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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-15-2013, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
 
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What are the Telltale Signs of a Re-Fret?

Hello everyone,

I'm just back from playing a few songs at a BBQ at work tonight and, although my skill level does not deserve a Jem, I thought I would try out my newly acquired '89 VBK. I noticed in the show light that there was some sort of sealant or varnish running along the edge of all the frets. It's like the wood has a different finish right beside each fret.

The neck is in impeccable shape for being over twenty years old so it's made me wonder if the back of the neck has been refinished or at least sanded down and also if the neck has been re-fretted. How would I be able to tell? The thickness of the neck is similar if not identical to a '91 floral.

The guitar is in players condition, dings on the edge of the body and a little hardware tarnishing but other than that - a real treat to play!

Also, would the original volume and tone pots be 'painted' green (on white plastic) or 'molded' green plastic?

Thanks for any advice!
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Re: What are the Telltale Signs of a Re-Fret?

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Hello everyone,

I'm just back from playing a few songs at a BBQ at work tonight and, although my skill level does not deserve a Jem, I thought I would try out my newly acquired '89 VBK. I noticed in the show light that there was some sort of sealant or varnish running along the edge of all the frets. It's like the wood has a different finish right beside each fret.

The neck is in impeccable shape for being over twenty years old so it's made me wonder if the back of the neck has been refinished or at least sanded down and also if the neck has been re-fretted. How would I be able to tell? The thickness of the neck is similar if not identical to a '91 floral.

The guitar is in players condition, dings on the edge of the body and a little hardware tarnishing but other than that - a real treat to play!

Also, would the original volume and tone pots be 'painted' green (on white plastic) or 'molded' green plastic?

Thanks for any advice!
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Re: What are the Telltale Signs of a Re-Fret?

Pics as follows...

Frets album;
http://s153.photobucket.com/user/noi.../Guitars/Frets

Volume Knob - original?;



Neck pics later - the light in this hotel room is rubbish.

Thanks in advance for any knowledge!
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Re: What are the Telltale Signs of a Re-Fret?

looks all og to me.
usually you see some scarring of wood on a refret.
they definetly look played.
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looks all og to me.
usually you see some scarring of wood on a refret.
they definetly look played.
Thanks for checking it out andrewsfury! Good to know for the future.

Cheers!
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Re: What are the Telltale Signs of a Re-Fret?

1 - Little chips in the wood near the frets (mostly with maple necks).
2 - Fret doesn't sit all the way down to the factory cut
3 - Frets stick up a little bit from the neck.

If it's rosewood, you might not have any chips. It's a simple case of sanding some rosewood off and combining the sawdust with superglue. It's harder to hide it on a maple board.
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