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Re-fret ... on an old (ish) bass.

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Picked up a 77 Stingray a few weeks back, plays nice but had some trouble getting the action to my liking so took it to my local Lutheir. He told me the frets were uneven and had been crowned a few times in the past and that there was nothing left on them that he could do. He advised me to think if I wanted to sell how it is now (totally original) or that if I was going to use it the re-fret is a must to get the best out of it. 

 I guess I just wanted to ask if you think it will lose a lot of resale value being re-fretted? I have decided to get the work done anyway, hopefully a keeper.

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If it's done by a good lutheir it will not affect resale value. If it's done poorly for whatever reason, than it will affect resale.

It sounds like a no brainer, if you sell it with frets the way they are you won't get full sale value, as it needs work done!

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I’m sure there are people crazy enough to prefer worn-out frets, but a fresh set of frets on an old guitar... man that’s a beautiful thing.

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This was the state of my ‘64 Precision when I got her.

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This is her now.

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Life’s too short to own a bass you don’t play because you want to preserve its value. The crass analogy is that it’s like remaining celibate from your supermodel wife to keep her pristine for the next guy...

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I see things like frets as consumable parts of a bass. Like tyres on a car. Wouldn't bother me one bit if a vintage bass had had a refret.

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Speaking as a past, present and future buyer of pre cbs fender basses, I have no issue with  refrets whatsoever. Same for defective pots. The idea of buying a bass I couldn't use, in order to preserve originality, does not appeal.

There are, I'm sure, buyers who will reject a refretted bass, but not a sufficient proportion to seriously affect the value 

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On 18/11/2019 at 18:05, therealting said:

This was the state of my ‘64 Precision when I got her.

B5A4E1C2-E50C-4171-8E53-F424D34B5675.thumb.jpeg.d3204593f968dc0a5960203cf54873ad.jpeg

This is her now.

51DEBDCB-A822-4B6D-AF7D-55F9EC827BE7.thumb.jpeg.dcc1bd08ee35d517b0735e70f1694aa7.jpeg

Life’s too short to own a bass you don’t play because you want to preserve its value. The crass analogy is that it’s like remaining celibate from your supermodel wife to keep her pristine for the next guy...

I marine running four strings over the fretboard rather than one underneath it would have made no end of difference to how it plays

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32 minutes ago, LukeFRC said:

I marine running four strings over the fretboard rather than one underneath it would have made no end of difference to how it plays

Makes it harder to play, but it’s worth it for the tone

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