DC/MD/VA Gear Swap

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  1. skhan007

    skhan007 Supporting Member

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    I’m interested in getting my Strat refretted- do you guys think Greg at Metro is a good choice?
     
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    I’ve never gotten a refret done with him, but all other guitar work has been done wonderfully for a fair price, not to mention very quickly.
     
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  3. skhan007

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    Thanks- I emailed Greg at Metro and he doesn't do refret work. He suggested Steve Ripley- anybody familiar?
     
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    The one guy I know is down in Fredericksburg, Thom Schiff. He takes forever, but everyone around here respects his work.
     
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    I've seen Steve's work: He refretted a Tele Custom that I had a few years back, and did similar work on a friend's guitar as well. Decent job overall, but if I needed a refret these days I would probably explore other options.

    I've gone to Philtone in Baltimore more recently, but my experience has been that you need to be prepared for a long wait time. I'm sort of in a similar boat -- looking for someone I can trust to assemble/set up my next partscaster.

    I've heard good things about this guy in the DMV Musicians Facebook group, but I don't have any first-hand experience:

    https://www.facebook.com/alpachterbassrepairworkshop/
     
  7. skhan007

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    Hey John, hope you are well, my friend! Thanks for the tip. I'd prefer to not deal with guys who take forever, but will consider as a last resort.
    Cool, thanks. I'll give Al a call and see what he says.

    As a quick FYI, I did correspond with Steve Ripley, who sounds like a really nice guy. He estimates about $350 to refret my maple neck strat. My gut tells me this is on the very expensive side of things, so I'll be interested to get other estimates.
     
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    Mike Dove up in Silver Spring. I gave him my guitar and had it back in less than a week. He filed my frets down.
     
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    Thanks man! I'll look him up. Did he do a refret for you? Curious about his fees, but I'll call/email him to follow up.
     
  10. Axis29

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    That, my brother, is why I always add the caveat!


    (all is well, but crazy as life can be!)
     
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    It was my intention to refret the 1st through about 5th frets. Mike said that wasn't necessary and filed them down for me. He even pointed out that my neck is a little bowed. I still love the guitar and after the fret job all the notes are in tune. The price was very reasonable and done it less than a week. If you are coming from Virginia it is worth the drive.

    Phone: (301) 236-5385
     
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    Does he have a site? Also, does he do SS frets?
     
  13. JayFi

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    Makes sense. Good luck, and please keep us posted on how it goes.

    When Steve refretted my '70s Tele Custom, I know that the maple board was a real sticking point. He pointed out that there was poly applied after the fretwork during that era, which makes it a much more difficult job.

    A quote of $350 might be a little high. Just for comparison, I had a full refret/Plek done at Philtone for slightly less than $400 if memory serves correctly. This was on a 52RI Tele.
     
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    He doesn’t do SS frets. His name and address will show up in google maps.
     
  15. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    The weather is cooperating and I shall definitely be at JVs tonight for Pete Cage's band's gig. Say hi if you're there. This is me:

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    Yes, that is you. :cool:

    Say hi to Pete for me (from Cape Cod) and enjoy....
     
  17. Jon Silberman

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    I'll tell Pete, "Jon C told me to tell you he wanted so much to attend your gig but Sarah forced him to go to Cape Cod."

    :p
     
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    It was a fantastic show, I'm sorry no one from here came out. Maybe next time ...
     
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    Had the pleasure of meeting Pete yesterday afternoon when I dropped an amp off for service. Couldn't make it to the show, but I'm glad to hear it was a good one.
     
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