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  1. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    Hello all, Can anyone recommend a luthier to refret a universe MC in the Los Angeles area? Would it be preferable ship it somewhere instead? I'm open to suggestions...thanks in advance! Alex
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    A while ago I leveled the frets on my RG570. The frets are level now, but won't be able to be level them again without a refret. The guitar is virtually in mint condition other than the frets (and two small chips on bottom edge). How much do you think it's worth. I love the guitar, so I was...
  3. Ibanez JEM, UV, JS & Other Signature Models
    Hi, I'm going to be staying with friends for a couple of months near Berkeley, CA. Can you recommend someone in the east bay to refret my baby? Thanks.
  4. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    It's an japanese guitar, and I'm debating whether to refret it, as I remove the frets, there are little chunks coming out, and the fretboard looks like **** too. I'm thinking, removing the fretboard isn't that difficult, I could get a beautiful birdseye maple neck and just start over...
  5. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    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...
  6. All Other Guitars (including Prestige)
    Hi Folks, My first post and hopefully you can help. I bought a used RG550. I took it to a "tech" for a set up and he beveled the frets edges, rendering the guitar almost unplayable. Certainly not the way an RG550 famously plays. I'm just sick over this. It will cost at least $300 to...
  7. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    Hi everyone! Can anyone recommend a suitable tech in the uk to correctly refret a maple board '75 strat? I would do it myself but would like it period correct and know they often need the neck refinishing. Many thanks RTStibbon
  8. All Other Guitars (including Prestige)
    how long do your frets last? I mean honestly mine last about a year to 1 6months before they are flat or the dreaded worn fret V gouge under the string. but I do play 1 to 4 hours everyday... I really think I am going to have to switch to strats,because I can get a new neck for less than half...
  9. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    Alright guys… After a search here and google… I am getting mixed feelings on the degree of difficulty of a refret job. I have the tools to remove the frets, the appropriate size radius sanding block and fret polishing supplies (micromesh). Would it be worth my time and $$ to attempt to do...
  10. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    hi there. i have a ibanez RG 430mm fingerboard radius and i wand to change frets in the future with smaller width. the original specs reffering to jumbo frets wich i think is about .110 x .055 in crown size. anyway, anyone tried to change original jumbo frets with stewmac 0152 wire? there are...
  11. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    i use to refret with Stewmac's #150 fretwire, it's the bigger they sell, but i've seen guitars with way bigger frets on. also, some customers ask me for bigger frets than Stewmac's #150. i know there's Warmoth, but i think they sell fretwire in neck quantities only, maybe even pre-cut, but i...
  12. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    Hi all, Just had my JEM77FP Refreted. It's an '89 model and it's had a hard life. A very reputable guy and I trust his work and advise (mostly) I need to run something by you all. The neck and frets now are in the ballpark of what it would have been when it was new. I have low-ish action set...
  13. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    Hi Guys , From last Friday I have a new axe - YJM Strat ,now joined to my beloved Jem 7 wvh . After three days of playing with , I simply can not put down that f...cking axe . Knowing (reading other experiences) how is dificult to switch from scalloped neck and giant 6000 Dunlop frets to...
  14. Tech: Setup, Repairs and Mods
    Whats the closest match for the fretwire used on the rg570 (1998, wizard neck)? I need to get a fairly close match because I'm only replacing a few frets, rather than doing a full refret. One of the standard stew-mac gauges would be close enough, I'd think... any luthier types that can...
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