Can someone translate Ishibashi's "70-80% fret life"

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I am looking at a few Historics R8/R9 that are listed by Ishibashi as having "70-80%" or "80%" fret life.
Anyone have experience with how this translates realistically?
To me a guitar with 70% fret life would mean basically unplayable and in need of a re-fret.
Whereas a few dimples & flat spots, again to me, would be 85-95% of fret life and no big deal.
 

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You will be stuck with a re fret sometime in the future….

I mean 70% is barely a passing grade in anything… I personally would pass unless I had a return policy….
 

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You will be stuck with a re fret sometime in the future….

I mean 70% is barely a passing grade in anything… I personally would pass unless I had a return policy….
Ok thanks, that’s what I thought. I wasn’t sure if they were over conservative in their grading or not.
 

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That's how it's been for everything I've bought from them. Worst case scenario is they did a light fret level on it to remove any minor dings.
 

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That’s good to know…
 

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Fret wear is specific to each player and their style. It is not necessarily bad. Most of my guitars were purchased new and were broken in by me. and Yes, there is a break in period on new guitars.
 

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That's how it's been for everything I've bought from them. Worst case scenario is they did a light fret level on it to remove any minor dings.
Thanks. I’m thinking of pulling the trigger on one or two.
 

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I’m from Japan(Tokyo) and I know their standards.
Anything that’s been crowned at all or with the slightest dents they consider 80%.

Anything above 70% is easily playable.
60% or less is where I’d worry with Japanese stock.
 

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I’m from Japan(Tokyo) and I know their standards.
Anything that’s been crowned at all or with the slightest dents they consider 80%.

Anything above 70% is easily playable.
60% or less is where I’d worry with Japanese stock.
Excellent info - thank you!
 

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