We get email all the time about stainless steel refret pricing so here it is in a nutshell, although it’s general and may not answer all questions. I will show you samples of my work if you are local when you arrive for an estimate. I do quality work and I like to show it to people. You can ship the complete guitar or you can just ship the neck if it is a bolt on. Instructions on shipping are here.
We charge 2/3 to 1/2 half of what some shops charge because stainless is 90% of what we do and we know how to do it better than anybody else. Shop around and you’ll see.
We glue as well as press in the frets and this is important. Ask other shops if they do that- most do not and if they don’t then don’t use them. If a shop complains to you about tools wearing out, look for the exit door. They are not qualified.
Stainless steel refrets are $355.00 complete plus shipping. That includes a Graphtech Tusq nut if needed, strings and setup. You may or may not need a new nut with bigger fret wire. Bound necks are the same price. You can ship your neck with tuners if it is a bolt on or the whole guitar.
This is important! Maple fret boards can add up to another $100.00 to the cost IF it needs re-finishing as a result of leveling. It is rare it is required but you should be aware of it and we will talk before that work is done. Most of the time there is no finish work at all.
I stock stainless steel 6100 – .110 x .057, 6150 .047 x .104 and 6105 – .095 x .047 .
If asked I will most always recommend .057 x .110 for electrics. Many prefer 6150 as it’s closer to Fender Jumbo and a tiny bit smaller than 6100.
6105 approaches a vintage electric wire but is a tad bigger and more comfortable.
We also carry .043 x .080 and is generally for Taylor acoustics and any other acoustic player that wants it.
Leveling removes up to .005 of whatever wire is selected.
Floyd nuts can add a little to the cost but not always. There is no mystery to a Floyd.
Turn around time is usually 5 to 6 weeks upon receipt of the neck or guitar depending on my work load in the shop.
If you are interested, please email for specifics. I can tell more accurately what has to be done when I speak to you or physically see the neck or guitar.
There is a more detailed explanation of the process here.