'88 Strat Plus rosewood neck refret question

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  1. gang twanger

    gang twanger Member

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    Maybe some of you can help. I'm pretty much a novice when it comes to tech work (the most I've been able to accomplish is installing pickups or adjusting saddle height/radius or intonation). I've got an '88 Fender Strat Plus w/ rosewood fretboard that sounds and plays beautifully, except that a couple of the frets (particularly the 2nd and 3rd) have developed an indentation mark/slot where the G string crosses over them (which makes me think that these are nickle frets). So now I have a nasty buzz on that string whenever I play an A note/chord on the 2nd fret. You get the idea. I also have a buzz up on the 14th, but that may just be an issue of string height rather than fret replacement.
    I don't have it in my budget to have a luthier do a complete refret job, and I've never attempted something like this myself. What I'm wondering is this: Would I be able to replace 1 or 2 frets on my own without ruining a 20 year old guitar that I love? or: How much am I looking at to get 1 or 2 frets replaced professionally (and will they do that, or do I have to commit to refretting the whole neck).
    I want to keep it as inexpensive as possible without doing a hack job. Any help would be awesome.
     
  2. FloridaSam

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    Take it to a trusted, competent luthier and ask him/her to do a fret dress and crown. He/she will file down the frets a bit to uniform height and recrown them like new. If you've REALLY banged away at the cowboy chords you might only need the first three frets replaced, but I would ask for the crown and dress first.

    I recently had a full refret and bone nut done for $180.00, this is the LOW end. Expect to spend $200-250 and be happy if its cheaper.

    A fret crown and dress shouldn't run much more than $50.00 and worth every penny, you'll kick yourself for not doing it sooner.
     
  3. earthlydescent

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    first off, have a great tech look at it. it could just use a level, and you could save a shitload of cash this way. the play of the guitar will change with a fret job. a fret level will only set you back 35-70 bucks. i've had a person do (good job), and the plek system do it (good too, but no soul).
     
  4. gang twanger

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    I never really knew what a fret dressing really meant. The indentation on the first couple frets is quite visible. Thats how I recognized the problem. Should I just have a luthier dress and crown the first 2 or 3 frets, or is it really going to make a big difference if I have them all done?
     
  5. FloridaSam

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    Get them all done. It will make a big difference.
     

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