#1
hey UG, world is a little happier today

i've had my strat-style Cort HBS-II refretted with Dunlop 6100 wire... and. it was like: "f.ck! is it the same guitar?"

bending is pure orgasm. no fret-outs, no effort, no accidental muting with your own bending finger, nothing. just concentrating on dynamics, vibrato and other things which make a glorious bend glorious. I believe the main thing here is how wide frets are, not the height. Also, they have much much smoother slicker feel. Easier sliding for sure. Trills, I can do them!

the tone. THE tone. round and full bodied. it has pianoesque qualities to it. sustain improved, but that's not the deal - the whole tone changed. not that woody now, it's become overly smooth and hm... it's like comparing hendrix or SRV tone to Gilmour.
actually I was really sceptical about tone improvement but it's not a placebo thing for sure

If you are wondering, the frets I had replaced were the small vintage stuff

Now you can congratulate me!
Originally Posted by Twist of fate
I thought the "clean" button was to clean out the inside of the amp automatically, so I never pressed it.


Originally Posted by DjBrandenburg
pedals are stupid
Last edited by Regensgeliebte at Dec 29, 2009,
#2
awesome... im glad you enjoy your new fretwire
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#4
I knew that, like everything, Fret wire will alter your tone, playability however I didn't know it could have such an impressive effect. Re-fretting is usually one of the last things a guitar modder decides to change, reading this has definately bumped it up on my list.
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#5
The best thing you can do to a guitar is play it!

But congrats, it is underestimated what wonders a refret can do to an instrument, well a much needed refret anyway! We dont want a load of "What fretwire shall i use?" threads popping up.
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#7
sounds like who ever did it knew what they were doing, i wont refret guitars, im not good at it, and its hard to practice on guitars you love and dont want to ruin, but congrats with better tone comes better rocking
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#8
Wait, you couldn't do trills before switching to jumbo frets? You need practice, not fretwork.
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#9
thats lame... stop trying to put fancy mods on guitar and just play the damn thing
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Ok can we stop sucking this dudes dick and deal with my question?
#10
Wait, you couldn't do trills before switching to jumbo frets? You need practice, not fretwork.

I could, but now it's much easier. They sound like they should. Or is it just two weeks playing acoustic guitar strung with .12s made me a better player? I think both.

how much did that cost you to get done?

I don't think you can really compare prices here and in the USA
Refret + Bone nut cost me $90, but think how drastically level of income in Ukraine and USA differs

thats lame... stop trying to put fancy mods on guitar and just play the damn thing

yes sir, NOW I am going to play it day and night
you should always look fot the best in-between. Some mods some playing, they can't live without each other
Originally Posted by Twist of fate
I thought the "clean" button was to clean out the inside of the amp automatically, so I never pressed it.


Originally Posted by DjBrandenburg
pedals are stupid
Last edited by Regensgeliebte at Dec 29, 2009,
#11
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The first quote in your sig was more interesting than the whole fret-thing story.
But ok, since you asked for it...gratz mate


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#12
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#13
FWIW, what you are experiencing is mainly due to quality fret work; not so much the fret size.

Good fretwork is paramount to a good playing guitar and why I learned to do it myself. You can make even the cheapest guitar play like a dream if you know how to do fretwork.
#14
The first quote in your sig was more interesting than the whole fret-thing story.

neither is your post interesting, nor is your sig
I posted it not to tell how awesome I feel, but to tell all those guys unsure about doing proper service to their instrument instead of say... pickup swap
Originally Posted by Twist of fate
I thought the "clean" button was to clean out the inside of the amp automatically, so I never pressed it.


Originally Posted by DjBrandenburg
pedals are stupid
#15
Quote by Regensgeliebte
neither is your post interesting, nor is your sig
I posted it not to tell how awesome I feel, but to tell all those guys unsure about doing proper service to their instrument instead of say... pickup swap


In most cases a pickup swap will do more for the sound of an instrument than a refret, and to be honest in most cases a refret isnt necessary, especially on newish instruments. A good setup with a fret dressing thrown in will do just as well, with newer instruments refretting is just throwing money away.

On older instruments a refret can bring an instrument back to life.

So do not dispense advice without knowing fully the circumstances, because if someone buys a new guitar and then refrets it, it will just be an epic waste of time
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#16
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So do not dispense advice without knowing fully the circumstances, because if someone buys a new guitar and then refrets it, it will just be an epic waste of time

+3,14159
Waste of time AND money.

That said, congrats on your new fretwork
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#17
Quote by Talentless
In most cases a pickup swap will do more for the sound of an instrument than a refret, and to be honest in most cases a refret isnt necessary, especially on newish instruments. A good setup with a fret dressing thrown in will do just as well, with newer instruments refretting is just throwing money away.

On older instruments a refret can bring an instrument back to life.

So do not dispense advice without knowing fully the circumstances, because if someone buys a new guitar and then refrets it, it will just be an epic waste of time

I agree. Though, if after a few years go ahead.
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#18
Quote by Regensgeliebte
I could, but now it's much easier. They sound like they should. Or is it just two weeks playing acoustic guitar strung with .12s made me a better player?


this.

The benefits of practicing on an acoustic with heavier strings and high(er) action are considerable.

(another month on the acoustic and you could probably have save your money on the fret job)