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Fret wear with Cobalts?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by mmbongo, May 28, 2012.

  1. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    So now that the Cobalts have been out a little while, has anyone been keeping an eye on fretwear? Last night I replaced the ones I've had on my Warwick for 2 months and noticed a lot of brass shavings left on the fretboard from the strings grinding on the frets. Never noticed that with other strings I've used (normally I use Nickels).
  2. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    I wondered about this myself. If Cobalt is a harder metal than Nickel, it will be like Stainless and be tougher on your frets.

    I don't have much interest in the Cobalts...i'm pretty happy with the Nickel offerings out there.
  3. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    I've had Cobalts on my Fbass VF5 for a month now. Like the sound of 'em, and they last pretty well.

    I usually use stainless rounds. So far I haven't noticed a difference in fret wear, but a month (two nights a week gigging, plus a rehearsal, and some woodshedding time) might not be enough to show.
  4. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    They haven't really worn down the frets on my Squier Mike Dirnt.

    I always thought the brass frets on Warwicks were a lot sturdier than the standard issue Fender nickel frets.

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