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matt r
post Aug 9 2009, 06:46 PM
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Hey, i just built a new guitar with nickel frets, i play nickel strings and unfortunately i seem to be wearing the frets down already..... i wore the frets down pretty badly on my strat after only four years of having it. i mean im not playing stainless steel strings or anything, so im pretty confident that it must be due to my bending and vibrato technique. occasionally after playing pretty hard i can actually see little silver flakes on the fretboard, i dont know maybe i have some sort of acidic alien hand sweat or something of that nature. Anyone have similar problems? solutions?


someone save my baby from flat frets :-X
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post Aug 9 2009, 06:58 PM
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Hey, i just built a new guitar with nickel frets, i play nickel strings and unfortunately i seem to be wearing the frets down already..... i wore the frets down pretty badly on my strat after only four years of having it. i mean im not playing stainless steel strings or anything, so im pretty confident that it must be due to my bending and vibrato technique. occasionally after playing pretty hard i can actually see little silver flakes on the fretboard, i dont know maybe i have some sort of acidic alien hand sweat or something of that nature. Anyone have similar problems? solutions?


someone save my baby from flat frets :-X


You might be onto something. A lot of guys talk about strings going bad. Mine never go bad. I also do a lot of bending and vibrato and bending. No problem with frets, and I play a lot. Might be your chemistry. Parker has stainless steel frets. Maybe next time you go with those type of frets, if you refret.
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post Aug 9 2009, 10:48 PM
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Stainless steel frets are good investment, yeah.
Btw, you said you built it on your own,
what material did you use for frets?


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post Aug 10 2009, 12:21 AM
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Hmm I don't know if "acid" from hands causes frets to wear but I heard it does a lot of damage to strings....I think its you playing style - bends, vibrato, hard fretting that causes wear. I think you should have gone with stainless steal for frets when you built the guitar - for longer life...


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Refreting is what you should do now. If you can do it yourself again it won't cost you much, only the frets. This time get the stainless steel ones.


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