So, I've really been enjoying the jumbo frets on my SE Akesson - I eat up frets fairly quickly and they have been holding up well for how much playing the axe has seen. However, it's caused me to feel a big difference in the frets on my strat - they feel like they're almost worn down to the board in comparison. Technically, the guitar doesn't NEED a refret, it holds tune fine and there aren't any dead spots, but I find it more difficult to play. Has anyone put on new frets for this reason? The originals weren't that beefy to start with, and after one leveling and dressing a few years ago, there's just not much left. Really like the guitar, but I know I'm not going to play it if I don't like the feel.
Not re-fretted a guitar yet but I will be re-fretting my Bernie later in the year. the frets on that are quite low and starting to wear - and I don't want them any lower - so a re-fret is my only option. Love the guitar so it's something I'm happy to do - although the cost isn't going to be pretty!
My main Strat has decent sized frets so it'll take a fret dress or two.
If the Strat means something to you then do it. :)
If you want bigger frets on your strat go for it. Just remember you will probably need a new nut and a complete setup aswell which a luthier should do as part of a refret.
Ah yeah... Watch out for that. A few techs will name the price of the fret job but leave those details out. They may be able to re-use the nut but may as well get a new one on there whilst you're at it.
Originally Posted by carpincowboy