|It is better to have an older neck refretted, than to buy a new neck because an older neck is usually much more stable than a new neck. A new neck will often develop humps and twists during the first couple of years, then you'll need to have the fret-board re-shaped to get the neck to play it's best. Just have an older neck refretted by someone who really knows what they're doing. It will cost about the same as buying a new neck, but it will end up being better than a new neck. A new neck often needs the frets to be leveled, so consider that too. It's unlikely that you'll find a new neck in the 150-250 price range that will play as well as a neck that's been reshaped with a 'neck-jig'.