Really? It’s been a while since I checked. Maybe I’m mixing it up with the Evo Gold. I don’t remember mine having stainless, though. They felt pretty standard.It's standard on all models
I'm not sure if something changed since the headstocks said Carvin on them, and I haven't played an American SL3, but a USA Select Jackson is markedly different from a Carvin/Kiesel. Maybe they improved, but they used to use super cheap pots and switches. I remember reading that you should budget to replace all the electronics if you buy a new Carvin, and this couldn't have been more than 10 years ago.Quality usa built guitars all with stainless. Impeccable fret jobs
You're misremembering this Steve Morse tidbit. He claimed he upgraded to stainless BECAUSE he was refretting his main signature guitar every couple of years.You must not have read too far into stainless. Steve Morse wears through stainless enough to need refrets yearly. He needed refrets far more often with nickel silver, though, of course. You don’t need gorilla grip either. If you play a guitar for 100+ hours a month, the frets are going to wear. You level, crown, and dress when this happens, until they get low enough that you need new frets. Stainless doesn’t change this fact, it just lengthens the maintenance intervals. I personally seem to take years to wear nickel-silver to the point that I need to level, crown, and dress though, so one set of stainless frets could, in theory, last me the rest of my life.
As for the tradeoff in fretwork, it’s because stainless is a bitch to work compared to nickel-silver. When the material is almost as hard as your tools, you need to put a lot more oomph and/or time into it. And, on a production line, those are both a lot to ask for. Even with a Plek in the mix, you’re still going to wear through tooling faster, and someone still has to do a final polish by hand.
Yeah I re-googled. He said his main guitar had been refretted 10 times. EVH said he switched to stainless because he needed to refret every few months. But I can't find info on either about how often they needed refrets after switching to stainlessYou're misremembering this Steve Morse tidbit. He claimed he upgraded to stainless BECAUSE he was refretting his main signature guitar every couple of years.
It's not 100x if you're comparing quality nickel-silver to quality stainless. Jescar, for example, seems to be the best of the best for both. I would believe they last 5x longer. If it were truly 100x, I don't think we'd have pictures of worn stainless steel frets.Ok so even so, getting 100x the life out of them is far worth it
he discusses his switch to stainless in the first minute of this video:Yeah I re-googled. He said his main guitar had been refretted 10 times. EVH said he switched to stainless because he needed to refret every few months. But I can't find info on either about how often they needed refrets after switching to stainless
99% of guitar players would never have to worry about their frets againIt's not 100x if you're comparing quality nickel-silver to quality stainless. Jescar, for example, seems to be the best of the best for both. I would believe they last 5x longer. If it were truly 100x, I don't think we'd have pictures of worn stainless steel frets.
Slight anecdote here. I just dropped off my 1985 Jackson at the shop today for fret level, crown, and dress, and detailing. This is a 37 year old guitar, and I just got it last week. Definitely needs fret leveling, because the 20th is so low that the note on 21st is what rings out.Same with nickel-silver, honestly. 99% of guitar players will never wear through a set of nickel-silver frets.
I've only personally worn a few guitars to the point that they needed fret work. It took 2-3 years (per guitar), and each guitar retailed for <$500, so I'm pretty sure the wire was whatever cheap, soft junk they could get their hands onThe only guitar I've ever worn through frets on was 14 when I got it and it took 2 years of the most consistent hours I've ever put in to get noticeably dented. During this time it was my only guitar.
Still strongly prefer stainless, but it's not a deal-breaker.
Go to a shop and play some Gibson Custom stuff, and tell me it doesn't feel premium in every way, shape, and form. And we can all easily list off numerous "shortcomings" in its feature set. If Gibson isn't your cup of tea, do the same for a Fender Custom Shop, or a Jackson USA/Custom Select, or an -18 or higher series Martin.Point is, demand better from a "premium" instrument. That is all