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Brass Frets?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Wxp4759cb, Feb 26, 2002.


  1. Wxp4759cb

    Wxp4759cb

    Nov 23, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    Why do companies like warwick use brass frets? What is the advantage? Better sound? Last longer?
    Thanks,
     
  2. bass2020

    bass2020

    Aug 27, 2000
    Memphis, TN
    They last longer and look better.
    They say it adds sustain.
     
  3. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    According to Warwick, they will tarnish. I haven't had my Streamer long enough to notice this though... perhaps it takes months rather than days. :cool:
     
  4. Wxp4759cb

    Wxp4759cb

    Nov 23, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    If the main reason is for lasting longer, why doesn't anyone use steel frets, wouldn't those last forever?
     
  5. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Too difficult to install.
     
  6. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz

    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    parker uses steel frets.


    i just de-tarnished my SSII's frets...so shiny!


    supposedly they last alot longer - i use stainless lo riders so they're not exactly nice to frets, but still i've noticed average wear, nothing spectacular.


    BUT - warwick cuts their fret slots at the same radius as the fingerboard, not straight, so there's no air pocket underneath the frets. neat, huh?


    jason
     
  7. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Very cool engineering feat!

    Question though: is there really a benefit to this extra engineering?

    Still neat, though;)
     
  8. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    Aren't they[frets] cymbal brass? I heard that on here a while back...
     
  9. air_leech

    air_leech

    Sep 1, 2000
    Israel
    Jason,
    what did you use on them?
     
  10. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz

    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    when i used guitar honey to clean the fingerboard, i just spent a little extra time and elbow grease to make sure i got the frets clean, worked great! they're as shiny as my gold hardware!


    jason
     
  11. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    US-NY-NYC
    Warwick's frets are an alloy that they call "bell brass." Aren't "regular" frets made of Nickel Silver? Nickel Silver is actually another brass (65% Cu, 17% Zn, 18% Ni).
     
  12. Keeps the fret ends flush with the cut.
    Better seating and contact with the fretboard.
    No gaps in the Kerf.


    They are a extra hard alloy that was orginially developed for bells. German's make the finest bells in the world so the metal is available and the technology transfer made good sense.

    The "bell frets" are said to last 4x's longer then the standard types.