Originally Posted by happy_dude2341
my guitar has some fret wear on the first 3 frets and i wan't to get it fixed, so how much should this run me? i don't want to pay too much.
thanks in advance
So, according to doster it should run about $52.50 (2.50x21)?
The problem with wear on the first 3 frets is that you either have to replace the frets (if the wear is excessive and the other frets are good) or if the wear is minimal you need to have the other frets leveled to match the height of the first three frets and then dress them all. The nut slots would probably have to be cut a tiny bit deeper too unless you want higher action.
That means to do it "right" it can actually be a pretty extensive job since you have to level every fret, dress them, and then polish them out. If it's a maple fretboard you have to mask it off so as to avoid any scratches with the file or sandpaper. The person doing it also needs to have specialized tools (files, polish, sandpaper, radiused sanding block, etc) which all cost money, the skills to do it without screwing up your guitar, and a place to do business.
In other words it typically isn't "cheap" to get it done.
I live in the same neck of the woods as you (Portland) and the last time I took my guitar in for a fret level / setup at the 12th fret, I think it ran about $110. Keep in mind that it was on a NEW neck and guitar with the nut fitted with slots cut so the leveling and other work was very minimal.
At that point I said 'screw-it' and bought my own tools to do it myself...and I've never looked back. There's plenty of info online (and on this forum) about how to do a fret level and it really isn't THAT difficult if your fretwear isn't too bad.
Paying "too much" all depends on your level of skill (if you can DIY then taking it anywhere costs too much), the value of your guitar (a $100 fret level on a $50 guitar probably isn't a wise investment), and your income (if you've got money to burn send it somewhere that has a PLEK
for the ultimate in setups).