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How can you tell chrome from nickel?

pennylink

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Without having a degree in metallurgy, how do you guys tell the difference between chrome and nickel when guitar hardware is shiny and new?
 

mark norwine

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hold them side-by-side under strong light

Nickel will reflect a (comparatively) yellow hue
Chrome will reflect a (comparatively) blue hue
 

TresGatos

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cool blue = chrome.
not blue = good chrome or nickel
warm brown = nickel

Some Gibsons have beautiful soft hue chrome that without a nickel reference you'd never know it was chrome and not nickel.

I have all my custom hardware done in nickel. Most clients don't care unless they want it to age/relic.
 




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