Recrown, refret or Replace?

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  1. WelshBluesMan

    WelshBluesMan Tele-Meister

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    I've putting this off for too long, and it's time to bite the bullet and get something done about the worn out frets on my Standard Tele.

    The question is, should I have the frets crowned, go for a full refret, or just buy a new neck? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?


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  2. tap4154

    tap4154 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Wow! That's some serious divotage, but very big frets. Hard to say is that could be recrowned from here.
     
  3. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Poster Extraordinaire

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    Is there room to even have a recrown? If so, go that route. Otherwise you can buy a new Fender neck for $200ish. A complete refret is gonna cost ya about that much.
     
  4. 8barlouie

    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Looks like there’s plenty of meat there for at least one more level and crown.
     
  5. Thin69

    Thin69 Friend of Leo's

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    Nope, no room for recrown. Refret!
     
  6. Guitaryellow

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    Refret with harder wire, find someone reputable and should be fine.
     
  7. boredguy6060

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    First, my hat is off to the OP, those frets show a lot of playing by someone who knows their way around a fretboard.
    Second, if you could level and crown those frets, they may be about half as high as you’re use to.
    If you like that neck, and all evidence would indicate you do, then a refret is most called for.
    Find a good tech and get it refretted, and you get to start over again fresh as a daisy.
     
  8. Brokenpick

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    How to you make divots like that?
    I've never seen such depth but narrow width.
    Mine are always much more shallow in profile and spread out wider with a gentler side-to-side tapering.
    I always figured the bending, and sideways wobbling did the carving.
    Do you capo a lot, or use super hard strings, or fret really really really hard??
     
  9. Blue Bill

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    If you love the neck, re-fret it. If you don't love it, find one you like better. Hard to tell from a top view, but I'm guessing there's not enough metal left for a re-crown. Remember, you need to grind everything down to the lowest point of the deepest ditch.

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  10. oldfish

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    if you love that neck get a refret I think you may be pushing it to get a recrown out of that
     
  11. Mr Ridesglide

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    Re-Fretting - I've had it done on a few guitars and it's always been a good experience. It will feel just like your guitar, broken in already etc... but with a way smoother energy!
     
  12. LGOberean

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    Yeah, Wow! How hard do you fret? And you said it's long overdue, so how long did it take to do that kind of wear and tear? My oldest tele I've had for 10 years come July, and I thought I was heavy-handed, but I don't have that kind of wear on mine. Granted, I've got 4 teles, and 10 guitars overall, so the wear and tear gets spread around. I had my go-to gigging acoustic/electric recrowned after playing something like 500 gigs. But I agree with others: refret.
     
  13. WelshBluesMan

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    I think a lot of it is down to playing rhythm parts around the first three frets, and a fair bit of capo work around the the third and fifth frets. Further up the wear is much gentler, more from lead playing. I've played this guitar almost every day since I bought it new 11 years ago.

    I should point out that the photo is about 2 years old, so it probably looks a bit worse now.
     
  14. schmee

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    Re fret for sure vs crowning. Unless you like Gibson Fretless wonder feel. :>)
    You dont mention what guitar year etc, but I would just buy a genuine new Fender neck which are $200 now. Hard to beat that.
     
  15. WelshBluesMan

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    Here's a better photo.
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  16. lammie200

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    Save the neck as a badge of honor. Change to a new neck with stainless steel frets.
     
  17. WelshBluesMan

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    The daft thing is... Fender only sell the MiM Standard Telecasters with maple boards, yet they only seem to do replacement necks with Pau Ferro. Why not just offer both as an option, whether buying a whole guitar or just the neck? They obviously make both.
     
  18. gkterry

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    A new neck is cheaper if you go the 'Fender licensed' route and can do the setup work needed. Stratosphere has Tele necks for around $120 & up. They will need tuners and a nut and likely some fret leveling.
     
  19. WelshBluesMan

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    It's a MiM Standard 2007 model.
     
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