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How Much Should A Refret Cost?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by JayFreddy, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. JayFreddy

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    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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    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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    +1 That's what I charge.
     
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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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    I paid $300 Can. for my Classic Vibe 60's strat.
    "scratches head"
     
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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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    Yes, a bit more expensive.
    You usually have to refinish the maple board once you're done.
     
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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.
     
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    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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    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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