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Old January 16th, 2010, 03:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How Much Should A Refret Cost?

How much does a refret cost in your neck of the woods? My guy typically charges $278, that's $200 for the refret, and $78 for a new nut and set up. Is this too much?

I imagine prices vary by region and the skill of the luthier, but I remember paying $175 to refret a guitar in New Haven CT back in the mid 90's, and that price included the cost of a new bone nut and the set up.

Have prices gone up that much? Or was I just getting a great deal then and now I'm not? Just curious to see what you guys are paying in your region.

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Old January 16th, 2010, 03:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have just been quoted 300.00 even for a refret on my Gibson Melody Maker. This is a by a luthier who I have gone to before and he has a nice shop in a recording studio and has been in business for 40+ years.
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Here in the UK it is 300-350.
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$15 a fret is a common price in the USA.

21 frets $315
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Old January 16th, 2010, 04:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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$15 a fret is a common price in the USA.

21 frets $315
+1 That's what I charge.
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Old January 16th, 2010, 04:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Woah there padna

You need to look up John at http://bigjohnsguitars.com He is just around the corner in Denton, Texas and does steller fret work and much more. I would not let anyone else do fretwork for me.
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$300.00 for a fret job. I think a new neck would be the way to go.

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$300.00 for a fret job. I think a new neck would be the way to go.

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Yep and for about $100 less that those Warnoths whuch are excelent you can get an unfinished Allparts neck $135
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$300.00 for a fret job. I think a new neck would be the way to go.

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Depends on the neck.
I have several guitars that I'd never part with and would happily pay $300 (or 300) for a refret.
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Cool info guys! Not to sound like an Amateur Andy, but is refretting a maple neck any more significantly costlier or harder than a rosewood fretboard?
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Cool info guys! Not to sound like an Amateur Andy, but is refretting a maple neck any more significantly costlier or harder than a rosewood fretboard?
Yes, a bit more expensive.
You usually have to refinish the maple board once you're done.
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Cool info guys! Not to sound like an Amateur Andy, but is refretting a maple neck any more significantly costlier or harder than a rosewood fretboard?
In my readings it is suggested that rosewood boards are harder because they often chip when removing the old frets, a problem not existent with maple. Although maple does sometimes need to be refinished after a refret because the finish may chip, it's unlikely but very possible.
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In my readings it is suggested that rosewood boards are harder because they often chip when removing the old frets, a problem not existent with maple. Although maple does sometimes need to be refinished after a refret because the finish may chip, it's unlikely but very possible.
Rosewood doesn't chip that much really.
Ebony does tend to though.
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On my rosewood board, the fret job includes a light sanding to the fretboard and he saves the dust to be mixed with epoxy(??) to fix any pits or chips. Then brings the fretboard back to its original look.
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Great information, thank you all for your replies.
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Old January 17th, 2010, 02:22 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I paid $300 five years ago in Portland, OR for my rosewood board Carvin with a set neck. I got it at a yardsale for $100, so it was totally worth it.
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can two or three frets be replaced if those are the ones with wear or do thay all need to be done?
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I've had just a few frets replaced and dressed.
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