Talking about fretwork.... My son bought a Squire Contemporary Starcaster (light metallic blue with active pickups). Guitar looked cool, but its frets were horrible. Not even my sponge sander trick would help to fix the sharp fretends. Plus it had some deadspots.
I usually take my guitars to Tim at Music Castle on Woodward, south of 12 mile road. Tim closed up shop last September, but thankfully, he gave me his cell number and still does work on the side. Took my son's guitar to his house, had frets leveled and crowned, addressed the nut, and gave it a proper setup all for $70.