To refret or not to refret? gibson g-3

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ripper75, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. i think it's time to refret my gibson g-3. the frets are so worn out the wood is being carved away on the neck. i've never had this done. any reason not to refret? will it play and sound the same? thanks.
  2. go for it..i love the ripper,grabber and the g-3, give it the re fret job it deserves..whatever you do do not sell it!
  3. aquateen


    Apr 14, 2005
    as long as you use the same size fretwire that was originally used, it should play and sound the same as when it was new.
  4. nfgrufio


    Jan 22, 2005
    sorry if I am jacking the thread, but on this note..i have a '74 gibson ripper that i think is in need of a fret job, or thats what it seems like. the output of the bass compared to my fender jazz is MUCH lower when im playing live, theres just no power to it whatsoever. Could this be due to the need of a fret job? or is it something like a warped neck? how can you tell the difference? whatever it is I would love to get if fixed and bring the Ripper back out on tour!!!

    any help would be muc appreciated, thanks guys!!
  5. lowbass68


    Feb 3, 2008
    Are your frets showing major signs of wear such as grooves under the strings, especially the lower frets (1 thru 7)? That would be a clear sign that fret work, either a fret leveling or refret is in order.
    Also hold down the E string at the 1st fret and also the 20th or last fret and measure the gap between the string and the 7th fret. The gap shows the relief of the neck and is different depending on the player and bass, but generally I like between 1/64 and 3/64 of an inch. More or less and a truss rod tweek may be in order, depending on personal taste in relief.
    But in either case, I doubt that this would cause a significant drop in output or power unless the strings are bottoming out so bad that they can't vibrate. It could be that the pickup magnets are weak.

  6. phunku


    Jan 9, 2008
    London, England

    it might be that the pickup magnets r weak, or cud be the height of your pickups? do u have them low? try bringing them up a bit.
  7. nfgrufio


    Jan 22, 2005
    It doest seem that the actual frets have any major signs of wear like grooves. I will check out your advice by holding down the strings and maybe messing with the truss rod a little bit and see where that gets me. But as far as the pups go, one is an original and the other is a aftermarket from Seymour Duncan so I dont think that would be the problem but who knows.

    The pups are, i think, the correct height. They are as close as I can get them without the strings striking them when i play.
    How easy is it to get the neck pressed/steamed? expensive?
    or is it a lost cause....:meh:
  8. southshoreconor


    Oct 30, 2007
    The Road
    Endorsing Artist: Fender Musical Instruments, SIT strings

    what's your band? im a big nfg and rufio fan (my band is label mates with NFG right now)
  9. nfgrufio


    Jan 22, 2005
    haha well im in no band of that stature, but they were two of my very favorite bands back when i was a lot younger and still. but im in a band out of the ATL called Holiday Parade. How about yourself?
  10. southshoreconor


    Oct 30, 2007
    The Road
    Endorsing Artist: Fender Musical Instruments, SIT strings
    Energy.. we're from boston. link in the sig.
  11. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    My '74 P's frets are brutal and I almost had it refretted until my tech gave it a quick neck adjustment (fixed the buzzing completely) and installed flats.

    If I use rounds for another couple of years, the frets will absolutely have to be replaced, but with flats, it should last for much longer.

    Just another option....
  12. nfgrufio


    Jan 22, 2005
    awesome, thanks so much for the suggestion. I will definitely keep it in mind. Anyone know anything about fixing a warped neck???
  13. Steveaux

    Steveaux Safe-Guardian of the Stoopid Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    The Wilds of NW Pa.
    +1000 ... unless, of course, you sell it to me. ;)
  14. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007