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nickel vs stainless steel frets

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by AB53211, Sep 24, 2005.

  1. AB53211


    Apr 15, 2004
    Is there any huge difference between the two? Do they sound the same? (yes, I'm a neck "n00b" :smug: )
  2. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Might be... I think I can hear a bit of a difference with bell brass, but might be because it's W that uses it and so I can't really compare just the fret material. Anyway, the difference in sound will not be striking, imo; however, their hardness is another question
  3. elwood

    elwood there is no spoo

    Jul 25, 2001
    Mid-Hudson Valley, NY
    Does anyone other than Parker use stainless steel?
  4. Tom Anderson Guitarworks uses them on everything, and Carvin offers them as an option.
  5. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    That's what I'll be using when the time comes. Nothing like having to do a complete refret a couple years down the line...