Stainless Steel Refret on my Les Paul

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  1. Dave

    Dave Well-Known Member

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    Just got it back yesterday.

    First of all, this is a Gibson Les Paul Classic Lite. All the sames specs as a regular Les Paul but the body is much thinner.

    Took it to my Luthier for a SS 6100 Jumbo refret. Got it back yesterday.
    Scott from FatCat guitars in Elgin IL has done several SS refrets for me in the past so I knew the work would be impeccable and he did not disappoint.

    When he messaged me to say it's ready his exact quote was "It's like roller skating on ball bearings on melted butter on glass".

    It was the perfect description. The guitar plays AMAZING! Scott transformed a good guitar into a amazing, incredible guitar. To say it plays effortlessly is an understatement.
    It is smooth as glass setup with low action. Effortless bends. So easy to grab every note and stretch the heck out it.

    He also installed a perfectly cut bone nut. I played this guitar aggressively non-stop for over two hours last night and it stayed perfectly in tune.

    Unfortunately I have not gigs the rest of this year but looking forward to gigging this guitar a lot next year.

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    That is a first class looking fret job. And being stainless steel, probably the last one that guitar will need.
     
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    You have a great Les Paul and now a great set of frets.
    May I ask how much he charges for that exact job?
    Does he accept shipped in guitars for work?
    Thanks in advance. I'm tempted to try that on one of my SG's. I don't know who I would trust in my area.
     
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    This fretjob was a trade. I posted a guitar for sale on my local facebook gear trading page and he saw the ad and offered to trade for some fretwork.
    I know he has people ship him guitars quite often so that isn't a problem.
    You can contact Scott directly for a quote: Fat Cat Guitars https://www.facebook.com/FatCatCustomGuitars

    He refretted my SG many years ago with the same frets. The frets are still like brand new. Not a single mark on them. I've never even had to polish them.
    Best playing SG I've ever owned.

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    Thanks Dave! Are these frets the same dimensions as the Gibson's?
     
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    No, these are larger. I went with 6100 Jumbo frets. I think Gibson uses medium jumbo.
    I prefer the larger frets. They're wider and taller. I find them much easier to play with more "grab" when stretching notes.
     
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    Ive never heard of these classic lites, that looks amazing and amazingly light! What pickups are in it?
     
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    Classic 57+ in the bridge and Classic 57 in the neck.
    These were an exclusive for a couple of retailers. I bought mine from ZZounds. Looks like they only have black ones in stock now: https://www.zzounds.com/item--GIBLPCT19
     
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    Those are some of my favorite pickups I want one! And I'll take one in black! Dont make in lefty I bet...
     
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    Thanks Dave! I'll probably stick with medium jumbo. My SG's don't need a re fret but I'd love to have one done and to experience it nib-less.
     
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