My blue MIM's frets are pretty beat - they were that way when I got it. Mostly divots under hte high string down in the cowboy-chord area. Also, they are the older MIM vintage frets, and I'd prefer medium-jumbo.
I hear that refretting a maple neck is a PITA, requires refinishing, more expensive than a MIM neck is worth, yadda, yadda, yadda. Even if I had somebody refret it, I have more work to do. There are a couple bad dings in the back of the neck that I need to drop-fill and sand out.
On the other hand, I like the idea of keeping the guitar whole. It was a mess when I got it, mostly problems due to an f'ed up neck pocket. I fixed that on my own, shimmed the neck, put on a 3-saddle Wilky bridge, and the guitar came alive. I've kinda gotten attached to the guitar as-is, because of how my work paid off.
On the other other hand, I'm thinking a rosewood board would look good on this axe. I normally think Fenders should ha ve maple, but the rosewood would really work well on the light blue body. I'm thinking a MIM Standard or Blacktop Tele neck off eBay.
Meh... pluses and minuses. Anyway, just so I know; what's a maple neck refret worth? How much extra is that over a comparable rosewood-board job?