Story: I was given as a gift a 1974 Fender Strat. It's a wonderfully light guitar (7.32 lb) with a super fat neck pickup. I love this guitar as it was my first and it's what I learned to play on. It's truly a unique, special instrument. But I don't play it. I took it to Gary Brawer in San Francisco, and he told me it needs a refret. The 2-6 frets have huge flat patches, the neck is sinking in the pocket and needs to be shimmed, and the nut that somone else cut for it sets the string spacing way too far apart, causing the high E to easily slip over the edge of the frets. It's by no means an original piece: it has a NOS neck plate and tuners. But it's been well played and has plenty of life left in it. My hesitation is in having someone removing the frets. I just feel like it may permanently change the way it plays. I've been quoted $515 for a refret with a compound radius, a new nut, and a full setup. This seems really high. What would you do?