how long before you noticed bad fret wear?

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  1. still.ill

    still.ill Member

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    on your number 1 guitar???
     
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    10 years. I just deal with it. I think mine can be dressed a couple more times. I hate the idea of fret repacement. Ive heard the guitar wont sound the same
     
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    At the rate that I wear the frets on my guitar, It will be ready for a refret in 5 years. But, it will only need the first 4 frets done, lol.
     
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    My strat was leveled and crowned once before I got it and I was able to do it once more before I needed to have frets replaced. I think guitars with neck binding are harder to replace frets on than those without the binding.

    I found my older strat worked even better when I had frets replaced. A good tech can do wonders.
     
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    what type of strings do you use??
    and when did the wear seem to start affecting playability?
     
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    my prs is starting to loose some, i think i might get em re crowned but its about 5 years worth of play on them. i will be going stainless though!
     
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    to the guys who have it closer to 5 years... what strings do you use?
     
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    I think it is alot more about how much you bend than anything. I'mm just a rhythm player so don't do alot of solos or hard bends. My frets dont' wear out fast at all. My son does lead guitar and bends hard all the time. He has worn frets out to the point he really needs a fret leveling and crown with 2 years of play time. I have no experience with the stainless fretwire and didn't do that with my strat because I wanted mine to be original fender look and feel.
     
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    Yeah i think its more because i do mega vibrato and bend constantly.

    I abuse the **** out of the frets on my guitars.

    I have always used regular D'Addario XLs until recently i started using Dunlop.

    My guitars with Stainless Frets are as fresh as flowers. No Fret wear at all.

    Ive also get my regular frets recrowned every year, They tend to get flat and it affects tuning.

    If i get my PRS recrowned, it will be the last time before they get too low and ill need a refret.

    BTW strings wont ruin your frets, its usually the other way around. Unless of course, your Dave Tronzo.
     
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    I use super slinkys 9s.I guess it was about 5 years ago i had the frets crowned / dressed up. the guitar is a 97 CS esquire so iam due again. The stainless have me interested. Its really the first four that have flattened out. It would be cool if they came out with a string that does'nt effect frets. I think frets are the weakest link on any guitar.
     

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