Hi, I was hoping to get some input from the knowledgeable folks here on refretting my 1976 Strat. I've owned it since 1985 and it was my only electric for almost 20 years. I've pretty much played the frets off of it (12th fret at the high E string measures .012" high). It's currently set up for slide. I guess my options would be: a) Leave it as is, set up for slide. b) Re-neck it with a '70's style neck with SS frets. I'd much prefer to keep the original neck--sentimental attachment. c) Send it to Aperio (or someone comparable) for a stainless refret. I don't really know/have a luthier. Which brings me to my fourth option: do a stainless refret myself. I've got most of the basic tools (press, fret hammer, soldering iron, fret pullers), but I'd need to buy a heavy-duty set of nippers and probably a few files. I'm retiring at the end of this week, so I should have plenty of time to work on it (and also less money to send it to Aperio, for example ). My biggest concern is that according to some Youtube videos I've watched, Fender was putting the frets in from the side at the time, which would lead to more tear-out if pulled from the top. She's a very beat up old girl, so nothing I do would have to be too pristine, but I was just wondering if pulling the frets from the top would be possible or an absolute "no." I'm not sure that in some spots there's enough fret left to tap them out from the side. If you have experience with this, I'd love to hear your opinions. Thanks in advance!