I took my first 4001 to Mark Erlewine in Austin, TX when I decided it finally needed a refret. He told me that the only way to really do it right on the Rick was to take the old finish off the fingerboard, refret it and then refinish it.
Back then (mid 80's) Ricks were worth matchsticks, about a max of $400, because they were everywhere and everyone was trying to get rid of them. I don't remember what he quoted me to do the work, but it was a big enough fraction of the cost of the whole thing to make it not worth it. There was also a kind of scowl on his face as he talked about it, which made me even more apprehensive about it - he didn't look really charged up about doing it period.
Nowadays maybe it'd be worth it if it's a favorite instrument, but it still sounds like a rough job and something for a real professional with the right tools, etc.
Last edited by unclejane : 02-27-2013 at 04:43 AM.