Almost every guitar I currently own fell into this category. I know enough about guitars to be able to see past bad frets to know if it’s a good one. I love putting new frets in a used guitar! It’s like giving myself a new customized guitar. If the guitar is priced appropriately then it’s a non-issue.I'm just curious how many people would buy a guitar they otherwise like that needs a fret dress and crown etc, possibly even a full refret, and would you pay decent money for it? Would you subtract just the amount needed to get the fretwork done, or would you want a massive reduction on the selling price?
Yes, I agree. Worn frets are to be expected on a used guitar. Depending on how badly, if it's just a redress, I can do that myself. I might ask for $50 or so off. If it definitely needs a refret, a more active negotiation would go down. Depending on certain factors such as binding, etc., I would negotiate at least a partial cost of refret with nickel. Of course these days, I will only use SS but I would not make the seller cough up for that money.If you're factoring a stainless refret into the price then that's a considerable upgrade over part-worn nickel frets. Why should the seller cover that?
I did...bought this USA Hamer Special for $350. I could have gotten by with the frets, but I decided to go with gold fretwire to match the rest of the hardware. Had it Pleked and new pickups put in. It was fine the way it was, but I figured for a $350 investment I could do the upgrades I wanted and still have a good deal. And I was super familiar with USA Hamers, so I knew the bones were great. So for me it worked out, but if it was even $100 more I'd have passed on the deal because of the fret wear.I'm just curious how many people would buy a guitar they otherwise like that needs a fret dress and crown etc, possibly even a full refret, and would you pay decent money for it? Would you subtract just the amount needed to get the fretwork done, or would you want a massive reduction on the selling price?
That's a great guitar, that sustain-block makes a lot of difference. Seems to be in pretty good shape for it's age and having been played until the frets died. Congrats on a great find.I just did.
I don't know if many around here would call it "good money", but I always wanted an older Hamer and bought this 1980 Sunburst on Sunday night. The guitar is in great shape other than the frets being shot.
It has a style that I like, nice neck, weighs under 8 pounds, nice hot pickups. With a refret, it's still cost me less than almost any Les Paul that has binding on it.