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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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refret on Jem7Vwh

Anyone here ever have their jem (with vine inlay) refretted? I had a quick conversation with a "popular" repair shop that specializes in stainless frets many states away from me about going stainless when, in the future, I refret my jems. He basically said that a customer should expect some damage to the vine inlay during a refret with inlays like that, and also asked that I send detailed pictures of the neck beforehand to see if it could even be refretted (something about Ibanez boards too thin to refret). What do you make of this advice? Anyone here have their jems successfully refretted with the vine intact? Or should I keep my jems in the closet to avoid fret wear?
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Re: refret on Jem7Vwh

I guess nobody else is going to respond...........

Don't call this "Professional" again............ He's either afraid of the vine because of a lack of skills, or doesn't want to put the time into doing the job properly.

There are PLENTY of tool out there to minimize fretboard/inlay damage. A skilled professional will have no problems doing your frets, There will always be a little "chip out" when re-fretting. A professional expects this on every fret job and repairs accordingly.
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Re: refret on Jem7Vwh

How many times has Vai had his vine necks refretted? Probably more than anyone.
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Re: refret on Jem7Vwh

Thanks for the replies, guys. I made contact with Elliot at the famous Dan Erlewine's repair shop, and he made it sound like it would be no problem. So, back to playing the hell out of all of my favorite guitars without thinking wearing the frets down will be the end of the guitar. Crazy, I know, but I've never had a refret before as I've never kept guitars long enough. But, my Ibanez guitars are keepers..........these necks suit my hands and playing style like nothing I've ever played. And , I want to play them, obviously. Oh, that other guitar shop kept talking about "Fender" easy to refret, blah, blah, blah. For every Fender I can refret , I'll show you a guitar I can't -----that's what he was saying.
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Re: refret on Jem7Vwh

Admittedly the inlay isn't as complex, but I had my UV7PWH refretted locally (Mauradian Guitars) with absolutely no issues.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-13-2013, 02:40 AM
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Re: refret on Jem7Vwh

Depends on who's re-fretting your guitar, always do your research. I use Arlington Fret Works and have had outstanding results with partial/complete re-fretting done on two of my UV's. Obviously, I used the same fret specs, and you could never tell by the feel. Besides, re-fretting is apart of guitar playing unless you are collecting to start a museum. Stevie Ray Vaughan had his guitar re-fretted countless times.

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