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Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Husky, Nov 23, 2016.
sounds like a cheap motel ...
Gotta be beach themed, gross plastic flamingos everywhere, maybe a sketchy bar where they serve seafood even though it's landlocked in the Midwest
My body chemistry is probably not as bad as yours but yes, I do have issues with corrosion on my strings. It can get very bad during the summer, to the point where I had to use Gorgomyte on my frets every 3-4 gigs.
Have NEVER had that happen with my SS fretted guitars. For the better part of a year I used my SS fretted Les Paul as my main gigging guitar. I have never cleaned the frets and they still look & feel like they just got polished.
One thing not mentioned so far, is that some people have nickel allergies, so SS would be better for them.
They are more difficult for the builder for sure, more wear on tools. We used to charge extra until we figured them out, after that it wasn't enough of a pain to have an extra charge anymore. I also like that they don't corrode in stores especially in salty humid areas with customers playing them like nickel can if not wiped down after every use.
That looks like rift swn to me. the problem with rift and flat on a headstock with an angle is you are looking for a headstock snap. Most builders will shoot for 1/4swn on those types of builds to avoid a break along the grain line.
I have a Suhr Scott Henderson and the only thing I'd change is it would have SS frets. I miss the feel.
Thanks to those who provided input on cost. The other day I chatted with this guy...he stopped doing SS fret jobs due to wear on his tools. He said over the years he had done many...in fact his own 74 strat has SS frets and he is happy with them. So...I guess I will just do the NS frets again but I am contemplating going up a size.
Question for strat players who do lots of leadwork (bending)...This '73 has always had vintage fretwire and a 7.25 radius maple fretboard.
The Fender website lists the following for fretwire:
- Vintage Style = 0.083 wide / 0.045 tall) and pre bent to 7.25 radius"
- Standard (Med-Jumbo) = 0.103 wide / 0.046 tall and pre bent to 9.5" radius
- Jumbo = 0.090 wide / 0.055 tall and pre bent to 12" radius
Pretty sure my Am Std Tele has Med-Jumbo. I enjoy playing the tele during gigs too but this strat has always been my #1.
Any input on going with beefier wire for the strat...benefits of bigger wire vs drawbacks for a lead player?
In my experience it is individual. I had med jumbo put on my AV 62 RI strat. Loved em. When I was thinking about selling, a friend came over, tried it out and said the frets were like speed bumps to him and he hated it. Ultimately the reason he walked away. Good for me, bad for someone else.
I have sold all my SS fretted guitars due to the plinky tone thing, 2 Suhrs and 2 Tuttles.
I WANT to love them, and I do love the slinky feel. But I definitely have noticed the tonal and attack artifacts. Could be the way I play, I dunno but for now at least I love highly polished nickel silver.
That's drastic when a refret would cure it for you.
Personally if you go tall I like to go wide too. UNLESS it is a really round radius then I like tall and narrow. I really like our heavy which is one step smaller than a jumbo, maybe a hair lower than 6100
True. If I still lived in NC where I had a first rate tech...
I agree totally re the Suhr "heavy" frets (6150?)...my favorites. Love my older Suhrs with NS...
I just received my first neck with SS frets from USACG. Once I get the body next week and bolt them together, I will finally be able to make my mind up for myself and stop losing sleep reading this thread.
yeah, but aftermarket necks haven't been properly leveled; this might not be a fair test of ss frets, i wouldn't be surprised if it did sound plinky and buzzy until it was properly leveled and polished.
I'm getting that done. My last USACG neck didn't need much work, but the edges on this one are pretty rough in places.
No need to lose sleep over this, either! But, I know how it is...
What size frets did you get? Radius?
vintage frets, 7.25", "U" profile .92 to .97, dark indian rosewood, 21 frets, clay dots. pretty much as old skool as you can get, other than the stainless steel.
This is why I asked. I have 10-16" compound radius and 6100SS jumbo frets. The fact they are both made of stainless steel probably won't be the most important in this equation...
I just bought a new guitar and one of the reasons was for its SS's-I had a Tele a few back that someone had put them on,and I was impressed at their feel and dramatic longevity.
- don't they make heavier-duty luthiers tools for these now? I can understand their side of the story, but if I buy a new guitar with nickel frets i will visibly wear some down a bit within about 3-4ish months... I'm talking about Fenders though, and maybe they use a softer material than other manufacturers.
... I also use regular nickel alloy strings and really do not mind the prospect of changing them more often, even standard nickel frets start chewing through especially the D string for me pretty soon.