Stainless Steel Frets – Do They Make a Difference?
Mertay
Sep 9 2021, 02:49 PM
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Darius Wave
Sep 9 2021, 04:27 PM
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For me they do - It's even more noticable in reality than in video comparisons. They have some kind of "fizzy" transient in tone...nto sure how to call it. But it's not tham much critical difference. Personally I prefer the tone of regular nickel/silver frets but I think for the instrument that is constantly in use, especially for practise and live gigs, steinless steel is a good choice.

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They are a bit brighter but they last forever.
I tried them on one guitar. Didn't like them.
A very expensive experiment.

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QUOTE (klasaine @ Sep 9 2021, 05:29 PM) *
They are a bit brighter but they last forever.
I tried them on one guitar. Didn't like them.
A very expensive experiment.

you don't know what your are talking about laugh.gif
To me it feels smooth , don't notice any tone , after playing stainless when I switch back I can actually feel the strings scratching the frets

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Sep 10 2021, 02:35 AM
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QUOTE (jstcrsn @ Sep 9 2021, 03:56 PM) *
you don't know what your are talking about laugh.gif
To me it feels smooth , don't notice any tone , after playing stainless when I switch back I can actually feel the strings scratching the frets


What can I say, my ears are different than yours.
They did feel great though.

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I have them on my Parker - and I absolutely love them for playability. Bending/vibrato feels frictionless!

This is partly also due to the frets being high. But there is no doubt the surface of these frets are so much smoother than standard frets.

For tone...not so much though 🧐 My parker has a slightly weird tone, and it doesn't seem to matter what pickups I put in it. Could be down to the all-maple body and graphite fretboard (etc) though.

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As long as they are SUPER JUMBO I don't care what they are made of smile.gif "

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Darius Wave
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QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Sep 10 2021, 06:57 AM) *
I have them on my Parker - and I absolutely love them for playability. Bending/vibrato feels frictionless!


That is actually more a problem of fret finish. Many guitar go out from the factory with little sharp fret crowns. That's becasue:

1. They don't want to risk lowering the top and loose fret level

2. It takes time of individual work to get it nice and smooth being very careful at the same time.

In other words it's most often a "factory compromise" but when you give your guitar form individual setup/fret leveling etc, luthier will make you get nice and smooth fret surface no matter on the material. These days I get a lot of this kind of work. There are also some kind of weird frets in some of cheap guitars. They tend to "loose the grain" whiel they get lot's of heat (due to sanding process). You can polish them all day and the will still feel like a metal file for the strings. You need to wet sand them or use a steel wool. Endless topic.

Anyway....that should not be considered a different feature of stainless frets smile.gif

As for wear off...there are also different models of stainless frets. I don't want to point the brands to hurt anybody in anyway but I had experience with stainless that were not wearing off fast as regular frets. At the same time other brand can really last forever if you are average player. There are people who need to refret stainless frets after 2 years! I don't know how it's possible but some do play that hard.


Sooo...still very hard to make any hard rules.

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