Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    replace the strings and post a photo.
     
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    Colnago1 Strat-Talker

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    Even though GC is what it is, I don’t think it’s fair to return a guitar that you’ve had work done on. Even if it improved the guitar, it isn’t in the condition that it was when purchased.
     
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    Ronkirn Most Honored Senior Member

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    I gotta say, after doing a few thousand fret boards... that one just does NOT appear to have been worked on... leveling, crowning and polishing leaves a specific look... a look no where to be found in those photos..

    and throw those strings away.... Now...

    r
     
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    Biddlin Senior Stratmaster

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    Clean your fret board (and the rest of the guitar), change your strings and get back to us.
     
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    I have to agree. That doesn't look like it was touched.
     
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  20. The_Whale

    The_Whale Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    What is the name of the shop?
     
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