Dang I want a Plek Job!

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  1. OldSchool

    OldSchool Senior Member

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    I have 2 guitars I'm dying to get Pleked........but the closest one is in Tenn or Maryland. Is it worth the expense to have the guitar shipped 2 ways and risk the guitars up to the handlers at fed Ex and UPS?

    They have 3 in California, 2 in New york.......Why can't someone buy one for The state of Florida!? :BITCH[​IMG]

    http://www.plek.de/indexdf0b.html?id=162
     
  2. crzyfngers

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    what's the charge for that? i've read about it but nobody mentioned price.
     
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    If you replace all the frets, around $400
     
  4. GuitarsFromMars

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    I know that Tennessee has at least one PLEK...
     
  5. crzyfngers

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    ouch. i can get a new neck for 300.
     
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    I am here as you are here as you are me and we are
    Depends on how well your guitars are setup and playing now,
    and how good you/your local techs are at fret work and setups, imo.

    If you're not happy with what you have and can't find good techs locally,
    then I think it's probably worth it.
    Then again, I've never had either an incoming or outgoing guitar damaged in shipping either.
    ;)


    All I know is that Phil Jacoby is a fret god.
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  7. guitarist58

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    It's about $200 give or take a bit if you're leaving your original frets intact.

    +1,000 on wanting to have it done!--I've never had a really well set up guitar, and the guitars that I've played that were Plek'd were flat-out awesome. I'm sure there are probably good techs that use traditional methods around my (So Cal) area if I sought one out, though.
     
  8. telecopter

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    Sounds like a personal problem?
     
  9. Rob Sharer

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    Plek's are great, but remember it's a tool - best in the hands of a good luthier.
    In my experience, Phil Jacoby in Md. is an Excellent luthier. I would suggest calling and talking to him.
     
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    Joe Glaser in Nashville...drive out there, spend a couple days in Nashville...combine a mini-vacation with a Plek job!! Think of it as a break from working on the music room!!
     
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    Absolutely! Joe is THE guy and if you don;t need frets it's not gonna cost you $400...not even close. I believe that Joe was the first in this country to have it.
    As most know, Heritage uses a PLEK machine in their factory. As much as I love the guys there and my Heritages, the PLEK jobs that Joe did for me felt superior. I'd go/ship to him in a heartbeat.
     
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    I was considering driving to NC to see relatives. I figured I would drop off my guitar with Joe and pick it up on my way back. I called him and he said to let him know when I would be there and he would make time to do mine while I wait.

    Ended up selling the guitar but I liked Joe's service.
     
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    hey where in 'berdo? I live there as well.
     
  15. OldSchool

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    Ahhhh. I wish we had one in the state. I'm gonna take it to my local Guru. He is one of the best(I heard tale that Paul McCartney and Mr Slowhand have brought instruments to him when it town) But he is sick now and the Turn around can be a month or so. [​IMG]
     
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    I got a guitar PLEKed by Joe Glaser in Nashville and he did a FANTASTIC job. He is the US rep for PLEK, so I'd venture to say that he knows more about the machine than anyone else on this side of the pond. It only cost me $150 for a complete dress too.
     
  17. OldSchool

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    I'd pay that in a second.......but I'm not so sure I want to add around $80 round trip shipping and Take a chance that Fed Ex or UPS might hurt my baby........


    Think about your best hand fret job , dressing you ever got. What does the Plek do that the hand Fret job can't? Will it last longer? I'm trying to rationalize the co$t in my head............

    If I had one anywhere in the state I'd drive and make a mini vacation out of it. Maybe I will do Tenn. next year.....I just can't justify the expense of a vacation this year after adding that house extension. [​IMG]

    I always wanted to check out the Nations music capital.[​IMG]
     
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    IIRC, there are a couple of things... It can slightly re-radius the "neck" (if you're just looking at the fret surfaces), and it can add some "fall-off" making the frets higher up on the neck slightly lower as you go up the neck. Maybe another benefit is taking off as little fret surface as possible while still achieving the desired results? I'm no expert on fretwork, maybe those things can be done by hand, as well...
     
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    Hi! I just saw your post. I'm up in the north end by the freeway :)
     
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    Mike Lull has one in Bellevue WA about 5 minutes from where I work. Costs $250 for it I hear.

    Tempting.
     

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