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.
We only do stainless and have done over 200 documented stainless refrets. Many more if you include necks that we make. That’s a lot of refrets if you do the math for a small shop. We have the experience and do quality work and guarantee it . 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 setup 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 cannot stock the hundreds of 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 else. Our latest quote from a customer who was contacting Nashville shops was 800.00! Wow. That’s why he came to us from Nashville. 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 $365.00 for six string guitars complete plus shipping with binding or without. Seven strings and above are extra. 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.
Acoustics may need a new saddle if larger fret wire is installed and that is an extra charge.
This is important! Maple fret boards can add up to another $150.00 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.
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 4 weeks upon receipt of the neck or guitar depending on my work load in the shop.
We can do any other repairs or installations if it is accompanied with your refret at additional charge. Electronics, tuners, etc. We do not do finishing work.
If you are 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.