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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Don’s fret the fretting

hushnel
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Aug 15th, 2019 11:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

Why are there so many freaking options for frets and what does it mean for the bass guitar. I’ve never considered what the frets where on any instrument I’ve ever bought. It’s always been frets, yes or no.

I find that some of the top end custom bass shops are using banjo fret wire, some even mention Mandolin fret wire. Then you got jumbo in a half a dozen configurations.

I assume the purpose of Stainless Steel is for durability, would thinner frets, if all the hoopla is correct, be more durable if they were stainless steel, What about hand feel, is this all subjective musician stuff or can it be quantified?



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Aug 15th, 2019 02:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

It is totally subjective. You go with what feels best for you. If it doesn't matter to you, then it doesn't matter, and anyone that tells you differently is selling something.

I can play comfortably on just about any fret size, but when I order a custom neck for myself, I usually get jumbo (wide) wire because it lasts longer than thin stuff. But since the advent of SS wire, the width really doesn't matter. I'm a critter of habit though.

Best approach is to play different wire sizes and see if it makes a difference in feel to you.

hushnel
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Aug 15th, 2019 04:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have all kinds of fretted instruments, I have around 9 feet of fret wire I used for ukuleles I’ve built, I’ll have to measure it and see what I got. I’ve never really noticed any difference between all the assorted frets I play.
I was looking at some bass necks Warmoth has in stock and they expect me to choose a fret wire. It got me thinking about it.
I’ve got plenty of Mahogany (10/2 by 12 foot), I’ve had it for at least 10 years, maybe I should just build a new neck, I still have that Brazilian rosewood that was given to me last year. I’ve been jonesing for P/J bass for awhile now, it may be cheaper to use what I have and just build it from scratch. I have good tuners and a bridge in stock, even a duel adjustable truss rod.

Just thinking out loud.



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Aug 15th, 2019 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

As good as Warmoth stuff is, it will not have the magic mojo of a neck youmade in your own shop.

hushnel
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Aug 15th, 2019 04:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’m gonna do, I’ve built 32” scale fretless necks and short scale necks with frets, it’s not rocket science plus I’m kind of cheating with the StewMac Fingerboard Fret slotting jig and templates.

ejm

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Aug 15th, 2019 05:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Your problem is you're dealing with bass players.

Guitar players don't get obsessive with these kinds of things.


hushnel
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Aug 15th, 2019 07:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just the one, me “o) I’ve never taken fret wire into consideration purchasing or building an instrument. I kind of figured guitar players would have more insight to the peculiarities of custom fret wire.

Just curious why so many different fret wires are available. I get the durability issue, why would anyone select lower mileage wire other than manufacturers pinching pennies.

Te 52

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Aug 15th, 2019 08:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wide fret wire: more comfortable for sliding.

Low fret wire: good for in-tune-chords (intonation).

Tall fret wire: friendlier for extreme bending, but can cause intonation problems.

Those are the three things that stand out for me.

I play a lot of chord-melody style on guitar and move up and down the neck a lot, so I favor Gibson-style wire, wide and low.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 02:10 PM, Aug 18th, 2019)

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