Stainless Steel vs Nickel Silver

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  1. Ayrton

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    I have not noticed any decrease in string life, and if anything I would think the less friction would increase the life.
     
  2. macatt

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    Same here.
    Smoother frets; less friction.

    S Mac
     
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    I find the feel is more different than the sound. The feel is slicker with ss frets as there is no resistance at all.
     
  5. LReese

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    Point taken. It was just a comparison.

    From what i remember, sounded good either way, just a little different.

    I'd say you're even going to hear/feel a difference with worn Nickel-Silver frets vs a perfect, fresh nickel silver fret job. How much? Who knows?
     
  6. HoboMan

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    Exact opposite for me. I've found that strings last longer because SS frets don't get that "oxidation" crud on them like NS frets.
     
  7. HoboMan

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    I think the difference in feel that people a feeling is the lack of oxidation crud that forms on NS frets.
    A freshly set of cleaned & polished NS frets will feel slick. Some people like the feel and some people prefer the feel after playing the guitar a while and the oxidation starts to form.

    If you like the feel of a freshly polished NS frets you'll love SS frets. That's what what they feel like every time you play the guitar.
     
  8. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    Oh, now we’re dumping on oxidation crud?

    :p
     
  9. Ron Kirn

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    while that could be an issue on rarely played guitars, on one played with the regularity characteristic of a professional, it would not be an issue. The act of playing will abrade away any accumulated oxidation that may have developed in the day or so since the last paying..

    and on a rarely played guitar the metal to metal contact made by the string encountering the fret's crown would remove any crud... while the initial few times may feel subtly different, after a few moments, any oxidation will be ground away, the top of the fret "burnished" by the string, and the tactile interface should be status quo.

    it's for that reason it's not really necessary to polish frets.. just a hit with a fine grade sand paper will do.. then play the guitar for a few minutes, that will burnish 'em smooth, however, the polished frets do look so much better.

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