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What to do with old neck with worn frets?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by overlook1977, Jun 30, 2018.

  1. overlook1977

    overlook1977 Tele-Meister

    Sep 29, 2010
    Raleigh NC
    I have a 2010 American Strat maple neck that has some significant fret wear (frets worn flat in several areas and feel really low). I replaced the neck with a nice Warmoth one but I'm wondering what to do with this old neck. I understand keeping it could help with resale value of the guitar, but besides that would the old neck have much resale value? I have had guitar techs tell me they refuse to refret maple necks.
  2. eallen

    eallen Tele-Afflicted

    They must be to worn to relevel and recrown. If so, take it to a luthier or better tech. Nothing lost for someone to at least try.
  3. Tezuka27

    Tezuka27 Tele-Holic

    Apr 11, 2011
    Eastern Iowa
    Yes, have it re-fretted, and if you like it better than the Warmoth, then put it back on your guitar.

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  4. CK Dexter Haven

    CK Dexter Haven Friend of Leo's

    Jun 7, 2017
    I have seen them used as coat/key racks, (drill a hole thru the neck and & two 2" long 1/2 dowels to get "stand off" and attach it to the wall using long molly bolts. Place some hooks neatly into the fret board. I have also seen them used as door handles.

    I would probably keep it for resale, or sell it as a project for some one, I'm the type of person who would buy such a thing for $25 bolt it up to a cheep body and futz aground w/ the setup untill i got something playable.

    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    I've had maple necks re-fretted before. You may have to send it somewhere besides a local luthier. But, it can be done.

    I would keep the neck even if you don't have the fret work done. If you ever sell the guitar, someone else may choose to have it done.

    Kind of an expensive coat rack or door handle. Unless it's twisted or warped.
  6. Nick Fanis

    Nick Fanis Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 3, 2003
    Find a REAL tech and not the CLOWN who refused to refret your maple neck
  7. galaxiex

    galaxiex Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Give it to me. ;)
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  8. parademe

    parademe Tele-Meister

    Feb 7, 2013
    Berlin, Germany
    I have an old musicmaster bass neck (warped beyond repair) leaning on the wall next to the door of my apartment. Burglars and all, you know?
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  9. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
    Is this the same "tech" who, in another thread, said that Strats shouldn't have heavy strings?
    Where the f$%& are these clowns coming from?
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  10. schmee

    schmee Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2003
    Totally agree. Easy peasy refret.
  11. rich815

    rich815 Friend of Leo's

    Aug 22, 2016
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I researched this recently as I have a Strat partscaster with a maple Squier neck I’m looking to possibly replace. Cheapest used options either need a major redressing or complete re-fret jobs. You’re appears to be the latter. The refretting costs estimates I found ranged from $200-350 or more especially with someone with a plek machine, which was recommended. A decent used American neck costs about the same. I’d keep it to offer as part of your re-sell later. It won’t hurt and possible could add $50 or more to the price someone might pay which seems more than you could sell it for now.
  12. Antmax

    Antmax Tele-Meister

    Jun 14, 2018
    Brit in Sacramento
    Use it as a guinea pig and practice your guitar tech skills. If I had one I'd do it, I'd offer to buy yours if you sold it really cheap. The Japanese les paul I did took me about 3 days and cost me about $150 to do myself (most of that was for the fret end snippers, fret caul and cheap Chinese Drill press). You can buy the fret wire pre radiused from places like Philadelphia luthier tools for less than $15

    The Les Paul, I did it with super jumbo EVO wire which is between regular nickel silver and Stainless Steel in hardness. It took a long time because I was a bit nervous and timid on the fret ends lol. I reckon I spent about 6 hours with the bevel file filing them down flush with the neck when if I knew what I was doing I'd have cut them much closer and spent 60 - 90 mins.

    it's really not too hard. Would probably take me a day to do it properly now that I have done one. The EVO wire is harder so needs more work refretting, but the hardness means that the frets need less dress work as they are almost all level and don't dent or scratch easily when you insert them.

    I'd refret it and put it on a frankenstrat. If it comes out superb you can always switch it back on your old guitar.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2018
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  13. Blrfl

    Blrfl Tele-Meister

    May 3, 2018
    Northern Virginia
    Mick Jagger had a good suggestion in Bloom County: " 'Ave you ever snorted a fifth of Chivas through a guitar neck?"
  14. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK
    Get them levelled. I like low frets. Smooth and fast.
  15. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip

    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    If your axe handle used to be a guitar neck.

  17. galaxiex

    galaxiex Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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  18. Telecentric

    Telecentric Tele-Meister

    Nov 23, 2016
    Boulder Creek, Ca
    Get a cheap tele body from GFS and build a dedicated slide guitar.
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