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Alternative fret materials.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by dudemeister, Oct 31, 2002.


  1. I just had a thought:
    Are there frets in other materials than metal?
    How would for instance carbon fibre frets sound?Would they last more than five minutes or are there any other materials that would work better?
     
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    I've seen some made from different materials, but always metal.
    Magnesium, aluminum, bronze, ...
     
  3. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    I do believe it is possible to have wooden frets... but I don't see much point in that at all..
     
  4. Danny Ferrington built an acoustic bass with wooden frets (ebony) for Don Was.
    there's a track featuring it on the CD with the Ferrington guitars book- a woody;) quasi-fretless sound.

    British company Bond built a guitar with a graphite neck and fingerboard, featuring steps moulded into the board to act as frets.

    but I think most non-metallic fret materials wouldn't last long with a set of Roto swing bass rounds grinding into them.
     
  5. boomerang

    boomerang Guest

    Dec 9, 2001
    Canada
    Warwick of course, uses bell brass.