Originally Posted by yellow
what is the going rate for a fret dress (grind and polish, leveling, crowning with a basic setup)? I've been quoted $100, but I just wanted to make sure I'm not overpaying.
I'm not from NYC, but depending on the quality of the work, 100$ is a good price. I pay 175$ for this type of job but you should understand why. I only take my guitars to the absolute best shop in the area. I've tried every Guitar Center and the Sam Ash in town, as well as 2 other small shops, but the guys I use really care about their work and it shows.
Their 175$ price also includes completely taking apart the tremolo, oiling all the parts, cleaning everything, rounding out any rough edges on saddles/locking nut, replacing rusty screws, gorgomyte treatment, etc. Yes, I could pay 100$ at Guitar Center, but I prefer to pay more for better quality work.