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Doc Sarvis
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Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Feb 17th, 2017 06:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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.

Leftee
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Feb 17th, 2017 08:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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.

Peegoo
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Feb 18th, 2017 07:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"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.

Cymbaline

Charlotte, NC

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

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   Print Topic   Search Topic

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)

Leftee
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Mar 8th, 2017 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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

Cal-Woody

USA/California

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

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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