I had a refret done on 2 Steinberger basses (graphite neck, phenolic fingegerboard in Moscow, Russia, for $200 each. It was really worth it.
First, the old frets were really worn out and after that fret work the basses became a real pleasure to play. The new frets made a huge difference.
Second, it's a perfect opportunity to use the frets you like best. I chose high quality STAINLESS STEEL (jumbo size) for one bass and regular nickel alloy (jumbo again) for the other. Stainless steel frets make the sound a bit brighter and last forever. They might add $20 or more to the cost thought cos they're hard to work with.
It's also a matter of how much $200 is for you at this time. Sometimes it might be better to wait for a better time (financially), and sometimes 200 bucks is just nothing.
My luthier told me (about Steinberger basses) that this graphite neck is not hard to work with. However I would recommend to chose those luthiers who are more experienced with phenolic fingerboards (and for the best results, with graphite necks too).
Hope this helps
Last edited by Rozeg : 08-03-2013 at 02:32 AM.