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How much does a refret affect value? (1958 Jazzmaster content)

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by bterry, May 17, 2011.

  1. bterry

    bterry Tele-Meister

    Jun 1, 2010
    Hey All,

    Here is my baby, a true 1958 Jazzmaster.



    The guitar is in very good shape, and the only non-original thing about it is a very well done fret job w/ vintage frets done by Lin and Gruhn Guitars.

    I'm wondering if I can get some opinions about how much a professionally done refret would affect the value of a vintage instrument like this?

    Appreciate your input!


  2. Wyzsard

    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

    I'd guess it won't hurt the value at all as long as the same fret size was used.

    Nice example, sunbursts rule !

  3. bterry

    bterry Tele-Meister

    Jun 1, 2010
    Yes, he used the vintage wire for the refret...that's my favorite!

  4. Rhubarb Red

    Rhubarb Red Tele-Meister

    Jun 14, 2007
    Hi BT

    I'd say it depends.

    If there's a professionally done fretjob, why should it affect the value of the guitar? O.k., with every refret the fretboard gets a little thinner, but OTOH it just shows that this guitar has been played, and that's what they're here for, isn't it?

    Fenders are easier to refret because of the lack of binding. Gibbos can be tricky to refret because of the binding, which extents to the base of the frets (called "nibs"). A perfect fretjob would also include a rebinding. If it's worth it, o.k.

    I had recent fretjob done on my 1967 Gibson Trini Lopez. I had the nibs just removed, new frets are over the binding.

    In this case maybe the value of the guitar is affected, I don't know. To me as a player certainly not, for a collector who just wants to look at his guitars or put them in a vault, maybe.



    PS: nice guitar, and nice amp, man!

  5. bterry

    bterry Tele-Meister

    Jun 1, 2010
    Hey, thanks!

    True about the's funny, these early slab boards have a huge amount of rosewood, it's thick as hell! Still has much more rosewood on the slab after the refret than my '61 slab board w/ original frets!

  6. sjwieczorkow

    sjwieczorkow Tele-Meister

    Jun 10, 2008
    ****, as far as I am concerned it should increase the value. I would love to play that guitar. Not look at it, but play it! Refinishes and hardware replacements are a different story.

  7. I would think it would be worth a lot more re-fretted than if you didn't if it was professionally done.........I highly doubt you will be selling it anyway :lol: nice guitar :cool:

  8. bterry

    bterry Tele-Meister

    Jun 1, 2010
    Yeah, no way I'm selling - just wondering about refrets and vintage instruments, mostly...I've always wondered if it affects the value the same way a refin or missing parts do.

  9. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    Bakersfield Ca.
    It wont decrease the value by much if its done so good it looks stock if there are any marks left behind that werent there then it will.

    As with anything vintage if you want to sell it just disclose its got replaced frets.

    Ads that always bug me say 100% original except frets tuners pots and pickups well then why even say 100% original? LOL

    Since your fretjob was done by a well known vintage shop and vintage guitar seller it wont loose much.

    A refin devalues it the most. Missing original parts makes it loose value too frets are abouyt the least thing thats gonna devalue it cause they have to be good to play it.

  10. bterry

    bterry Tele-Meister

    Jun 1, 2010
    Hey, thanks -

    Not one mark in the rosewood from the refret - just a perfect job and they must not have taken much off at all. I doubt you would even notice it was a refret after a few years of play wear, which there will be!

    I also dislike the 100% followed by the...

    Just say what it is!

  11. Urban

    Urban Tele-Meister

    Apr 2, 2011
    Don't refret 1958 Jazzmaster!! If it's 100% original, it won't be if you refret it. Buy new neck if you want to play it, then if you want sell it, you just put old neck back. That's my opinion.

  12. bterry

    bterry Tele-Meister

    Jun 1, 2010
    Hey, thanks Urban - but, to me, that's like saying don't put nice new tires on a '64 Jag - how the hell are you supposed to drive it if the tires are flat?

  13. Charcoal Burst

    Charcoal Burst Tele-Meister

    Mar 13, 2004

    Beautiful Jazzmaster!

  14. garymaddox

    garymaddox Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 25, 2009
    Foat Wuth, Texus
    Since Gruhn guitars did the refret, get a new value estimate from them. It used to be $10 for them to do a valuation, but it's been quite a few years since I have had one done.

  15. RubyRae

    RubyRae Friend of Leo's

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sweet guitar!!! I agree that refrets are essential to play. A new neck on that guitar would just not be the same, at all. Half the mojo is in that neck. With anything vintage and highly sought after make sure it is done by the best. You aren't selling it anyways, but even if you did you can get top dollar for it. I'm sure whoever is in charge of that re-fret will take very good care and do their best work.

  16. Old Cane

    Old Cane Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 7, 2007
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Yeah, sounds like a lot of folks aren't familiar with George. To some (including himself) the fact that he was actually in the same building with it made it increase in value. I think they were closer to $50 the last time I heard but that was just second hand I heard it. Could be a lot less and it really is worth it. I may say bad things about him from time to time but he really knows his stuff and I do respect his opinion.

    Refret on rosewood? I'd guess from $150-350. At Gruhn's probably on the higher end. Again, probably worth it because he is so respected in the vintage world.

  17. Buxton

    Buxton Tele-Meister

    Mar 12, 2011
    If done well, not at all - maybe even increase it

  18. fuzzworks

    fuzzworks Tele-Meister

    Jan 22, 2010
    Portland, Oregon
    Strings wear out, frets wear out, necks need to be reset (unless your guitar has a bolt-on neck like a tele, of course). New frets (using the same fret wire, of course) should only increase the value of any vintage guitar relative to the same guitar with worn-out frets. In the case of a completely unplayed pristine example it would negatively affect the value--but why would you be replacing the frets in that case?

  19. backsideslappy

    backsideslappy Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 21, 2010
    Agreed. If the guitar is anything less than museum quality, then a refret will have no effect on the value of the guitar if it is done well. Magnificent guitar BTW, some really nice Jazzmasters on TDPRI in the past few days.

  20. DOGMA Dunn

    DOGMA Dunn Friend of Leo's

    Mar 2, 2011
    I agree with what fuzzyworks says. Your gret guitar is not in mint condition, and a refret would possibly increase the value if you plan to sell it. If not you have a great vintage guitar that plays, sounds and feels great.

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