Getting SS frets installed next week..?

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  1. jannodude

    jannodude Tele-Holic

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    I found a guitar luthier who is reputable and also affordable.I decided to have my main guitar refretted with SS frets (Jescar SS/medium jumbo).

    I was debating whether to buy a new guitar or upgrade my current #1.

    Do y’all have any experience with SS frets?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. -Hawk-

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    I have SS med-jumbos in an MJT build. Nothing but positive experience with them. I don’t think I’d ever order a neck without them in the future.
     
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    I totally love my SS frets on a Warmoth neck. They don't wear out, feel great, sound great. What's not to like? I hear luthiers find them harder
    to work with and so typically charge a bit extra for installing them. Part of it might be that once they install SS frets for you, you'll never be
    hiring them again for a fret job, at least not on that guitar.
     
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    I’ve had them in two Warmoth builds, I noticed no difference in playability or tone. They supposedly last longer, so they may be worth the few extra bucks.
     
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    I just got my first SS neck, from Musikraft. It's on a Tele partser I put together. To me, they have a nice smooth feel. Time will tell, whether they last longer.
     
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    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    I have Musikraft necks with SS frets on both of my teles. I just changed strings on my #1 player after 18 months. No discernible wear at all. I'll never buy another neck or guitar without SS frets.
     
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    My only reluctance in going SS is that none of the guitar techs I use will touch them. They claim SS will ruin their tools.
     
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    I read that a lot..

    Thanks for the prompt replies y’all, I’m excited to have my guitar “refretted” with SS frets next weekend.
     
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    My 2010 Emerald X7 has them, and they are as shiny and un-grooved as they were the moment it left the shop.
     
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    Are your frets worn out?
     
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    Never wear. Never tarnish. Bends "like buttah". Worth they twenty bux more from W.
     
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    Yes there is noticeable fret wear. I’ve had it for over two years and I played it 1-2 hours daily. I bend a lot and consider myself having a slightly heavier fretting hand.
     
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    Does the fret wear give you string buzz or problems with intonation?
     
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    I noticed my D-G-B strings having a slight buzz, more pronounced then usual. Intonation seems to be intact, my guitar stays in tune quite well.
     
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    I had my first guitar (Epiphone LP) re-fretted with ernie ball medium jumbo SS frets around 8 years ago because they were badly rutted. I could have bought a new neck much cheaper but hey! first guitar needed some TLC :) Bending strings on SS frets is absolutely effortless compared to normal frets. There isn't a single mark anywhere on those frets & I've played the bejesus outta that guitar over the years & they're still as shiny as the day I had them fitted.
     
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    Jescar EVO could be a good compromise: I have them on one guitar, and I like them a lot: smoother bends and long lasting but not prone to make your usual guitar tech run away.
     
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    I have a 2007 Anderson with SS frets, played a lot, no wear, still smooth. All I do is take an eraser once in while and go over them to get the dirt off.

    As far as tools go, yes they will wear out fretting and leveling tools quicker than non-SS frets and they don't need to be replaced. No motivation there really for a tech to want to install them.
     
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  18. Robert H.

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    They are great. One of the small, but significant improvements in electric guitars.
    I've had then in my Suhr Tele since '07. No sign of any wear, and great playing frets. I'm partial to 6105's.
     
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