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Fret replacement

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Wayne-R, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. Wayne-R

    Wayne-R NEW MEMBER!

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    Sep 11, 2017
    Texas
    I`m getting my 73 re-fretted, but I know little about it, what is the difference between nickel and stainless frets. I've only been playing about three years and still have much to learn.
     

  2. Tommy Biggs

    Tommy Biggs Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 17, 2010
    Northern NJ
    I won't speak about nickel vs stainless, but getting my 78 refretted was fantastic for me.
    I did not do stainless, but I did go up in fret size to 6100 wire.
    Good luck, I hope you play so much that you have to get it refretted again some day!
     
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  3. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    I don't know about any perceived tone differences but the stainless frets would probably outlive you by decades.

    Stainless is MUCH harder to work with.
    I was building a custom guitar for a guy and late in the game he casually told me 'i want stainless frets on it '.
    "Who you gonna get to do that? " I asked.
    Expect to pay way more for something that is probably a non-issue.
     

  4. tessting1two

    tessting1two Tele-Meister

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    Apr 13, 2014
    Southern California
    Honestly stainless isn't that big of a deal these days. There are better tools available and the techniques are being refined as more and more customers request them. The cost difference should be negligible but certainly worth it as they will likely be the last frets you ever need install on that guitar. They feel great too.
     

  5. Speedfish

    Speedfish TDPRI Member

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    Feb 24, 2015
    Southern United States
    Hopefully your luthier knows to hammer the old frets out sideways verses pulling them straight up off the board.
     
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  6. Nick Fanis

    Nick Fanis Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 3, 2003
    Athens-GREECE
    Stainless is much better option, any repairman/ luthier worth his salt should only charge you marginally more for SS frets than regular frets.
     

  7. Ooba Tooba

    Ooba Tooba Tele-Meister

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    Jul 10, 2017
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    I can't recall the source, but read of a higher end builder (Sadowski?) who believed stainless frets sounded lifeless and the few times he used them was asked to rip them out to put nickel back in.
     

  8. Ooba Tooba

    Ooba Tooba Tele-Meister

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    Jul 10, 2017
    Toledo Ohio USA
    Yep, Sadowsky. E Van Halen quote here as well saying there is no difference tone wise. Others say stainless sounds "brighter"
    http://www.online-discussion.com/Suhr/viewtopic.php?t=5700
     

  9. rob2

    rob2 Tele-Meister

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    Apr 25, 2009
    Cork,Ireland
    See what Speedfish says above?.....very important,more important than what you put back o
    n really...
     

  10. tessting1two

    tessting1two Tele-Meister

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    Apr 13, 2014
    Southern California
    Yep, every Fender before '83 or '84 when Dan Smith changed the process. This should be common, institutional knowledge for anyone in the repair business that charges money for fretwork but sadly this is often not the case.
     

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