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Plek vs. Conventional fret dressing

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Jim C, May 6, 2010.

  1. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Anybody have any experience with having a neck Plek'd?
    I gather that this may be a more precise set up.

    Who would you recommend for plecking (preferably on the east coast)?

    Approx how much?

    Do you send the bass or just the neck?

    Is there an advantage to one method over the other?
  2. chunger


    Jan 10, 2006
    Albany, CA
    Chunger basses by Studio 939
    I believe all of the new production Lakland Skyline basses are Plek'd. If there's a dealer in your area, you might be able to check one of those out.
  3. Randall


    Aug 6, 2009
    check the Lakeland website. Great video on PleK.
  4. My guitarist got his Les Paul plek'd. It was insane how much better it played.
  5. RTL

    RTL House Chicken Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Leander, TX
    One thing to remember about the PLEK machine, is that it was created to correct the less than stellar fretwork found on most mass-produced instruments. So obviously, this depends highly on the instrument.

    American Fender? Absolutely.
    Lakland Skyline (if they weren't already)? Absolutely.

    Would I have a Roscoe/MTD/Pedulla/Ritter/Elrick PLEK'd? Never.
    Why? Because some of the most skilled hands in the biz are fretting these basses. There's no reason to fix what ain't broken.

    Why do you think the US Laklands aren't PLEK'd? :ninja:
  6. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    I've had one Plekd.. worth it

    Can be done traditionall this is if the guy is an artist at the craft.
  7. adube810


    Mar 6, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    how much does a PLEK and setup ussually cost?
  8. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    My method of level/recrowns, with the neck adjusted as straight as it will get, with the strings on, and tuned, also "removes minimal material", produces great results, and doesn't require a six-figure machine to do it.

    For production situations, I can see where a plek machine would be
    cost effective: slam the frets in, and let the machine do the rest.
  9. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Where's Kensington, CA?
  10. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    I've never sent a bass in for Plek treatment, but I might send in my Jazz V this summer. I have two G&L's that have Plek-levelled frets from the factory, and the playability is phenomenal. My MIA Fenders are excellent, especially my 2003 Jazz four, but the G&L's are better. I've tried Lakland Skyline models with factory Plek treatment, and they felt similar to my G&L's.

    I cannot believe Fender hasn't adopted the Plek for its U.S. made basses.
  11. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Just north of Berkeley, east of El Cerrito.
  12. Randall


    Aug 6, 2009
    Are they not?. Check out the plek video on the lakland website. I am no expert but was assuming they were.
  13. RTL

    RTL House Chicken Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Leander, TX
    The US Laklands aren't PLEK'd because they don't need to be. The guys fretting the instruments in Chicago are incredibly skilled and are able to take their time and do it right the first time. The Skylines aren't given the same treatment, which is why they have to employ the machine.
  14. Randall


    Aug 6, 2009
    According to the lakeland website all basses are pleked now. When they made this change I do not know.
  15. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    All good stuff boys but the question remains:
    Who do you call for an independant Plek job and about how much does it cost?
  16. Rick Auricchio

    Rick Auricchio Registered Bass Offender

    The Plek web site (www.plek.com) has a list of places that will do the job for you.
  17. Mr.Bassie720


    Feb 5, 2005
    Washington DC,Silver Spring,MD
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses
    On the East coast I recommend Phil Jacoby at Philtone guitars. A PLEK machine is a great tool and, in the hands of a great luthier, produces Stellar results. Cost is about $160.00 and worth every penny. Phil does outstanding work. http://philtone.com/ I have had 4 basses PLEKKED. It just lends an incredible buttery beautiful feeling neck. And yes you do have to send the bass cause the machine does it's thing while the strings are on and in tune.
  18. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    It scans with the strings on and at tension but then the strings are removed for the actual work.

    Say I get a bass Plekked with a particular set of strings. Since it's reportedly so precise and obviously dependent on the tension of the strings on the bass when it's scanned, will changing string gauge, brand or type mess with the Pleking? What about seasonal or climatic changes during touring?
  19. bass_snake

    bass_snake Banned

    Aug 13, 2008
    Stouffville, Ontario
    That's great to know. Anyone knows when they started pleking? Is it only this year?


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