We get email all the time about stainless steel refret pricing. We charge $365. Here it is in a nutshell.
We only do stainless and have done well over 200 documented stainless refrets, and many more if you include necks that we’ve made. This is a lot for a small shop, considering Greg does all of them himself. He has the experience and does quality work and guarantees it. Read our testimonials! You can ship the complete guitar or just the neck if it is a bolt-on. Instructions on shipping are here.
We set up necks or guitars with Martin Darco 10’s and include them in the refret price. If you have a preference for other strings you can include them in your shipment or we can purchase them for you at the additional cost of the strings. We are unable to stock all the brands of strings out there.
We charge 2/3 to 1/2 half of what some shops charge because stainless is all we do and we know how to do it better than anybody. The latest quote from a customer who contacted Nashville shops was $800! That’s why he drove here from Nashville with a few guitars.
We glue as well as press in the frets and this is important. Ask other shops if they do this – most do not. If they don’t then don’t use them. If a shop complains about tools wearing out, look for the exit door. They are not qualified.
Stainless steel refrets are $365.00 for six string guitars complete plus shipping, with binding or without. Seven strings and above are extra. This 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.
Acoustics may need a new saddle if larger fret wire is installed. This is an extra charge.
This is important! A maple fret board can add up to another $150.00 to the cost IF it needs re-finishing as a result of leveling. It is very rare that this is required but 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 .110 x .057 (the 6100) 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.
Shimming of a Floyd nut is included in the refret price. Lowering a Floyd nut by removing shelf wood is not included in the price.
Turn around time is usually 3-4 weeks upon receipt of the neck or guitar depending on my work load in the shop.
We can do other repairs or installations at additional charges if they are accompanied with your refret. Electronics, tuners, etc. We do not do finishing work.
If interested, please email for specifics and I can tell more accurately what has to be done and the cost.
There is a more detailed explanation of the process here.