stainless steel fret list

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  1. soliloquy

    soliloquy SS.org Regular

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    looked around, and didn't come across a whole lot. an old list from 2008 on harmony central. i'm sure other companies have added stainless steel frets since.

    anyways, it seems i'm broken or something is wrong with my sweat eats up any fret wire out there that is not stainless steel. i used to think that different companies use different hardness, thus they wear differently. but try as i might, be it a prs, gibson, or something else, its the same thing. after a few weeks, the frets start getting grooves in them. exception being on stainless steel frets. years later they look/feel the same.

    so, here are the guitars i've come across so far that use stainless steel frets. please add others. i'll keep editing this to compile the list:

    Carvin/kiesel (upon request)
    Agile/rondo (upon request)
    G&L (upon request)
    EBMM
    Parker (some)
    Vigier
    Schecter (upper end diamond series)


    any others i should be looking at?
     
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  2. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    Some Schecters (upper-end Diamond series models) come stock with them.
    The Agile Epic comes stock with them.
    Some Ibanez guitars are starting to feature them (Ex: The upcoming AZ series).
    Vigier guitars all come stock with them.
    Suhr (Upon request)
    Some EBMM guitars have SS frets. The JP series for sure has them
     
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    zarg guitar and computer nerd

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    the jackson juggernaut USA models come with stainless steel frets
     
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    As of this year, Kiesel now has stainless frets standard on all models. They also offer EVO gold-colored frets, which are supposed to be nearly as hard as SS but be more like nickel, tonally.
     
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    yeah i dont trust the gold frets. at least in my case where i eat up nickle frets within a few months time. i'm sure gold will only give me a year or two by comparison. maybe?

    and wasn't stainless steel frets standard with them for a while? haven't really looked into em in a while now
     
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    Jackson Broderick USA
     
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    CapinCripes Trem Snob

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    Unfortunately the med-jumbos are the only no charge option they have. I was excited to hear about the stainless becoming standard and thought that it might offset the price increase but no dice unless I want med-jumbos.
     
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    spudmunkey SS.org Regular

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    I think that is an error. Jeff said before in a video before the price changes that Jumbo would be a no-charge option, and then repeated it again in yesterday's video which is after the price changes. The 3-pieces necks haven't been added online yet, so I think there's got to be another update coming.

    No, they have offered stainless frets for years, it's only become standard on all models across the board as of a few days ago.
     
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    Strandberg on all models except Classic and Singularity.
     
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    All guitars listed are several times the cost of a refret. I only point that out because the OP is about a guy sweating through nickel.

    This isn’t the answer anyone looking to buy a new guitar wants to hear, but I feel the thread is missing it: A stainless refret only costs me about $20, minus the initial cost of the time I used to teach myself how to do it. It’s the same principle used when considering the cost of new strings.

    But if anyone is determined to just buy a set of steel frets that also happen to come with a $2,000+ guitar, I can attest that Parker Fly frets were amongst the hardest ever extruded.
     
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    chapman pro series have them,

    some of ola's new ones as well I think??

    and then yeah most high end brands will offer it as an option.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Even from a really good tech you're looking at around $200 to $400 depending on other factors.
     
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    Ormsby's GTRs
     
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    Chapman Pro series! Nice selection of various guitar shapes and pretty affordable.
     
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    I think he meant the raw materials as he said that was the cost plus the cost of time to learn to do it by himself. Anyone doing their own refrets however are braver people than I.
     
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    Yeah that's definitely a problem I don't find throwing money at to go away.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    I know.

    I'm just saying it's still relatively cheap to get it done professionally.

    Folks spend more on pickups for a single guitar.
     
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    That is true and it makes more sense to do a refret on a guitar you like than just buying a new one. Unless the person wants to buy a new guitar just with stainless stee frets :D.
     
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    Musiscience Hail the Ibbyborn!

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    Mayones also has them stock on a few models.
     

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