I knew it! There’s a perfectly good reason for having so many.I honestly don't know. If anything, I think I wear Fender frets faster, but the fret profile likely makes a big difference. I really don't have a problem with wearing frets. I guess I spread my playing over too many guitars.
Yeah, but I'll give you a hint... it appears that despite eras, batches and models... not aftint things much.It’s impossible to generalize this because they change suppliers regularly, and sometimes use different suppliers for different lines from the same manufacturer.
There’s at least one supplier that makes frets that look like they have a brushed finish rather than being shiny and smooth. They appear a lot on sub ~$200 guitars, but I’ve also seen them on guitars from the Gibson custom shop. Those are absolute garbage.
I have no idea what that means...not aftint things much.
Just waiting for the results...Ok, so I intentionally havent mentioned anything other than Fender and Squire fret wire. Other brands and designs, I'm sure, are different. I just wanted to get a feel for where everyone stands before I post the results of the tests I ran. I tested several vintage Fender frets (pre and post CBS) and some newer ones. I also tested multiple samples of Squier fret wire from over the years. I did PMI (positive material identification) testing which gives me a breakdown of the elements used and type of metal. I also did hardness testing (Brinell Hardness).
Results may surprise you...