Gold Fret Wire??

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  1. Matt_Scogo

    Matt_Scogo Senior Member

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    Does anybody know where to get gold fret wire? Not get it installed, but purchase for build. Already checked Warmouth.
    Thanks:AOK
     
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    It would be quite costly if it were all gold, if it were a gold plate you would wear through it very quickly. Unless there is some alloy I don't know about they could mix in to make it appear gold.
     
  3. Jon Silberman

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    It's an alloy you now know about. :)
     
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    Wow, very interesting, tell me more.
     
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    Yeah... I know actual gold wouldn't work. Warmouth sells the service, but not the product. It is a nickel alloy. Hasn't anyone thought of this before??:NUTS
     
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    Bump that last e-mail... I found a dealer. It's a copper alloy that appears 24K gold. :dude :dude
     
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    I doubt its the exact mix/color as Warmuth offers but if you are looking for something BIG and HARD (gross) you can buy Warwick's "bell brass" fretwire directly from Dana B Goods. I've built a bass using this stuff and it has a nice light gold color. Problem is for guitars it is really really big, like 1.5x bigger than the biggest jumbo wire you've seen. It's also very expensive.
     
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    Thanks Scott, I'll check it out!:AOK
     
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    There's no nickel in it. It's just a super-hard copper/brass alloy. It's even a little harder than nickel-silver fret-wire. I've put it on a couple of guitars so far, so that's how I know. It's expensive, but not nearly as bad as that Warwick wire, which last time I looked into buying was around $80.00 (?) for just enough for one neck. I think the Warwick wire is considered to be "bell brass". I'm not sure if the wire I use would also be bell brass, but it must be something like that.
     
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    You don't even want gold wire. It wouldn't last 2 songs - way too soft. Dunlop makes some of their wire sizes in brass, mostly for classical guitars, for which nickel-silver wire would be too rough on strings.
     
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    There are 2 or 3 Thorns with Gold frets in the works at the moment. One of them is for yours truly and another is for another member here, so I'm sure we'll be reporting on it as soon as they get finished up. :)

    -e.
     
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    Hey Eric,

    Cool! I'd like to hear a report after 1 or 2 yrs. as to fret wear at that point. Also, I'm wondering what grade of gold ie: 10K or so Ron would use. Anything more pure just seems would be way too soft.:JAM
     
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    I should clarify, it's gold in appearance. An alloy as mentioned above.

    -e.
     
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    I was going to mention the warwick fretwire too, I would also note that you should try to find a supplier that has it IN STOCK! it took literally 1 year to order it from warwick at the store i work at... 1 year, well, just a bit over.

    But that'snitpicking innit?
     
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    "There are 2 or 3 Thorns with Gold frets in the works at the moment. One of them is for yours truly and another is for another member here, so I'm sure we'll be reporting on it as soon as they get finished up."

    One of those that Eric is speaking of is mine. Should be done in the next few weeks. I will certainly post some pics when it is completed.
     
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    What is the point of gold wire?

    Karma
     
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    I'll go out on a limb here and guess it's the same point as all gold hardware.
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