My '73 Tele maple neck is in dire need of a re-fret. This particular year has a very heavily lacquered fretboard which makes it hard to find anyone willing to do a decent job that ends up anything like it's factory self. Some guys want to pull the frets out sideways, others want to remove all the lacquer and start over. I am a player, not a collector so I am open to any suggestions but I've always loved the feel this particular setup has. Your fingers glide up and down the neck. I replaced the neck with a rosewood fretboard Tele neck and couldn't stand the way it played or sounded. Yes, sounded. I had no idea the neck had that much to do with the actual tone of the guitar. Especially since the electronics and hardware are son of son of Frankenstein xxx and will make the purists cry to Leo's mommy. EMG active humbucks and Answer Wunderbar. It was my first real guitar. $449 with the case back in '73 at Amercan Music in The Dalles, Oregon. I worked all summer for $1.50 an hour and was the proudest kid anywhere when my folks gave me the ok to buy it. They had discussed the issue with their friends who were classical musicians and were told (correctly) that if I was serious about playing I should have an instrument that wouldn't hold me back like the no-name electric with the coins shimming the neck that I was gigging with. So..... replace or re-fret? with what? Does anyone make maple necks with that big lacquer buildup anyhere? How exactly did Fender finish those necks? They were only that way for a couple of years and most of the luthiers I've spoken with get that "Oh Crap" look on their face when I show it to them.