Here is a question I get asked quite often so I though I would post it.
“Can you refret my 7.25″ radius neck and file the frets down flatter so I can play lead on it better?”
The answer is yes with a couple caveats.
Many people have 7.25″ vintage radius necks and want the frets filed flatter in the center so they can play lead easier and more comfortably. The reason people do it is to provide more distance to bend the note at about the 15th fret before fretting out. It can give a somewhat flatter effective radius. If you want to bend the high e to a minor third on a standard 7.25 radius at the 12th and beyond then the action has to be set high, above 2/32″ to avoid fretting out on the frets forward of the one you are bending on. It is just a matter of geometry and the math doesn’t lie. That tight radius will not allow the bend without high action. Most people don’t like that high action if they are playing a lot of lead.
If the frets are flattened in the center you can work the action down to about 2/32″ on the high e and just barely make a minor third bend at the 15th before you fret out. That is an acceptable action but higher than a flatter radius neck. And you have lost fret height.
The truth is people should consider another neck with a 10-16″ compound radius or even flatter to play lead but people like the neck they have so they refret it and file the frets down. Again it is personal choice and depends on how and what you play.
A shop should not do it unless you ask them to but I get asked to do it on almost every 7.25″ neck that comes in here.
I can refret your neck just how you want it no problem but you must be aware about the very high action requirements if you play in the 12th above and expect to bend to a minor third without fretting out.