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Quoted $150 by a local luthier for a complete fret job

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by itskohler, Jan 18, 2021.

  1. itskohler

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    Does that sound too cheap? With stainless frets, no less. I've never had the frets replaced and have no idea what I should be expecting, but I thought it'd be more than that.
     
  2. Greenmachine

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    That's a $400 CAD job around here.
     
  3. EsquireOK

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    Yes, that does seem cheap. My fret job guy is about the best there is in L.A., and well established and well reputed for decades. He charges only about $200 (with standard fret wire), and that seems incredibly cheap to me.

    Ask for examples of the guy's work. A bad fret job can ruin a guitar.
     
  4. StevesBoogie

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    SS fret jobs in NC are between $400 and $500. I got my Tele refretted with SS over the summer and it cost me $450. The $150 seems awfully low.
     
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    It does sound job. But a bargain if he does do a good job. Is he a full time luthier or just a hobbyist?
     
  6. That Cal Webway

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    How experienced is this person??
     
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    He's full time.
    The shop he runs is established, and he primarily works on violins.
     
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    That’s cheap.
    Hope it’s good.
     
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    250€ for nickel frets here and sometimes they screw it badly.
     
  10. Peegoo

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    The going rate around here is usually around $15-$20 per fret for stainless.

    Get a full writeup on the work to be performed. It should include fret install, level, polish, and a setup with nut work and a new set of strings. Also ask about a warranty on the work.
     
  11. stormin1155

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    Yes, that's cheap. But fret wire is $20 or so, and it's about a four hour job, so, depending on his overhead costs....
     
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    Last full fret replacement cost me about $200, but that was 9 years ago. I recently found a local tech guy that does really nice work for pretty cheap. On one guitar, he did a level and re-crown, heat-bent the wobble out of the neck, and shimmed the neck, plus setup and restring, for $130 or so. Good luck with your re-fret, there's nothing like having a favorite, but worn out neck freshly fretted, is there?
     
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    I'd see if he has any previous work around his shop he can show you. If things feel strange or too good to be true, they are.
     
  14. That Cal Webway

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    A good violin worker is very skilled

    Violins don't have frets tho.


    I would ask him how many guitars he has refretted and the process he uses.
    Etc.

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  15. kLyon

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    $200? Who is it?)
     
  16. EsquireOK

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    Actually, just checked his site, and it went up to $215 for standard frets without binding (and $15 more if there is binding). I think it used to be $200 and $215, for a long, long time...or maybe it was $195 and $210.

    I'll PM you his Website link.
     
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    I think I’d charge $100-$150 for a full level, crown, and polish. I’m very good, but it’s not “my job”. Mostly I only do my own guitars. I’ve never attempted replacing frets. I wanna say around these parts that would be $200-$250. That’s if there’s no fretboard re-finishing involved.
     
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    Depending on the reputation of luthier and his work load can make it lofty in price. However, I wouldn't scrimp when it comes to fretwork. It is the one thing that I leave to professionals that I won't tackle myself. A bad job can ruin the instrument. A good job can enhance it's value to you as a musician.
     
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    A lot of good points broached above.

    $150 sounds very cheap, but I paid $350 to have my prized guitar returned with heavy scratches, a string that gets caught under the 5th fret, and stainless steel frets that wore like solder, not stainless steel.

    $150? Maybe that it is a pandemic discount price and he's hungry for work?
     
  20. El Marin

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    Sounds FINE

    I am being charged the same here in Spain

    The world is going to the s*hit. Somebody finds a good deal, a job fairly prized and people are scared and don't trust the worker...

    As the OP says, is a reputated luthier, so, go for it!!
     
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