Fret Repair
 
 
 
 
Fret work is something a lot of guitar players don’t really think much about. Like tires on a car, frets do wear down over time. Most companies use fret wire which is an alloy. Usually a mix of nickel and copper (called nickel silver – no actual silver). This is a softer metal than the guitar strings themselves (except for nylon string guitars). So, over time the strings wear creating flat spots and divots. If you separate your strings and look where they land you may see this wear.
 
Sometimes this fret wear is so even that it doesn’t really cause any noticeable problems and players don’t really see the need to do anything about it until the guitar just isn’t playing at all anymore. But often fret wear causes a few issues.
 
 
 

 
 
Buzzing
 
As the fret wears and a flat spot is created the string can begin to rattle on the depressed fret or the one in front. This often become an annoying buzz or can cancel out certain notes all together.
 
 

 
 
Intonation
 
The notes on your guitar are based on the center of each fret. As a fret wears down where the string breaks can move essentially throwing that note off by a few cents. Compounded over the fret board with multiple worn frets this can create an instrument that just never seems to play in tune.
 
 

 
 
 
Fret Dress – Straightening of fretboard, leveling frets, removing flat spots, crowning and polishing
 
 
Fret Job – Removing frets, leveling board, cutting and installing new frets and fret dress
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
This is a fixture I made based on a tool many other luthiers use.
 
It helps me establish a very flat fretboard surface in order to get absolute precision in my fret and fretboard leveling.
 
It also helps in certain situations where it is helpful to mimic string tension without strings on the instrument.
 
Standard Fret Dress - $160
 
Partial Fret Dress - $50-75
 
Sharp Fret Ends - $50
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fret Jobs

 
 
Unbound Board - $230
 
Bound Board - $300
 
Gibson Nib - $475
 
Maple/Finished - $400
 
 
Stainless Upcharge +$50
 
Jumbo Upcharge +$35
 
Fretboard Inlay Issues +$35 and up
 
 
 
 
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