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Dumb question! Is there such a thing as black frets?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mettec, May 14, 2006.


  1. mettec

    mettec

    Aug 22, 2005
    Minneapolis
    I would be interested to know if there is such a thing as black frets. The reason I am asking is that I totally love the Nino Valenti black bass pictured on The Valenti Tread but fretted with black frets, black strings, and blue side position LED's.
     
  2. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Nope.

    If you take a visit to the Luthier's Corner, you'll find a very current thread about colored frets and why we don't see them.
     
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    You could probably get fretwire anodized or powdercoated in black, but the colorant would wear away (and probably chip off) from normal playing. Maybe if you used black tapewound strings it would take a little longer to wear away the anodization, but it would wear eventually.
     
  4. Is it possible to use graphite for frets or would that wear too quickly.
     
  5. ibz

    ibz

    Apr 14, 2005
    Columbus, OH
    That's an interesting idea, I'm sure there's a carbon compound out there that's hard enough or even harder for frets, but what might be the benifit of having them (color aside)?
     
  6. HELLonWHEELS

    HELLonWHEELS Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2005
    Houston
    warmoth sells gold frets
     
  7. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY

    They're brass alloy.
     

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