#1
I have a heart vs. wallet/brain dilemma. Let me explain.

I own an early eighties Sigma DR-28H acoustic. It was purchased for me 12 years ago, at which point it had already undergone some fairly major repairs (replaced bracing, new bridge, neck reset, and so on). Let's just say it wasn't a real pricey instrument.

The problem is, I've played it to with in an inch of death. Strain cracks are showing where the neck meets the neck block, the neck is beginning to pull away, there is a sizable crack in the top, and countless big dings and bare spots. Even with the scars, it still manages to ring better than many newer, supposedly nicer and much more expensive guitars. The action is perfect and I have never found an acoustic with better intonation... ever. Not bad for a Taiwanese beater.

The serious issue is that my frets are toast. Completely. Frets 1-5 are basically non-existent and the uppers are not much better. A full refret would probably run about $200, which is far more than the monetary value of the instrument.

I have other expensive and nicer sounding guitars to play, but none have half the mojo. Would you pony up the cash to possibly only get another year or so out of a beater guitar before it implodes? Should I just retire it and make a wall decoration? Have you ever been in a similar situation? Help me, oh wise UG.

Thanks,
Bryan
#3
I would probably put it to rest. It sounds like it's done its job well for the last 12 years. Give it a nice retirement.
#4
I'd say you learn how to do your own refret job. It's worth the experience.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#5
+1^^ bingo you have the perfect guitar to learn how to make repairs on if you mess up you were going to buy a new one anyway. thats really good advice if you have even the slightest intrest in learning to repair your insturments.
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+1^^ bingo you have the perfect guitar to learn how to make repairs on if you mess up you were going to buy a new one anyway. thats really good advice if you have even the slightest intrest in learning to repair your insturments.


I like the sound of that. Thanks for the idea. I knew UG wouldn't fail me!
#7
If the guitar truly means alot to you, sometimes it's worth putting a bit of money into it.
Guitars:
'11 Gibson Buckethead LP
'97 Fender Cali Series Strat
?? Samick Bass
'01 Fernandes Dragonfly Elite
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I like the sound of that. Thanks for the idea. I knew UG wouldn't fail me!



then make sure you thank chad it was his advice i was just agreeing and good luck with your baby.
#9
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then make sure you thank chad it was his advice i was just agreeing and good luck with your baby.

Thanks. Keeping with the wisdom I've somehow been bestowing recently (amazing how quitting drinking and drugs will do that), a few pieces of advice: go slow, measure twice, study.
Sincerely, Chad.
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Thanks. Keeping with the wisdom I've somehow been bestowing recently (amazing how quitting drinking and drugs will do that), a few pieces of advice: go slow, measure twice, study.


No worries. I'll ultra careful with my baby. Thanks for the advice!