How much did you pay to have your guitar re-fretted?

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  1. andyk

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    Nothing. I do the work, by virtue of building necks and refretting worn out or buggered-up necks for customers.

    As a player I've never seen any need to refret any of my mass-produced stuff, unless all the frets are worn down to nothing, which has never been the case. The factory frets are how it came from the facility, and that's good enough for me, so I just set it up properly and play it.
     
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    To date, I'm on my 4th SS refret project with Aperio, if that tells you anything. ;)
     
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    Contact Keith Holland Guitar Hospital in Los Gatos. I didn't have a refret done but they quoted me $300, though I didn't ask about stainless.
     
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    This price is comparable with my experience.

    I know you're looking local, but the best fretwork I've had done is by Phil Jacoby. Shipped my Hamer to him and he went to town. Incredible work, beautifully cut nut, guitar still plays beautifully years later. I've had I think three refrets done on different guitars by different reputable luthiers, and felt his work was head and shoulders above the others. He did my Hamer with gold EVO wire, because I'm a pimp like that.

    Here's a link with some of his considerations concerning refrets...might be helpful.

    http://www.philtone.com/refrets.html
     
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  6. HoweFan

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    Had my LPC (in my avatar) done last year for $400. It's the most perfect fret work I've ever seen. Part of the cost is because I live in an expensive area, undoubtedly. It cost $300 back in '01 to have my LP Deluxe done, just for reference (and that was a different guy).
     
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    i can buy a custom neck for 300.00. i bet my paul reed smith would look great
    with a fender head stock.
     
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    i paid fat sounds in cary, NC over $400 ~10 yrs ago to refret my SG std. it took about 3 months, about 50 phone calls, and they ruined my case (they almost certainly swapped my almost mint hard shell case with a case that was basically destroyed touring) and i hated how the guitar sounded and felt. i sold it and will never have another guitar refretted. ill just get a new guitar bf trusting another 'professional'.

    refretting is the only thing i cant do on a guitar myself. thats the line in the sand for me, i guess.
     
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    I sent him a couple complex jobs a while back that local guys did not want to touch.

    A neck-through, bound, compound radius, ebony board, and a vintage neck with a very thin veneer board that had some humps in it - both came out excellent.
     
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    Get it Pleck'd by someone who has a good reputation such as Mike Lull.

    Lloyd
     
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    Warmoth sells roasted maple necks with SS frets for a tad over $200
     
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    Depends on the quality of the work. I had the 'best guy in town' refret my guitar and make it totally unplayable for 300$.
     
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    Around $450 for stainless. This is Norway though...
     
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    I don't see that anyone has asked. Do you just need a fret dress? A $60 fret dress would get you down the road. BUT - if you want to spend the cash for SS and get it over and done that's a great route too. My Ibanez PGM301, when it needs a fret dress I'm probably going to pony up the cash to refret it SS myself.
     
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    Gryphon in Palo Alto did mine a couple years ago, non-stainless, for 300.
    The OP is in Wisconsin, where prices should be significantly lower, due to the fact that the cost of living there is reasonable.
     
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    The frets are seriously worn with dents where the strings sit in most of the frets below the 12th. I don't think there is enough there to just have them leveled and dressed. The difference between the lower frets and the virtually unplayed 24th fret is very apparent.

    I guess that would be a good reason to have it evaluated by a pro.
     
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    I had a guy quote roughly $15.00/per fret but I'm not sure I trust them for this kind of work.

    I did find a few pro's in Milwaukee that came highly recommended.
     
  19. Gig Young

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    Norway would I pay $450 for a refret!!

    :)
     
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    In Milwaukee you have a lot of great options. Ron Jones at Cream City or Denny Rauen will both do top-notch work, neither are cheap.

    Denny https://www.rauenguitars.com/
    Ron https://www.creamcitymusic.com/repairs/

    It's been over a decade but I recall Alex Allgood at Milwaukee Lutherie was less expensive. He's worth a call as well.
    http://www.milwaukeelutherie.com/

    If you're on a tighter budget, look to Madison. Spruce Tree Music do fantastic work but they also understand they're in a college town and many of their clients are music majors choosing between an instrument repair and eating that week. Real old-world shop, one of my favorite places.
    http://www.sprucetreemusic.com/
     
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