Chicago referral for refret?

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  1. fleahead

    fleahead Senior Member

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    My bestie has a deliciously beat '56 Special TV that needs new frets. Original pencil frets are damned near to the rosewood, nibs barely visible. He's been warned that re-fretting will screw the resale but it's unplayable. Wants larger frets. We're both in the Far West burbs, and real pros out this way?
     
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    Cozmik Cowboy Senior Member

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    I can no longer recommend the great Ed Reynolds, as he has long since decamped for Austin (but Chi is full of great techs - try Chicago Music Exchange for starters); just wanted to say that a refret will not screw resale any more than new tires will hurt a car's resale - though going with different-sized frets may or may not, depending on the buyer's preference.
     
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    fleahead Senior Member

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    Thanks, That's what I keep telling him. I remember Ed's legacy around here....been a long time since I even thought of him....
     
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    jim w Senior Member

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    Not to far away, Dave's Guitars just opened a place in Milwaukee that does great work.
     
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    Fracture Senior Member

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    Joe Campagna at Guitar Tech Services

    iirc, he builds a delicious 4.5lb (pre-hardware) custom pine Telecaster
    pretty sure his refret skills are on par

    see also Tobias Music / Downers Grove
     
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    jeggz Senior Member

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    I got a 56 Custom from Rock n Roll Vintage that they refretted, I’d trust them.
     
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    SonicBlur Senior Member

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    judson Senior Member

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    ballpark cost these days on a lp refret?
     
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    csplayer089 Senior Member

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    Babin Guitars in Hampshire, IL is a great place too.
     
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    scott 351 wins Senior Member

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    I had Mark do a stainless steel refret on my 79 Tokai for me, he did a AWESOME job.
     

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