installing stainless steel frets

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  1. funkymann1

    funkymann1 Tele-Holic

    Jun 7, 2012
    Cooper City Florida
    I have done about 3 dozen necks with nickel & want to give stainless steel a shot

    I have been told you level them the same as nickel, I bought a cutter to do the ends as I know the stew mac one won’t work, was wondering if anyone has installed steel frets

    I usually clamp a board over the frets after I glue them for an hour so they don’t pop up, next day I start by snipping the ends & using my fret leveler to do the sides & get them flush with the wood, then I use my end file to get any sharp ends down, then I start my level, I usually check for high spots & file them down alone with a square narrow flat file I have,, then I level with the stew mac 8 inch leveler beam & 220 backing paper, then I work 400-2000 paper with a chalk board eraser & finish with 0000 steel wool

    is there is anything else I need to know, wondering if starting with 220 will not be enough…
  2. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    just worn them as you would any other fret wire.... the Stainless Steel Alloy they are made of is much softer than the stainless most think of...

    Ron Kirn
  3. Durk

    Durk Tele-Meister

    Jul 8, 2015
    Leesburg Ga
    I install them the same why I do nickel wire. As far as cutting the wire, I use a set of Snap-On flush cutters. I have been using them for about 5 years with no noticeable wear.
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