‘Plenty of life left in frets’???

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by filtersweep, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. toomanyamps

    toomanyamps Member

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    It means exactly the same as when a used car salesman says "this car will go another 100,000 miles".
     
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  2. kimock

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    Yeah, but if you made the trip you’d at least know what you’re getting and you skip the whole shipping damage scenario.
    100% of the nightmare deal gone bad threads we get here are some combination of sight-unseen/dealing with strangers/not as advertised/shipping damage stories.
    All totally avoidable in person, guitar in hand.
    I drove from SF to Scottsdale Arizona last time I spent that kind of cash to make sure I got what I paid for.

    I get the whole convenience and variety aspect of shopping online, but the relative condition of the frets is the least of your problems if you send a total stranger 3k and tell him to get somebody to put in a box.
     
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    TO ME, it means i would always consider a re-fret as part of the buying equation.

    This way, if you have a preferred fret type and height with a re-fret, you can basically start out with the guitar as new and your preferred fret setup.
     
  4. jcs

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    AND, lets face it....guitars are resonant instruments, if the guitar doesnt ring out (keeping in mind strings and setup apply here) its not one i would want usually.
     
  5. carbz

    carbz Supporting Member

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    You guys still toying around with nickel frets?
     
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  6. Johnny21

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    There's a reason you're not paying full price. Because it's used.
     
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    It means "if I showed you pics of the frets you'd think it needs a refret."
     
  8. dirk_benedict

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    IME, it tends to mean very slight pitting at most. Not bothersome to the avg player, a real picky person might notice it.

    As a buyer, the only reason I ask is that I want an excuse to negotiate down on the price.
     
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  9. customguitars87

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    You wouldn't have to worry about fret wear on a Suhr since most of 'em have stainless frets ;).
     
  10. scr@tchy

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    It means no where close to what I've let mine get to "please let me squeeze one more level/recrown in"
     
  11. jcs

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    That picky person would be me....i'm 59 and osteo arthritis from years of labor wear and tear....i need fairly tall frets with easier action and i like 10's....maybe i should switch to 9's?
     
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    Saying "there's plenty of life left in the frets" means absolutely nothing to me. It's like saying a guitar has a chunky neck, or that it's lightweight...without actual numbers to back up the claims, it doesn't really mean much, because those things are completely subjective.
     
  13. filtersweep

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    It is 3K used- 5800 new.

    But I fail to see how that is relevant. I’ll likely pass regardless, as it doesn’t sit well with me to pay that much for a guitar that I can’t play first. I merely included the price to add to the absurdity of describing a guitar in this way.
     
  14. Fu Schnickens

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    Right. Either it means this ^, or it means get in your car and go see the guitar and get your hands on it. Unless it's hundreds of miles away. Then it means you'll just have to risk it.
     
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    I had 3 of my Gibsons refretted with stainless steel frets. I was tired of the soft fret wire that I had been seeing the past 10-15 years. Its funny though - I blew through frets on an R7, R0, J-185, and my old Strat in just a few years. Some of my other guitars are still sporting the original frets and show no wear at all. I put SS frets on the three Gibsons I mentioned earlier. The strings glide on SS frets way better. It makes bends unbelievably smooth.
     
  16. jwguitar

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    Usually when I have heard that the frets have been good with slight wear. If that is something that concerns you I would move on because you might or might not be happy with how the frets are.
     
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    Yeah, who knows? I was just talking to the OP, he said it mattered but that doesn’t mean you can’t make up your own mind.
     
  18. filtersweep

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    A seven hour drive. I’ll pass- probably, unless I go there for work. We have an office there.

    I don’t trust photos. I saw a local guitar listed- with many beautiful close-up photos- owner was a photo hobbiest. Photos were incredible. In person, the guitar was not so beautiful, and the frets totally wavy. Unless you go out of your way to highlight problems, fret wear is difficult to photograph.
     
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    I say it in every ad. I have no idea what it means, honestly.

    Content.
     
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    Been leveled once
     

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