New Guitar...Stainless frets or Nickel?....How can you tell?

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  1. harritone

    harritone Supporting Member

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    Trying to tell if my new strat has stainless or nickel.....As I cannot do the magnet test...how can you tell if they are stainless or nickel?...Luster?...slickness?...Chemical test?....I was told they were nickel, but they look real shiny and feel slick
     
  2. snakestretcher

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    Nickel-silver will tarnish over time. Stainless steel won't. What brand is your guitar-Googling the spec should tell you what material the frets are made of.
     
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    The Jescar brand Nickel is pretty slick feeling and on my guitar has stayed untarnished, so a little difficult to tell on some frets if it's Stainless or not.

    There's probably a simple chemical test which will slightly oxidize the Nickel Frets but not the Stainless or oxidize them a different color depending on the Alloy but would be dangerous so I'm not going to get into it here.

    Many say the Stainless are very shiny and kind of "blue" ( but not the kind of Blue most would recognize- it's a real subtle shift ) or chrome color- but as said below if not there to compare both-a bit difficult.
     
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    I've never seen nickel, even new, as shiny and blinding as stainless steel. I never paid much attention but think it'd be easy to notice. Even on a brand new trem, I could tell the softer look of nickel parts vs. the stainless steel bling. But I guess if it's not right there to compare..
     
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    Let me play it for a couple of months. If it's got divots, they're nickel. :p

    JWW
     

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