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We Specialise in Fretwork

REFRET SPECIALISTS

Jimmy has been refretting guitars for more than 40 years. His work is the finest “custom shop” quality and is way BETTER than factory standard. He has undertaken literally hundreds of refrets and has a high level of expertise. Why trust your favourite instrument to someone less accomplished with questionable skills?

HIGHEST QUALITY WORKMANSHIP

We use only the best quality american HARD nickel silver fretwire in all our work. We buy our fretwire in straight lengths and bend it accurately to suit YOUR guitar. This is a highly skilled job and we pride ourselves on the accuracy and quality of our work.

Whatever style of music you play and whatever type of guitar you own.. wear and tear is inevitable.
Through time.. frets will wear as will the nut and saddle. One day you’ll pick up your guitar and notice that it just isn’t playing as well as it used to. It may be buzzing in places and you may have some dead spots on the neck…or a strange rattle or bad intonation. This is inevitable if you play your guitar a lot like some.. or in fact most of my customers. Low.. badly worn frets can result in poor tone and intonation resulting in buzzing notes.. dead spots and fingerboard wear due to strings and fingernails gouging the fingerboard and more often than not.. your capo clamping the strings too tightly against the frets. Get them fixed!

How We Do It – No Shortcuts

Shipped in from the USA, the fretwire we use is the hardest nickel silver wire you can get. It’s difficult to work with.. but you get the benefit… …If someone refrets your guitar with soft Korean or Chinese wire… you may not be able to tell when you pick the guitar up…but just give it a couple of months.. then the wear will be back ! We cleanly and carefully remove the worn frets.. then prepare the slots before accurately installing the new wire. Careful selection of wire gauge, (I carry over 30 different profiles), in particular matching tang width to the existing slot is ensured before installation. Frets are then precision levelled then reprofiled to ensure accurate intonation before polishing the frets in an 8 stage process to a mirror finish. The guitar is then given a thorough setup. Your guitar will now play better than you would have thought possible! We improve playability and improve guitars that have been “plekked”. We carefully measure, level and reprofile your frets but we read the neck of the guitar and evaluate each guitar as an individual instrument. Any anomolies are addressed and corrected with great care and attention. Try us once, tell all your guitar buddies and you’ll never go anywhere else.

…and of course with every refret we carry out your instrument ends up on our Erlewine neck jig to level and polish the frets finishing them off prior to the setup with unrivalled accuracy!

FRETWIRE CHARTS

METRIC

IMPERIAL

Pro Setups

Yes, even your beloved Custom Shop Gibson or Master built Fender will play much cleaner and better after the work we carry out when you treat it to a  “PRO SETUP”.

Using the recent addition to our armoury, the Dan Erlewine Neck Jig, we measure then precision level all frets before reprofiling or crowning them prior to polishing them to a high sheen.

About the Erlewine Neck Jig
Dan Erlewine developed the Neck Jig using the breakthrough idea of simulating string tension with the strings off. This results in the most accurate fret and fingerboard work ever: no guesswork, and no unpleasant surprises when the instrument is restrung. Just a very satisfied player!
Evolving through years of fretwork for demanding players, the Erlewine Neck Jig has become a valuable asset in busy pro repair shops around the world.
Sturdy aluminum beam construction adds extra rigidity. Enhanced stability and reduced flex make neck deflection measurements more precise than ever before.

Works great for any fretted instrument
All components feature adjustable positioning. We can jig guitars, basses, banjos, mandolins and more, including asymmetrical or custom-shaped bodies.

The big difference: Working on your instrument in the playing position!
Rotate the angle vise, and the guitar is turned onto its side—the same position as when it’s played. In this way we can measure and adjust fretboard action, instead of laying the guitar on its back with gravity pulling the neck and strings downward.

With the strings on, the neck’s curvature is zeroed-in with dial calipers. When the strings come off, the Jig holds the neck in the same position as when it was strung up in the playing position. Now we can do your fretwork with total accuracy, because when we string the guitar back up the neck doesn’t change.

Levelling your frets and setting up your instrument is an extensive.. thorough process which leaves your guitar playing at its best! Naturally the guitar is then given a thorough Standard Setup. This will give your guitar the ultimate slick feel.

Do you recognise this problem?- No matter how you try to setup your guitar it never sounds clean up the top…that’s right…the dusty bit of the fingerboard.. above the 12th fret. It buzzes or the note lacks sustain or worse chokes off! This is often down to lack of clearance or fallaway. I can introduce the extra clearance required to make your guitar play cleanly. You’ll be amazed! Often there is enough life in the height of the frets.. to enable me to carefully reduce them to the lowest point of wear.. then reprofile and polish the frets. This can eliminate the problem without complete replacement of the frets…though If wear is excessive or fret height is already too low.. replacement may be preferred or indeed the only solution!…For more information, also see our page on REFRETS

It’s a misconception that when you buy a new guitar it’s ready to play. Most people assume that it’s already been setup. Sometimes a salesman will restring the guitar..or blindly have a stab at it with an allen key at the bridge or even worse the truss rod.. without understanding what they are doing.

The fact is guitars.. electric and acoustic are mass produced and leave the factory in a barely playable condition (if you’re lucky). They then go straight onto the shop wall. We can make all the necessary adjustments.to ensure your guitar will play the best that it can. We often see customers who have had their guitar for a few years and are putting up with a high action.. poor intonation or worse. They are amazed at how much better their guitar plays after we set it up. Here is the list of some of the settings we adjust on your guitar as part of a general setup.

    • Check for initial problems at book in
    • Log settings and serial number into database
    • Adjustment of Truss Rod for proper neck relief
    • Set intonation compensation as available
    • set string arc (saddle height)
    • Adjust action as required
    • Set pickup height (electric) and string balance
    • Redefine nut slots or shim and recut nut as required
    • Clean & treat fingerboard
    • Polish frets
    • Check all hardware for correct operation
    • Tighten machine heads and pot/socket nuts
    • Oil metal moving parts as appropriate
    • Lubricate pots and switches as required
    • Tighten strap buttons
    • Replace missing screws
    • Thorough play check