To refret? Or not? 1974 Strat.

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by slunky, Feb 4, 2017.

  1. The-Kid

    The-Kid Dr. Stratster

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    Yeah San Fran just cost more.

    Its expensive up there.
     
  2. The-Kid

    The-Kid Dr. Stratster

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    ChicagoMusicExchange does jobs.

    Just ship the neck to them and they should do it for a good price.

    It will probably be much cheaper and just as good a service than the local guy charging an arm and a leg.

    Look up CHicago Music Exchange and hit them up OP.
     
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  3. slunky

    slunky New Member!

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    This was suggested to me by the shop. However, I'm against it.
     
  4. Ash-Man

    Ash-Man Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah I'd avoid that guy like the plague dude, peace and good luck
     
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  5. Stark

    Stark Still an idiot

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    Slunky,

    I'm a fellow San Franciscan....I would recommend at least showing your guitar to Larry Council at Bananas at Large in San Rafael.
     
  6. Moopha

    Moopha Strat-O-Master

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    I regret my '77 with bronze frets... plays like butter
    Swapped with a teflon nut
    But no radius change!
     
  7. echoes71

    echoes71 Senior Stratmaster

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    I would never have a neck refretted without sending the whole thing, the neck itself doesn't show how to set it up without the body.
     
  8. Groovey

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    You wanna ay it. Refret, nut, & setup. Making a new radius seems rediculous.

    Get a few quotes. Like you would for anything else.
     
  9. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    Refret with Stainless Steel at the existing factory radius. You'll get a lot more life out of the new frets. There is an upcharge but only because of pricing (I find using medium stainless is a faster fret job than medium-jumbo standard frets that I used only to get more wear life before going to stainless).

    Get the new nut, however, the high-e string falling off the edge of the board could be the neck got shifted sideways in the neck pocket (perhaps a fall off a stand). Can you see a gap on the low-E side of the neck to body? Sometimes loosening the bolts slightly and pulling the neck sideways back in place, will fix this. Quite likely when someone replaced the plate they misaligned the neck, or it got banged around at some point.

    Doing the compound radius is a big negative to the value of the guitar.

    Put the shim in yourself before getting any of the work done. It's an easy fix with thin veneer strips or like the hardcore guys do with matchbook covers and guitar picks. Use a dab of something sticky like kid's glue stick to hold them in place while reassembling. It's a matter of tilting that heel and you can see it relative to the strings.

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  10. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    Refret if needed, partial if that's all it needs. Do the new nut, set it up and go
     
  11. RangerJay

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    Go for a complete refret and nut from a reputable luthier. It will last you a long time.

    A guitar with worn out frets is not really playable. A playable guitar beats a non-playable guitar any day of the week.