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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Stainless frets on a Strat?

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Santee CA

Poser extraordinaire
Jan 8th, 2016 04:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

What Peegoo said, well not necessarily exactly like he said it. :-)

Whatever miniscule brightness the SS frets might add to the sound, you should be able to EQ it out pretty easily.

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Irishman in Paris

Forget Tone - go with Note Choice
Jan 9th, 2016 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

Most the people I know with SS frets say any tonal difference is no bigger than the random differences between any two otherwise similar guitars. Unless people are told before hand about the frets they are playing, they cannot tell the difference.

But the real experts can tell the difference and it has nothing to do with tone...

Clicky Herey

E.C. Strat


Woke up this mornin.....
Feb 23rd, 2016 05:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I recently played a friends with SS & holy smoke 11's felt like 9's. Defo go that route if I was building the dream neck.

FDP Data Goon

When I sin

I sin real good
Feb 23rd, 2016 06:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

I can't tell the difference in sound on fret material on the guitars I've played.

Then again, I *like* stainless strings.

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Feb 23rd, 2016 06:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like stainless steel frets so much that I had both necks on my CS Fenders refretted with stainless by Our Monsta Brutha wrnchbndr.

He is a *wizard* with this, and it would've been a bargain even if he had charged me twice what he charged to do the work.

Don't tell him I said that.

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Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Jul 26th, 2016 03:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was recently offered the option on a strat I'm having refretted and neck refinished but the cost was a bit prohibitive to me.

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United States

Jul 27th, 2016 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

I took a Strat in for an estimate on a stainless refret. I wanted them to keep the fingerboard finish (the guitar has sentimental value) and I was quoted $680 for the job. It can indeed be cost-prohibitive!


Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Jul 29th, 2016 05:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'd get another estimate on that fret job.

That's outrageous!

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San Francisco, CA

Jul 29th, 2016 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have had several of my acoustics refretted with SS frets and noticed zero change in tone. For me, it's the only way to go from here to the finish line.

My shop charged $100 extra to do the refrets in SS. Small premium to pay given the added longevity.


(This message was last edited by 6L6 at 11:20 AM, Jul 29th, 2016)


Charlotte, NC

Shiny dog
Aug 5th, 2016 12:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

My Warmoth partsocaster has SS frets, and I would never have it any other way. I've played the crap out of it for years and no wear whatsoever. As far as tonal differences I have no idea, but mine sounds great.

old time fender player

United States

Sep 22nd, 2016 11:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

the only issue with stainless frets is they are hard. this makes installation more difficult and leveling and dressing are a little more problematic.

old time fender player

United States

Sep 22nd, 2016 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

i do refrets on old fender necks quite often. 250 for a rosewood and 350 for maple. 50 extra for stainless frets. that 650 quote was a bit much.


Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Feb 17th, 2017 05:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

I can see it being more expensive on a maple neck strat where you have to protect or replace the finish during a refret, but yeah, 650 is an "I really don't want to do it" price..

Doc Sarvis
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USA/Salt Lake City

Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Feb 17th, 2017 06:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

I determined that SS frets were sterile sounding after listening to a guy play a Parker Fly in a bar. It could have been a hundred other reasons his setup sounded that way but I've avoided SS frets ever since.

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Feb 17th, 2017 08:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I built a Warmoth Strat (pics in profile) and I got the gold-colored frets made with the hi-fa-lootin' alloy that looks all gold and is almost as hard as SS.

I'm a fan. They are sooper smoov and look great and I'll never wear them out. Some day I'll biome its Tele brother and I'll order those again.

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The spotlight

looks like a prison break
Feb 18th, 2017 07:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I determined that SS frets were sterile sounding after listening to a guy play a Parker Fly in a bar."

I had pizza once. It was terrible, so I've never eaten it again :o)

Doc! You really gotta try SS frets. When they're done right--they really do make a positive difference. If you're a string bender, the difference is huge. The strings slide like tires on wet ice.


Charlotte, NC

Shiny dog
Mar 2nd, 2017 09:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've had SS frets on my Warmoth Strat for years and they're still brand new even though I play the crap out of it. Regular frets would be all divoted and worn by now. That decided it for me - Not having SS frets is a deal breaker for me for now on.

Mike the marksman

Kansas City, MO

Mar 8th, 2017 10:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm interested in Jescar EVO gold fretwite for a musikraft build I'm planning. It's a special alloy that's harder than nickel but a bit softer than stainless, and it's supposedly easier on fretting tools than SS.

I love the idea of frets that don't wear and could conceivably last forever, and would be willing to put up with a little "plinkiness" for that benefit.

(This message was last edited by Mike the marksman at 12:03 PM, Mar 8th, 2017)

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Mar 8th, 2017 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mike. That's the frets I mentioned above. Love them!



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Mar 8th, 2017 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Jescar gold fret wire is what I want to install on my Takamine acoustic guitar. I have worn down the frets on that guitar and was wondering how hard it was to work with? I have done stainless steel frets on my Epiphone Les Paul, and the fret wire was a little more effort to use but how hard was the EVO fret wire to cut and polish? Easier than stainless steel?
I ordered the stainless steel from Warmouth and it was pre-radiused to 12". Good stuff!

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