#1
I have had my Ibanez guitar for over 2 and a half years now and am seeing wear taking place one the frets. I play the guitar everyday and at least a few hours a day. How often do you recommend refretting?
#2
2 years is probably a good amount of time, some guys go longer but if you are seeing some wear in the frets and its starting to feel cruddy then have em done, a freshly fretted gtr feels great!
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#3
Uh... depends. Do you have any buzzing or dead notes? A fret can LOOK worn, but still function completely fine and until you start having problems, you don't need to fix anything. But if you are starting to experience problems with uneven frets, then you would get the frets dressed/leveled and crowned.

Refretting is typically considered when leveling is no longer an option (ie. the frets have become too low). I've seen complete refret jobs cost $300.
Quote by gerraguitar
2 years is probably a good amount of time, some guys go longer but if you are seeing some wear in the frets and its starting to feel cruddy then have em done, a freshly fretted gtr feels great!
2 years for a refret? I've had a guitar for 10 years that I have gotten the frets leveled twice and have yet to come anywhere close to needing a refret. Having "some wear" does not necessitate completely refretting a guitar.
Last edited by al112987 at Jan 15, 2012,
#5
Havent had any dead notes or buzzing yet. Just curious mostly. I felt it was getting close to being time.
#6
What you need is a fret crown/level/dress. Not a refret. A refret every 2 years would be ridiculous.
#7
Quote by WesCThomp
Havent had any dead notes or buzzing yet. Just curious mostly. I felt it was getting close to being time.
When frets wear, they will always look worse than they. When you start getting buzzing or dead notes that are due to uneven frets, then you will need to think about getting a leveling done, which will cost significantly less than a refret.
#8
Quote by Roc8995
What you need is a fret crown/level/dress. Not a refret. A refret every 2 years would be ridiculous.


This, I have a 24 year old Carvin with its original frets.
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#10
It's highly variable. About $100 typically, which is why you typically don't do it until you actually need to do it.
Last edited by al112987 at Jan 15, 2012,
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I paid 120 USD.
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#13
Three of my guitars are 10 plus years old and none of them have needed a refret. I would go with a fret dress and level and have them recrowned only if they needed it.
#14
One consideration to refret is if you want to change the size or upgrade to SS. I'm considering it myself for a couple of mine. 6100 SS frets feel nice!
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#15
My old Ibby is 30 years old and has been played heaps, for 10 years it was my gigging guitar exclusively. I thought the frets were beyond saving but before I replaced them I thought I'd just give it a fret dressing for shits and giggles. They came up beautifully and doesn't need a refret at all.
Refretting every 2 years? What are the frets made out of? Plasticine?
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#16
Quote by Roc8995
What you need is a fret crown/level/dress. Not a refret. A refret every 2 years would be ridiculous.


Tell that to Steve Morse.
#17
I'd hate to see the fretboard on a 30 year old guitar that had been refretted every 2 years. You'd be able to remove the frets mid-song.
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#18
fretless solo? give me 2 minutes.......ok let's do this!
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#19
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fretless solo? give me 2 minutes.......ok let's do this!

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#20
apply fast fret every time u play it will keep the frets from wearing down as fast
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