When a basic setup won’t cure fret buzz it’s necessary to perform a fret-level. Fret-levels are common in guitars that are exposed to climate changes. These changes can make the frets pop up or move around creating hi or low spots and can change the linearity of the neck altogether. A fret-level brings the high spots down so that all frets are "level" with eachother. Note that we often need to reseat frets if they have risen due to changes in the fingerboard moisture content.

A fret-level includes recrowing and polishing of all frets.  We have developed a technique that simulates string tension while we perform the level. This allows for an extremely accurate level. We can usually get your action lower than it was from the factory.  A fret-level can make a huge difference in the feel and playability of a guitar.

Frets come in many sizes. Some folks don’t like the frets that come with a brand new guitar and prefer to get them refretted right away. Some folks are after a different fret shape or size in order to accommodate their playing style.  A larger taller fret may be better suited for someone who plays lead guitar and bends strings often, as a larger fret will last longer and a taller fret can make string-bending easier.  A skinnier lower fret can be just the ticket for a rhythm guitarist who plays mostly chords, as there is less wear and tear from this style of playing and a lower fret can minimize intonation problems.

Refretting a guitar is a great opportunity to get rid of many of your guitar’s action and playability issues. Abnormal buzzes and dead spots caused by very low or loose frets can be eliminated. High action resulting from old warped necks can also be repaired here.  You need not wait until your frets are almost non-existent to replace them.  A refret can make you love your guitar again and want to play it more.

At Dr. Fretgood we are very proud of the fretwork we do. We use many methods for refretting: Hammering, pressing, the glue in method - all depending on the instrument and circumstance. All refrets include: Leveling, redressing, crowning, cleaning, and polishing of all frets. Refrets usually require that a new nut (and saddle if acoustic) be fitted to the instrument as the tops of the new frets are typically higher than the old ones.

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