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Refretting a Japanese mustang copy

 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:07 am    Post subject: Refretting a Japanese mustang copy Reply with quote

I bought a Japanese red/white-comp mustang, a Thunder Super Sounds, about four months ago. I paid 8000 yen for it (80$) and it plays way better than my friend's Japanese Fender mustang.
A few days ago I found another Thunder Super Sounds mustang and since I love the first one I got this one as well. The problem is that the previous owner removed all the frets intending to refret it, but then got bored and sold it to me.

Here is my dilemma: do I give it to a proper guitar shop for refretting or do I try it myself? For the sake of being way less hassle the guitar shop sounds tempting, but at the same time I am leaning towards wanting to try it for myself. Worst case scenario is that I fuck it up and instead buy a new neck for the same price as the guitar shop would charge for the refretting.

Any opinions/suggestions?

I'll try to post picture once I get the guitar in the mail.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the neck is in good shape as it stands now, refretting should be fairly easy. It's just a matter of tapping the new frets into the slots. You may need a fret level afterwards, to get everything perfect.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Refretting a Japanese mustang copy Reply with quote

xHJYMx wrote:
I bought a Japanese red/white-comp mustang, a Thunder Super Sounds, about four months ago. I paid 8000 yen for it (80$) and it plays way better than my friend's Japanese Fender mustang.
A few days ago I found another Thunder Super Sounds mustang and since I love the first one I got this one as well. The problem is that the previous owner removed all the frets intending to refret it, but then got bored and sold it to me.

Here is my dilemma: do I give it to a proper guitar shop for refretting or do I try it myself? For the sake of being way less hassle the guitar shop sounds tempting, but at the same time I am leaning towards wanting to try it for myself. Worst case scenario is that I fuck it up and instead buy a new neck for the same price as the guitar shop would charge for the refretting.

Any opinions/suggestions?

I'll try to post picture once I get the guitar in the mail.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got the guitar today. The neck seems to be in an passable shape, any small pieces torn out in the fret-removal seems to be in areas that will be covered once the new frets are on. The fretboard is a bit worn by the first and third fret (previous owner seems to have loved his D and F), but not something that would affect playing.
Any recommendations on what fret wire to use? Any material that is preferred? That is to be avoided? Are ready cut a waste of money?



As for the general shape of the guitar there are good things and less good aspects of it.
I will need to buy a new tremolo and bridge (the old ones are rusted to shit). Its got quite a lot of dings on the back (and a big crack in the lacquer), but the paint in itself is gorgeous. It has apparently had some stickers on and you can compare the original color and how it has aged. The original looks like a slightly brighter Lake placid blue, whereas the aged parts are a greenish-dark blue metallic. The dings on the back suggest that the metallic sheen is a result of a silver primer with blue on top of it. The pictures don't do it justice.



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