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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by El Tele Lobo, Nov 13, 2019.
...not with stainless steel frets!
Yes, frets good.
Medium, not jumbo. Stainless Steel. That's all I use on repairs and new builds.
I can complete a neck in medium SS faster than regular metal in medium jumbo. Only reason I used to seek out medium jumbo was an idea to get more life out of the frets. They don't compare to SS so no need to mess with them. Get the guitar done and back to playing.... and not have to worry about wearing out those frets for a long long time.
They enjoy a long life ... sucking life out of the strings on them?
Do you use them?
Getting my first neck with stainless frets made now.
Oh, don't let them suck life out of your favorite traditional knurled fret files!!
(HHOK, I know things like diamond fret files and a bit of compound on buffing wheel would have been used.)
Let us know how you enjoyed the new neck later!
Will do. I'm excited!
6100 Stainless Steel.
I don’t know what number they are, but I like those ones that go all the way from one side of the neck to the other, preferably no farther than that.
I have a Tele in the shop now receiving stainless Jescar 57110's height/width .057 x .110. These are about the same height as the Dunlop 6105 height/width .059 x .093 but wider.
Note there are a bunch of other brand frets, house brands, etc. advertised as 6105's and they are not. They are considerably smaller than what Dunlop lists for this fret.
Really getting excited about my new neck. Can’t wait to try those vintage stainless frets! Hopefully it will come in during the break from school. As soon as I finish finals I need to get on wet sanding the body I refinished.
I like vintage but I think I will look into getting the tall narrow ones when the time comes so I can get more fret dresses out of them before they seem too low
Really enjoying hearing what everyone likes. I've run the gamut over my guitar-playing life. I started as a (wannabe) shredder, so I used jumbo and extra-jumbo back then. But since, I've had mediums (on acoustic), medium-jumbo, 6105 (tall/narrow) and vintage. They're all good in their way. These days I'm leaning towards less is more. Like @jvin248, the only reason I traditionally went for bigger frets was to squeeze (pardon the re-fret-able pun) more life out of them. If stainless is as good as everyone says, they will play more smoothly and last the rest of my lifetime. I'm long past my guitar-face-making, vein-popping, neck-wringing blues jam days. Nowadays, I try to play with as light a touch as I can, even when bending. Though I bend less now too. I like sliding in...always nicer without speed bumps. Thus, no worries about inordinate string wear either.
These days, I liken playing with bigger frets to holding a woman's hand while she's wearing gloves...it's like a barrier to intimacy.
My favorite is 6100s but I'll put up with anything. SS is the bomb. I like wider frets because
bending is smoother, IMO-- the strings slide more easily across the fret.
I also kind of like the classic wide and low profile of some Gibson LPs.
I wonder if anyone ever builds necks with two different fret wires? I could see going with something
like 6100s up to maybe the 15th fret, and then going with something narrower above that where
the spaces between the frets get real narrow.
That's interesting. Seems like a good idea to me.
At an advanced age I've settled on big big ...... too small is hair-trigger, breathe on it and it goes bang ....... medium is "meh" ........ the ones that get picked up most are super-jumbo 6100 ........ y'need bones on that good meat.
I gravitate toward 'railway ties' on any guitar I'm playing - that carried over to Teles.
I like to have a good amount of side-on grip (I'm perfectly comfortable playing on a fully scalloped fretboard, have done so in the past on a former main player back in the day).
I know I'm not typical in this, but definitely not alone.
When not playing a Tele, I'm likely playing an Ibanez 7-string.
I voted medium jumbo/narrow tall because I am a notorious bender. I have owned a couple of guitars with shorter frets and they worked me to death. Even lighter strings didn't help. On a guitar that is set up solely for slide the shorties are great; otherwise, no.
Stainless steel was not an option on the poll but they get my vote.