Unfortunately only a limited number of fret dresses can be done before the frets need replacing. Re-fretting is sometimes necessary in order to level out the underlying fret board surface if the neck has warped or twisted to some degree.
Some guitars are easier to re-fret than others. It’s a time consuming job and some require significantly more time than others, e.g. those with lacquered maple boards. All prices are ‘from’ as I cannot give a firm quote before seeing the condition of the guitar. I will happily give a free, no obligation quote on inspection of the guitar.
Some guitars may need a new nut fitting if slots have worn or been lowered on account of the worn frets, which obviously incurs extra cost. All re-fret prices include high quality Jescar fret wire and a full setup.
Most guitar technicians re-fret Gibson style bound boards by removing the ‘nibs’ from the binding that cover the fret ends. This is the easiest option and therefore the cheapest. Some players actually prefer this as the new frets overlap the binding and therefore are longer, giving a bit more ‘leeway’ for the outer strings. It is, however, possible to retain the original look of the instrument by cutting each fret exactly to length and VERY carefully fitting them so as not to push out the binding. This is extremely time consuming and so greatly increases the cost. Also, it relies on the fret board itself being level and even along it’s length which is often not the case. It is an option though and if you have a Gibson and would like to retain the original look, please contact me to discuss – 07923 656 454.