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    This may sound weird but when should you get a guitar refretted? Are there sympoms that would lead someone to think they would?

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    You re-fret if:

    *You want different frets than the ones currently on your axe
    *You can no longer level and dress the frets to your functional liking
    *The current frets are corroded or damaged

    In all honesty I have never re-fretted a guitar. I've had many guitars have fret levels, but I've never played one guitar for so long the frets were beyond reconditioning (the lone exception being my very first electric guitar--an Ibanez Roadstar II--which sits dormant now anyhow).

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    ive only ever had 1 guitar re-fretted, and that was due to really soft piss poor original frets (thanks for that gibson) basically after 12 months of regular use (yes only a year) the original frets had grooves worn in them, which caused all sorts of problems (lots of buzzing and the sustain suffered due to the strings catching in the grooves when i bent a note) i took it to a guy that does a lot of tech work for me, when its not something i can tackle myself, i had all 24 frets replaced with stainless, which should never need replacing again, the whole job did cost a bit though £400 but well worth it.

    why, do you think yours may need doing?
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    i think you're supposed to do it when the tops of the frets get flattened out. also if there are indentations where the strings press on it.

    i have one guitar that needs it.

    however, i've never had it done. i think it's pretty damn expensive, like about as expensive as just buying a new neck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho5150 View Post
    why, do you think yours may need doing?
    My first guitar, a Kramer focus, buzzes alot on the low E. I played the living shit out of it since I was 13 or so and I picked it up the other day and the notes just seem "flat", no sustain or vibrance. The floyd has been setup professionally every year or so. I love the guitar, I'll die with it but my Pacer plays a ton better now so I use it. Just trying to eliminate suspect before I break the bank trying to get Bessie(her name) back to her glory days.

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    I have only had one guitar ever refretted, and actually it was my pink EBMM, I played the shit out of that guitar in the 90's. Other than that, never, but I've had a lot of frets on guitars dressed and leveled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuddman5150 View Post
    My first guitar, a Kramer focus, buzzes alot on the low E. I played the living shit out of it since I was 13 or so and I picked it up the other day and the notes just seem "flat", no sustain or vibrance. The floyd has been setup professionally every year or so. I love the guitar, I'll die with it but my Pacer plays a ton better now so I use it. Just trying to eliminate suspect before I break the bank trying to get Bessie(her name) back to her glory days.
    it could simply be one or two frets, if thats the case a full re-fret would be overkill, maybe a good leveling and dressing could cure the problem (also a whole lot cheaper) its also worth having the guitar checked over because it could also be any number of other factors (maybe a trussrod adjustment, action too low)
    the only reason i had my whole fretboard done was i knew that the soft frets would cause more problems down the road, so i eliminated the issue once and for all.
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    Your tech that set's up the Floyd yearly, should be able to offer some suggestions. Sometimes as stated above, a partial refret will often cure the buzzing and other issues associated with playing in the first position. After any refret/partial refret, a fret leveling should be done to ensure all the frets are level.

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