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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-22-2011, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Is it time for a fret level or re-crown?

Well, I was just wondering how often you guys do a re-crown or go all out and do a whole fret level. I've had this guitar for about 3 years now and play it everyday, usually for at least 2 hours, maybe 6-7 at most. The frets are definitely looking worn. What's your take on them. It plays just fine, but I'm thinking the intonation can't be set right because of the wear.



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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-22-2011, 04:15 PM
 
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Re: Is it time for a fret level or re-crown?

as long as it doesnt buzz I dont care.

if it does buzz I raise the action,

if the action gets too high I dont play it and buy another guitar from ebay.


probably not right but thats how it works for me.
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It plays just fine, but I'm thinking the intonation can't be set right because of the wear.
I think you mean action ? Have you tried setting it lower ?
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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-22-2011, 05:18 PM
 
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Re: Is it time for a fret level or re-crown?

Definitely overdue for at least a dressing, if not you'll be replacing soon.
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post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-22-2011, 05:44 PM
 
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Re: Is it time for a fret level or re-crown?

I can't see any fret wear in those photos.
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if the action gets too high I dont play it and buy another guitar from ebay.
Dumbest thing I've ever heard.
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Dumbest thing I've ever heard.
+1!!!

I'd definitely be dressing them now. The worse they get, the faster they wear down.
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Re: Is it time for a fret level or re-crown?

Well, now I've got to find a good place to take it in Chicago. I saw this place called Third Coast, they look pretty legit. Thanks for all the input.

Also, I did mean intonation. The strings are being fretted a couple millimeters from the center of the fret now. I'm sure I'm probably just over thinking it. It is affecting my action and relief, though. I've had to add about .1 mm of relief and raised the action maybe .2 or .3 mm. I know it's not much, but it's enough to take the guitar out of the butter zone.
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Re: Is it time for a fret level or re-crown?

What do you guys think about this pricing?
http://www.thirdcoastguitar.com/pric...nd-fretboards/
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Re: Is it time for a fret level or re-crown?

Pricing scheme seems overly complicated to me, but a little high in some areas if I am deciphering that mess of a spreadsheet correctly.. More important is the quality of work done.
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Dumbest thing I've ever heard.
why ?

is it really worth spending 100 + shipping to refret a Roadstar II ?

it still rocks for Ramones powerchords.
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why ?

is it really worth spending 100 + shipping to refret a Roadstar II ?

it still rocks for Ramones powerchords.
You're talking about the action being too high. Set it up better and you won't have to cycle through guitars.
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Re: Is it time for a fret level or re-crown?

but I like cycling through guitars.

I get a buzz out of buying junk on ebay and hoping its going to be hugely valuable one day.

I know its dumb but it seems fairly harmless and I learn a bit about stuff I like.
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Re: Is it time for a fret level or re-crown?

Maybe it's me, but I do not see enough fret wear to warrant anything. You are WAY overdue on a cleaning though. After cleaning the fretboard, a little 0000 steel wool for the frets, and you should be golden.
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post #15 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-23-2011, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Is it time for a fret level or re-crown?

I agree about the cleaning. It has been awhile. Also, if I had the money to just keep buying new guitars, I'd probably do the same thing .

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Pricing scheme seems overly complicated to me, but a little high in some areas if I am deciphering that mess of a spreadsheet correctly.. More important is the quality of work done.
I don't know why they'd have their pricing like that. I still can't figure out how much for a level, crown, fret ends, and setup. I can definitely set it up myself, but if it's only going to be like $5-$10 more for it to be included, then why not. Since the consensus is I would only really need a dressing at most, that's really the only price I'm worried about. Does $40 sound too much? Or should I just buy the tool and do it myself? I've got 2 guitars to practice on before I'd try it on my Presitge. I've been looking at this one:
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Fretting...Fret_File.html

I've watched enough videos on youtube to think I can handle it just fine. Seems simpler than all the other crap I've done to my guitars (neck refinish, scallop, swirl, etc).
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