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 Post subject: New Frets
 Post Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:14 pm 
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In putting on new strings on my 73 4001, I noticed some of the frets wearing down saddles at points. I know that alterations to a vitage guitar are frowned upon, but I like to play this thing---it is not furniture. I was wondering if the Ric folks do refretting or should I look elseware?


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 Post subject: Re: New Frets
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 10:09 pm 
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My 72' has the same issue. But if the frets don't buzz, don't worry about it.


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 Post subject: Re: New Frets
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:04 pm 
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I refretted both my '73 4001's with larger fret wire. It seems to have held up better, as I haven't needed to refret them again. The Rick wire seems to be on the soft side.


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 Post subject: Re: New Frets
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:26 pm 
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im expecting my new 4003 soon. i normaly use stainless steel round wounds, is this a good idia for the rics?


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 Post subject: Re: New Frets
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 1:51 am 
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nickel wound strings are easier on the frets because nickel is softer than steel ...

as per replacing frets ... you can grind them down if the fret ware is light or replace them ... I have owned a few rics with fret ware and I never needed to replace the frets ... I have an 86 that have the frets professionally ground down before I got it and it plays fine ... the down side of the grinding down is the strings will start to chew up the fretboard finish ...

I say that unless you have really deep divits in the frets just play it the way it is ... and get a newer ric to play as well ...

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 Post subject: Re: New Frets
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 3:42 am 
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Jeff, my Ricks had itty bitty fret wire... they were very low frets. Back then I used Rotosounds, and by the time they chewed a grove worth fixing, there wasn't much left to level! Would have been a pseudo fretless bass! :)


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 Post subject: Re: New Frets
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 10:47 pm 
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my 68 was that way small low narrow frets ... somehow the frets held up ... I like the 4003s5 frets ... big fat suckers ... my 86 2030 has the frets ground down and it works fine ... all of my other basses are 90 or newer and have virtually no fretware at all ... the nice thing about owning 15 basses is no one bass gets worn out ... also I use the whole neck so I spread the fretware around ... I have seen some basses with big divits on the 2nd 3rd and 4th frets and not much anywhere else ...

the down side of refretting a Ric is the fretboard has a high gloss finish ... how do you get the frets out and new ones in with damaging the finish ... then you probably have to refinish the neck or worse yet put a new fretboard on ...

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 Post subject: Re: New Frets
 Post Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 10:55 pm 
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the down side of refretting a Ric is the fretboard has a high gloss finish ... how do you get the frets out and new ones in with damaging the finish ... then you probably have to refinish the neck or worse yet put a new fretboard on ...
A good luthier doesn't have this problem. It does take some extra care, however, compared to unfinished necks. But then, those necks don't play like a RIC either, so it's a trade-off.


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 Post subject: Re: New Frets
 Post Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 6:49 am 
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that is one of the things I like about Rics ... the high gloss finish on the neck ...

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 Post subject: Re: New Frets
 Post Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 8:24 am 
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that is one of the things I like about Rics ... the high gloss finish on the neck ...


Me too! The gloss finish on the neck also has a little bit to do with the sound, too I'd expect. But I may be wrong.


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