R8s come with period correct frets....Some folks like them some do not...this is well documented. In early June, I decided to have the guitar refretted to 59 spec fret wire. It was not a typical nor easy decision since the period correct frets were in excellent condition, cost matters and the R8 was already terrific . Now that the refret is completed and I have had it several weeks: 1. For me, It was the right thing to do. 2. IMO, the playability and feel are spectacularly upgraded. 3. given the right guitar, I would do it again...to say I am happy with the work and the results cannot be overstated...I do not miss the nibs from a playability or cosmetic point of view. I offer this for folks who might be on the fence...It may not be right for everyone...but it is right for me.