Well, it seems like Derry has my current thinking on this, and Sasquatch51 what I think the luthier was thinking. This has never been done on this guitar, but then, how bad WERE the frets? That's part of my problem. I don't have anything to compare with, no experience really. I've owned this guitar for so long, without playing or even seeing any other guitars, that I have no feel for what's good, bad or indifferent.
Let's say you could file them down 3 times, but at what intervals? What if my grooves were so deep that it will require the equivalent of a 4th filing to get them level again? See what I mean?
This is just impossible. I could see Hybrid completely destroying the frets on his guitar in two weeks, compared with the way I play. (I figure he plays about 7000 notes for every one of mine, given the same amount of practice time.
) I played this guitar, oh, let's say, the equivalent of 3 hours per day for 10 years, at an average of Level V technique. How much fret damage is that? Once again, a new variable creeps in...how hard do I mash on the fretboard?
I'm descending into despair -- the luthier hasn't responded to my email yet. Hopefully, he's out snowmobiling or something.
No -- mood shift -- he's a good luthier. He wouldn't give me back an unplaybale guitar, right? I mean -- it might feel a little different, but will I really be able to tell? Maybe it will feel better!
Sigh. I'll let you know how this turns out shortly.