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How Much Should A Refret Cost?

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

  1. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
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    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    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.
     
  2. dented

    dented Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 17, 2006
    Back at the Beach
    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.
     
  3. octatonic

    octatonic Poster Extraordinaire

    Here in the UK it is £300-£350.
     
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  5. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied

    Mar 2, 2003
    Bakersfield Ca.
    $15 a fret is a common price in the USA.

    21 frets $315
     
  6. morroben

    morroben Friend of Leo's

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    Jun 25, 2006
    Morro Bay, Ca
    +1 That's what I charge.
     
  7. Rhomco

    Rhomco Friend of Leo's

    Oct 8, 2004
    DFW, Texas
    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.
     
  8. emu!

    emu! Poster Extraordinaire

  9. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied

    Mar 2, 2003
    Bakersfield Ca.
  10. Boubou

    Boubou Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 30, 2005
    Montreal, Quebec
    I paid $300 Can. for my Classic Vibe 60's strat.
    "scratches head"
     
  11. octatonic

    octatonic Poster Extraordinaire

  12. Joe-Bob

    Joe-Bob Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 6, 2004
    Dallas, Texas
  13. BentheMighty

    BentheMighty Tele-Meister

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    Jan 10, 2010
    San Antonio
    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?
     
  14. octatonic

    octatonic Poster Extraordinaire

    Yes, a bit more expensive.
    You usually have to refinish the maple board once you're done.
     
  15. Nash

    Nash Tele-Holic

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    Mar 8, 2009
    Fullerton, CA
    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.
     
  16. octatonic

    octatonic Poster Extraordinaire

    Rosewood doesn't chip that much really.
    Ebony does tend to though.
     
  17. dented

    dented Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 17, 2006
    Back at the Beach
    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.
     
  18. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
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    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    Great information, thank you all for your replies.
     
  19. Tarnisher

    Tarnisher Friend of Leo's

    Apr 12, 2008
    Brooklyn
    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.
     
  20. AJ Ray

    AJ Ray TDPRI Member

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    Dec 25, 2012
    dundee
    can two or three frets be replaced if those are the ones with wear or do thay all need to be done?
     
  21. tele salivas

    tele salivas Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 5, 2008
    Tulsa
    I've had just a few frets replaced and dressed.
     
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