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Post by Guest on Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:44 am

I have a Concord III that has amazing tone, really soiunds like a vintage strat. Problem is the frets are ruined, and with it having a maple neck and fingerboard it'll probably cost about £250 to get it refretted. I'm in two minds as to whether to do it or not, would like some opinions either way.
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Post by corsair on Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:04 am

If you have patience and a little skill with handtools you can do it yourself; there are plenty of tutorials on the web and in print that show you how to do it! The trick is to take it really slowly if you've not done it before, and take no short cuts!
As to whether it's worth getting it done by a pro, well... how much do you like the guitar? The price you're quoting would seem a little high but even so, you'll have a favoured instrument back and eminently playable for years to come!!

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Post by Guest on Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:49 am

I could try DIY but the  combination of hand tremors and a maple fingerboard isn't promising. It's not just replacing the frets, the whole fingerboard will need refinished.
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Post by Barry on Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:05 pm

When you say the frets are ruined, what exactly do you mean?

If you are referring to divots (dents) across the frets, these are caused by string abrasion from playing.
That's common wear and tear and can easily be remedied by levelling followed by re-crowning with the proper file. Any guitar tech should be able to perform that for you at reasonable cost if you're not up to tackling it yourself.

If the frets have already been leveled several times they may be too low to dress and then a re-fret would be in order.

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Post by Guest on Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:08 pm

They're so far gone if I took them any lower it'd be a fretless
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Post by Barry on Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:13 pm

If the frets have already been leveled several times then yes, they may be too low to dress and then a re-fret would be in order.

Refinishing a Maple fret board is fairly easy, mostly a matter of a rub down with Naptha to remove dirt and a light sanding to remove the old finish. Then it's your choice of sealer, usually something like Tung oil, or even a Urethane type finish.

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Post by Barry on Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:19 pm

If you play with a heavy grip, as you appear to, when you change the frets perhaps something harder would be in order, stainless steel perhaps? More expensive but should stand up longer.

Just another consideration.

A re-fret job over here would run somewhere around CAN$300-350 and should include levelling polishing etc. YOU could manage the wood refinish yourself, it ain't Rocket Science eh? Wink

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Post by Guest on Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:28 pm

Thanks,may try DIY, after all I've got nothing to lose by trying it myself
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