Re-fret nightmare 69 SG standard

Discussion in 'Vintage SG' started by Terrence, May 18, 2019 at 12:40 AM.

  1. Terrence

    Terrence New Member

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    Hi

    I was young and stupid and got my vintage 68/69 SG Standard (vibrola plate and trem arm) Refretted about 15 years ago. I let the local guitar shop guy talk me into it. It was a bad job.

    It's one of the worst things I've ever done and it pains me every time I think of it. It's even taken a bit of the joy of playing it away, and I love this guitar.

    I want to put it right. I'm in the UK. Would anyone know what type and which gauge fret wire should of been used? And does anyone know of a proper, professional place/person/company that would be able to rectify this, and do a proper job? Doesn't matter where in the world it is.

    Thank you!
     
  2. Chubbles

    Chubbles Well-Known Member

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    I wish you the best of luck with that. I'm not in the UK. It's more than the wire. Leveling and crowning are just as important. I've done everything myself for years: setups, replaced pickups, electronics, nuts, and tuners. But frets scare the heck out of me. It's easy to do it wrong. You do need a great tech that knows what he's doing. Maybe you can get that referral.
     
  3. zhivago

    zhivago New Member

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    Charlie Chandler has refretted most of my vintage guitars, his fret work is excellent, he has done my '56 Les Pul Custom, '43 Martin 00028 and my '61 Jazzmaster.

    I'd give him a call and see what he recommends...personally I like 6150 frets or similar on most of my guitars.

    Google his name...I tried posting a link here, but the forum software thinks it's spam :confused:
     
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    Herbie74w New Member

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    Can you post pictures of the frets? Can they be salvaged?
     
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    syscokid Well-Known Member

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    This sounds like a win-win for a good recommendation for @Terrence...

    Linky:
    https://www.guitarexperience.co.uk/
     
  6. SG standard

    SG standard Well-Known Member

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    You should talk to Jonathon at Feline guitars. They did a lovely job of refretting my '78 Guild last year, and have a great reputation.

    Have a look at the repair they did on this Les Paul Custom:
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  7. Terrence

    Terrence New Member

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    That's great guys, thank you! I will check out these links. Great repair job on that guild above. I will post some photo's of the frets on the SG. I'm away from home at the moment but will take some and post them as soon as I get back.

    There may be hope then! :smile:
     
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