How much a refretting changes the worth of a 73 Tele

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by coltrane58, Oct 6, 2021.

  1. Timbresmith1

    Timbresmith1 Tele-Afflicted

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    If there are divots that can’t be leveled-out, it’s refret time. Unless it’s somebody else’s divot on the 1st fret from playing the g# on an E maj chord and you never play in E maj.
     
  2. StoneH

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    I recently had my '69 Strat appraised. I thought I had a good idea of what it was worth, but I was off $3,000. Gruhn Guitars is world renowned and will turn a straight forward appraisal around in about 48 hours ($75). https://guitars.com/
     
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  3. Gardo

    Gardo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I would be a lot more interested in a regretted guitar than in one in need of a refret
     
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  4. Killing Floor

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    If the work is professional quality it will only increase the value. Won’t decrease. Nobody wants a vintage guitar that isn’t playable even if they are just a collector because playability affects cost.

    I assume you don’t have the original strings haha. Get it done by a pro.
     
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  5. Telenator

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    We're talking a 73 Tele here. A re-fret isn't going to change the value. Anyone who claims it does is only trying to beat the price down further. Beside, 73 Teles just aren't worth that much that it matters in the first place. If it were a 72, it might be a little different.
     
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    I think it's time to bite the bullet and make it back into a guitar you feel like picking up and playing. They're just frets after all...
     
  7. carpenter

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    My 73 came with a 72 neck. I sent for a fender replacement neck. Rosewood USA 600.00 Bolted it on, took the original put it in the box and put it away.
     
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    I'm so glad you asked this question... My 76 needs frets bad. Lots of good feedback here so yes, I'm taking the plunge! I'll never sell it so I don't know why I put it off for so long.
     
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    I wouldn't re-fret this guy, a quality fret dressing will give you plenty of life before at least 2 additional dresses. Before re-fretting.
     
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  10. pippoman

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    I wouldn’t think it would diminish the value at all, at least it wouldn’t for me. I’m fairly hard on steel frets and love the feel of a fresh re-fret as long as the tech or luthier knows what he’s doing. Not all re-frets are equal. I had a 95 Strat Plus re-fretted with jumbo stainless frets a year or so ago and it’s easily the best playing Strat I’ve ever owned; even compared to my Suhr Classic (actually, I sold the Suhr and I do miss it). It cost me about $400+ including a great setup and to and fro shipping, but it was money well spent. I’ve played it a lot and it shows zero wear, so I’m going SS on everything moving forward. Aperio in Atlanta did my fret job.
     
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    No offense to the op, but I was thinking the same thing. On a pre-65 the frets would have to be completely worn out for me to have a re-fret done, but if it needed it and I was actually gonna play it vs. put it on display, it would get the attention it deserved. I would re-fret. It’s called maintenance.

    Btw, I’m not a collector. So, for a 70s and up Tele, a re-fret would be a no brainer if it needed one.
     
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  12. magicfingers99

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    I had a DALI, could never keep it in tune. I just used around the campfire, where everybody was drunk anyhow.
    looked real pretty and long as you played soft nobody noticed the drifitng, finally glued a couple dowel rods on the neck and bridge and changed it into a slide guitar. still looks real purdy though..
     
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    Refretting a guitar is like putting good tires on a car.
    You just gotta have em’ if you’re going to use it.
    I’d just make sure your repairman/luthier has a good reputation for good work.
     
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  14. El Tele Lobo

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    If you're doing stainless, I'd go with period correct. I have a neck with stainless wire that is 7.25"-9.5" compound with vintage 6230 wire and it plays beautifully.
     
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    I think the real question here is how do ****ty frets affect your playing. If you bought it just to mark it up and sell it again, leave it like it is. If you actually want to play it and enjoy it for the instrument as it is, it's has to have proper frets, hopefully bigger than the ones it came with, otherwise regular playing will have you shoveling out another $500+ before long.
     
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    Road trip!
     
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    You mean, compared to having the original frets, worn down, with divots?
     
  18. moosie

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    Nasty. But regarding the pale new finish, why not add a few drops of tint?
     
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  19. stepvan

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    Do you like fender?
     
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    When it come to re-rets, I say take it to the best you can find. It is a skill set unto it's own and shouldn't be done on the cheap. It's a worthwhile investment. As far as a vintage guitar with worn frets, I never worry about it's collectors value. Any guitar that doesn't play well due to worn frets is just another piece of **** to me regardless of what some collector thinks of it's monetary value. First and foremost it is an instrument to perform music, not something to adorn your walls with.
     
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