Unhappy with stainless steel frets, which material can I choose?

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prawnheed
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Re: Unhappy with stainless steel frets, which material can I choose?

Post by prawnheed » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:39 am

pogmoor wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:23 pm
Does the fret material really make a difference to the tone of a guitar? After all whatever metal you use you are pressing the strings against an unyielding surface.
But the colour of the unyielding surface makes a huge difference to the perception. Gold wire will clearly sound warmer than the brighter coloured alloys.

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Re: Unhappy with stainless steel frets, which material can I choose?

Post by Ken Whisler » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:23 am

SteveL123 wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:27 am
Ken Whisler wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:59 pm
I’ve used Gold Evo bass wire for 10 years now. I epoxy the frets into slots widened with a dental bit and clamped with a dead flat length of cold rolled steel. -Maybe- a swipe here or there with a diamond file and the leveling is done...leaving a crown that will last a few lifetimes beyond my own. It is absolute buggers on end nippers and mill files, though. A customer of mine that lives in Detroit needed the ends touched up after a few years, and said his repairman cursed out loud at me.
Hi Ken,

Can you expound on the "slots widened with a dental bit"? Are they widened such that the fret tang is not providing the holding power and you are relying on the epoxy to hold the frets in?
The fret tang IS providing the holding power.....in a solid bed of epoxy.

https://www.pjguitar.com/just-pass-it-o ... ith-epoxy/

I’m still using the same dental bits Paul gave me @8 or 9 years ago.
Ken Whisler, guitarist and luthier

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Re: Unhappy with stainless steel frets, which material can I choose?

Post by pogmoor » Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:11 am

prawnheed wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:39 am
But the colour of the unyielding surface makes a huge difference to the perception. Gold wire will clearly sound warmer than the brighter coloured alloys.
Just so :roll:
Eric from GuitarLoot
Renaissance and Baroque freak; classical guitars by Lester Backshall (2008), Ramirez (Guitarra del Tiempo 2017),
Yamaha (SLG 130NW silent classical guitar 2014).

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