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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-04-2002, 02:52 AM Thread Starter
 
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fretwork or new axe?

basically, the fret wires (i don't know if there's a tech term for them) on my guitar neck are really worn down from LOTS and LOTS of playing. is it worth the $$$ and time to get them worked on / replaced, or would i be better off spending the money on a new guitar / ibanez? 8- )

thanks in advance,
-leon
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-04-2002, 07:52 AM
 
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I would say it depends on a few factors, like how much money you have invested in your guitar, how much you like that particular guitar, and whether you'd be selling it.

If it's not an expensive guitar, spending $150+ on a refret might not be worth it, unless you're really attached to it and can't part with it. If you're thinking of selling it, the resale value will be considerably lower with severe fretwear.
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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-05-2002, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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if i ever had to sell everything i owned, my guitar would seriously be the last thing i'd part with. in other words, i'll probably never sell it... 8- )

it plays pretty good, has a good sound (at least i think so), but mostly has sentimental value. that's why i'm worried about sending it out to get worked on. i'd shoot myself if anything happened to it.

so, i'm basically on the fence about working on it, or just maybe putting lighter strings on it, and getting a newer guitar to do most of my playing on.

selling that guitar would be like selling an apendage. its a part of me.

-leon
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-05-2002, 04:05 PM
 
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I was in the same boat, but if you send it to someone who has a good reputation and can do the job right, its like falling in love all over again, you have your baby back in like new condition and you can enjoy her for another 5-10 years. I say refret !

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-05-2002, 05:50 PM
 
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I would suggest a refret, heck, I'd even suggest a place that could do it for you!!!!
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-05-2002, 08:18 PM
 
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If he refrets like he inlays, I'd vote for Jeremy...
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-07-2002, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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hmm... i'll give that some thought

i'll see what i can do about getting some pics of the worn frets on here soon.

-leon
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-08-2002, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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http://wildealien.tripod.com/guitar/vomag.htm

i think that's all. if i find anything else that looks erie, i'll post. i haven't even considered looking at the electronics for fear that the instant i look at the mess i'm sure i'd find, it would stop working

-leon
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-10-2002, 11:29 AM
 
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Hehehehehe... you should see what my other guitar looked like before I had it crowned and before I had at it with an industrial sander and a can of paint! LOL!
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-12-2002, 04:53 AM
 
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On a more serious note, I'd say new axe if you can get away with it (i.e. no significant other). Refrets can be done at any time, but badass axes only come around once in a new moon, depending...

Saying that, I'm going to have to explain to my significant other why I sent my guitar neck all the way to a certain somebody in Canada for a "refret"...
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Saying that, I'm going to have to explain to my significant other why I sent my guitar neck all the way to a certain somebody in Canada for a "refret"...
Just wait'll it comes back. When my wife saw Jeremy's inlays she said, "oh, wow...that was worth it!".
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post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-15-2002, 06:16 AM
 
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Jester - was there sarcasm in that post? I can't do this internet emotions thing...
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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-15-2002, 08:50 AM
 
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Jester - was there sarcasm in that post? I can't do this internet emotions thing...
No, there wasn't. He did a great job and my wife thought it looked awesome (she's right).

Soon I'll have a pic up at:
http://www.kicksandstix.com/auctions/neck1.jpg
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