How Much Does Refretting a Guitar Cost?

The condition of your guitar frets will determine how well the guitar play, and every time the strings are pressed against the frets, the friction changes the shape, causing them to wear out over time, showing dents or flattened frets. As this time goes on, this contact can lead to a string rattle or intonation issues.

Since the process is time-consuming, the costs can be high but worth it.  With so many variables,  the costs can depend on the professional doing the job, the amount of work that has to be done, what the guitar is made from and geographical location.  Also, the type of fingerboard and upgrading the nuts can add to the price.  For example, working with maple will cost more than working with a rosewood.  The same can be said with the strings since stainless steel frets are known to be more expensive to fit.

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How much does a re-fret cost?

Type of Re-fretAverage Price
Per fret$100 to $150 for one, but add $10 to $25 per additional fret during same job.
Full re-fret for unbound rosewood$300 to $350
Full re-fret for unbound maple$325 to $375
Full re-fret for bound rosewood$350 to $425
Full re-fret for bound maple$350 to $425
New nut with six string re-fret$50 to $100
New nut with 12 string re-fret$75 to $150
Refinishing the fingerboard (glossy look) with a re-fret$150 to $250
Refinishing the fingerboard (matte look) with a re-fret$100 to $200

What is going to be included?

How to re-fret a guitar

What are the extra costs?

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Average Reported Cost: $46.67

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. kevin h (murfreesboro,  TN) paid $40 and said:

    I went to the String Shop in Murfreesboro, this shop is great. I had the first five fretts replaced &a some frettboard repair on my J200 JR &a a complete refrett on my Les Paul. My guitars are like brand new again. The Les paul is a 1999 the J200 JR is a 1992. He will restring & buff a guitar $40.00 Each. I will get that next.

    Was it worth it? Yes

  2. Chan paid $100 and said:

    I recently had a fret job done on a 20+ years old Jackson Fusion that I had bought used. It turned out that the previous owner(s) had taken such bad care of it for the last 20 or more years that the frets (esp. 19-24 on the low B string) have become pretty worn down. The person who did it also included a setup/intonation job with it, which was probably necessary too given that little-to-no maintainence had been done on it by previous owner(s).

    Was it worth it? Yes

  3. John (Las Animas ,  Colorado) paid $ and said:

    I got a 1957 Acoustic Gretsch as a gift . I had 3 at one time 5 years someone broke in and Stole a Chet Atkins 1960 country gentlemen. they stole a lot Insurance payed 1/4 of what they were worth.
    The 1957 needs a fret job they are flat. I need to know what it would cost to re fret. It means a lot to me and the fret board is in beautiful shape no cracks or finger dents. It has Bronze frets It needs a few other things But I want to know a price a guess’

    Was it worth it? Yes

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