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    The first four frets on my guitar are slightly indented and whenever a fret a note in that area, it gives a clanky sound. What is the average price for refretting a guitar? I read on some sites that they charge upwards to $500 which is about how much I paid for the guitar. I'm guessing if it cost that much then I should just get a new guitar.

  • #2
    I recently paid 250.00 for a complete refret on my Les Paul.
    You can get a partial refret on those first four frets and be much
    cheaper.
    The guitar may only need a fret dressing to fix the problem you have.

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    • #3
      What is the difference between refret and fret dressing?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jrfan
        I recently paid 250.00 for a complete refret on my Les Paul.
        You can get a partial refret on those first four frets and be much
        cheaper.
        The guitar may only need a fret dressing to fix the problem you have.


        You can usually get it done for around 5 bucks a fret, and some very good techs that work out of their homes may do it for as low as 3.
        http://www.patcoast.com"The guy would be strumming along, singing the verse to “Margarittavile” and then he would hit his harmonizer pedal for the chorus. It went from sounding like a guy singing and playing guitar to sounding like the Stephen Hawkings trio."-Christhee68" the singer of my cover band used to find it funny to let out gaseous forms of vile hate and sadness that would make a plaster baby Jesus weep."- FitchFY

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        • #5
          Originally posted by LifesonFan2112
          What is the difference between refret and fret dressing?


          Dressing is filing and reshaping the existing frets. If the grooves are too deep in them, it won't work.
          http://www.patcoast.com"The guy would be strumming along, singing the verse to “Margarittavile” and then he would hit his harmonizer pedal for the chorus. It went from sounding like a guy singing and playing guitar to sounding like the Stephen Hawkings trio."-Christhee68" the singer of my cover band used to find it funny to let out gaseous forms of vile hate and sadness that would make a plaster baby Jesus weep."- FitchFY

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          • #6
            Cost of tools to fret a guitar~$50.

            Cost of books to learn how~$50

            Cost of 6' of fretwire~$18


            Doing your own fretwork for the rest of time~Priceless.



            Larry
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            • #7
              $125 at my local store.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by larryguitar
                Cost of tools to fret a guitar~$50.

                Cost of books to learn how~$50

                Cost of 6' of fretwire~$18


                Doing your own fretwork for the rest of time~Priceless.



                Larry


                Cost of buying a new guitar to replace the one you ruined trying to do your own fretwork: _______

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by adamrobertt


                  Cost of buying a new guitar to replace the one you ruined trying to do your own fretwork: _______


                  Either that, or add in the cost of a buying a couple of trashed necks to practice on before you work on a guitar you care about...
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                  • #10
                    I ought to cut and paste this, I say it here so often:

                    Fretwork is NOT that hard. You have to be careful, you have to be thorough, but it's not rocket science. It's not even...um....scooter engine science.

                    Make fretboard flat.

                    Install frets. Make top of frets flat. (As in, 'on one plane' flat.)

                    Round (crown) frets.

                    Play your ass off.

                    My last refret took about two hours and I did it while watching TV.

                    Larry
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