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    Occasionally Onery Member CantankerousCarl's Avatar
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    Does This Look Like a Refret?

    I defer to y'all, I am no expert, but please advise if this looks like general wear / dirt on a 20-year old fingerboard, or a refret.

    To me, looks like a mediocre refret, but maybe I'm just picky. Should I be concerned...?

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    Can you post "glare shots" of the side of the fretboard? If the finish is gone from the fret tangs (on both ends of the fret), it's almost certainly a refret.

    There are few people who respray the finish on the sides of the fretboard (over the fret tangs) after doing a refret. So... don't assume it isn't a refret if you still see the finish.
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    Hans, hope this helps:





    1990, 91, 92 & 97 CE24s | 1991 CU24 | 2003 & 04 SE EG SSS | 2008 SE Semi-Hollow Soapbar
    2011 CU24 GC Throwback | 2012 Signature Limited | 2013 408 Brazilian | 2013 Paul's Guitar
    2013 Hollowbody II | 2013 CU24 Swamp Ash Limited | 2013 XPRS 408 Semi-Hollow
    2013 S2 Mira | 2013 CU24 | 2014 CU24 Semi-Hollow

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    Wow. This is an old one, eh?

    The finish pop and the green patina on the fret ends make it quite difficult for me to feel secure with one guess over another.

    IN MY OPINION this is not a refret. I base that opinion on the image below. The fret end that is clearly visible (to the left of the right fret marker) matches the contour of the rolled fretboard. Unless it was re-fretted and then rolled some more (which is a possibility), that would be pretty tough to match.

    Again... just my opinion.

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