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Nickel vs Chrome Hardware

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Kayle McGuire, Dec 3, 2017.

  1. Oldgitplayer

    Oldgitplayer Tele-Meister

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    Nov 24, 2009
    Brit in Australia
    My ES 335 is 28 years old now with every bit of metal on it dull, dull nickel. I like it far better than my other guitars with their shiny chrome hardware. I think I have a nickel soul. There might just be a song line there .............
     
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  2. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    Aesthetically, I don't have a significant preference - Nickel probably shades it, slightly.

    However, I have a friend who has a Nickel allergy - a form of dermatitis that brings him out in a rash if his skin touches the stuff. I know what he'd go for - and it wouldn't be Nickel.
     

  3. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    There was a Plating Shop just a couple blocks from where I once stayed on Bienville, in Mid City. What I learned was, not all nickel plating is the same, and not all chrome plating is the same. So, there can be a range of colors to the nickel - it can be more greenish than yellow, sometimes and sometimes it is just more of a warm grey. The "hue" of chrome is more confined, but defects are strikingly obvious when burs and die marks and so forth are just plated over. Nickel has a resilient toughness to it but chrome is much harder, and it is brittle I would say and chrome flakes or delaminates rather than getting so scuffed up.
     

  4. Fatstring

    Fatstring TDPRI Member

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    Nov 23, 2017
    Denver, Colorado
    Agree with what LowCaster said, like Nickel, but built Chrome on my Warmoth Tele because it's what's more consistently available across part sources, particularly Fender authentic parts.

    Funny thing is, for Fender Tele's while nickel "seems" more retro, chrome actually is, from what I have seen.
     

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