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Any thoughts on refretting a Modern Player Jaguar?

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:05 pm    Post subject: Any thoughts on refretting a Modern Player Jaguar? Reply with quote

The one I have was a gift and I play it a ton, but it's got a ton of dead spots and the last time I took it for a setup I was told I'm looking at a refret.

The guy said $10 for standard (I guess nickel) or $20 for stainless steel.

I'm slow to put $240 worth of frets into a affordable guitar.

I'm really just a bedroom player. Would stainless steel be overkill?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure I should be saying this on a public forum, but how far do you trust the guy who told you you need a refret? Last time I thought I needed a refret the guitar store guy said "no, it just needs a fret dress", and he was right.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Find a used but not hammered neck on eBay?

I've had the same (used) neck on a guitar for some 15 years, how in the hell are you killing frets at that rate?

I'd also likely get a second opinion; maybe a fret-level and/or crowning is a more affordable option.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This sounds like someone lying or someone who doesn't know what they're talking about. Don't let either of these people refret your neck!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NickS wrote:
Not sure I should be saying this on a public forum, but how far do you trust the guy who told you you need a refret? Last time I thought I needed a refret the guitar store guy said "no, it just needs a fret dress", and he was right.


Hmm, y'know that's actually a good question, I might have to go get a second opinion before I do anything.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only guitars I've owned that actually needed the frets replaced have been 45-50 years old. Agree with the others that it likely just needs a fret dress.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I’ve never had to have a guitar refretted including my basses that I toured for years. Fret dressing yes but never a refret. This includes my very used and abused Tele that I bought new in 1980.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a bass though - you only need to change the strings once a decade.

To illustrate how infrequently guitars need refretting, Brian May's Red Special, that he has been playing for 50 years, and on countless tours, has apparently never had (or needed) a refret.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha you guys are giving me way more to think about than I expected.

I can only assume the issue, if it truly needs a refret, is someone did a bad job previously and made them too short, or some other mishap.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NickD wrote:
It's a bass though - you only need to change the strings once a decade.


it was the 90's we thought you had to change them every 3 shows and I used Rotosound fret-eaters for a number of years.

now I have half-rounds that are older than my kids.
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