would you buy a used bass with fret wear?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by steviecsg, Feb 8, 2004.

  1. steviecsg


    Aug 16, 2002
    Would you buy a used bass with a fair bit of fretwear on the first 5 frets? fair bit meaning clear notches (not grooves). given that the rest of the body and finish and set up is immaculate?

    If so how much would you knock off the price?
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Sure I'd buy it (I did with my main bass), what you describe probably not even affects the sound or playability. You'd only need a small fretjob at most (dressing, not replacing), which probably costs around 80 bucks or so. You can try to get that 80$ discounted.
  3. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Just what he said. A good technician/luthier will do a nice job. Go for it! BTW what is it? :)
  4. steviecsg


    Aug 16, 2002
    It's a neck thru exotic wood carvin LB75. It's a real beauty except for the frets. going for less than 750 USD.

    Would you be able to tell the difference between perfect frets and frets that are slightly worn when you play them? I can't because the action is low so there is buzzing but i'm aware of the fret condition.