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Refret VS Crowning

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    Refret VS Crowning

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    How do you know when it is time for a refret vs just getting the frets recrowned?
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    Depends how much fret wire you have left. A good tech should be able to tell you pretty easily. I find that your frets are pretty dead before the re-fret ... usually you just know.

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    I had to make the same decision on my (dare I say it?) Ibanez and I went with a refret. If you have a problem with your fingertips catching on the fretboard when you bend, it might be a good time to refret. If the frets are just getting worn down and flattened but still maintain some height, get them leveled and crowned.
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    Not catching the fingerboard. They seem to have good height but just flattened. I will take it to a tech. thanks for the replies.
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    So a level and crown involves kind of shaving the frets down?
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    Quote Originally Posted by the24thfret View Post
    So a level and crown involves kind of shaving the frets down?
    Yes. Filing them down so they're level with regards to one another, and dressing each fret properly.

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    Yep. Frets are leveled, then crowned. In other words, the frets are filed with a long straight file so they are all the same height, then given back their shape by rounding the tops back with a crowning file. Some old school luthiers can do it with just regular files too!

    My Al probably needs a refret. The frets are pretty worn down in the middle from tons of bends throughout the years. I wonder if the previous owners giged with this one?
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    IMO, if the nut starts getting too high after a few fret dress jobs, then it's time for a refret. In my view it isn't worth it lowering the nut to compensate for reduced fret height.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abraxas View Post
    IMO, if the nut starts getting too high after a few fret dress jobs, then it's time for a refret. In my view it isn't worth it lowering the nut to compensate for reduced fret height.
    Totally agree! That's something that some folks don't look at.
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    When it is time for a refret, I keep hearing about pleked necks. Is it worth it to have this done or just send it back to MM. There necks play so nice I can't see a need to have anything extra done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abraxas View Post
    IMO, if the nut starts getting too high after a few fret dress jobs, then it's time for a refret. In my view it isn't worth it lowering the nut to compensate for reduced fret height.
    Totally agree.
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    I had a nightmare getting my Luke setup but a top guitar Tech (close friend of spuds) finally got it sorted.
    That guitar had raised frets from the 12th up and he had to take a lot off them to get it to play buzz free but I have to say that when playing it know I don't notice the difference in the fret height.

    All I know is that compared to when I took it in it now feels really nice, well worth getting it done..
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