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I really don’t like watching my daily guitars wearing slots and requiring fret-dressing quite so quickly. My Warmoth partscaster has (lovely) stainless steel frets - slick and smoove. It was the first time I’d come across the option and I jumped at it.

But Mark recommends nickel over stainless steel. Is that because it’s easier to level, dress and crown or because it’s easier to install?

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Posted by: @jamesbisset

Mark recommends nickel over stainless steel. Is that because it’s easier to level, dress and crown or because it’s easier to install?

Both - Also:

As a Guitar Maker - Stainless Steel frets are 3 times harder in all possible ways 🙂

As a Player - To me they feel more 'glassy' and do have a similar effect on the tone - i.e. more top end

I'll always recommend good old standard nickel silver fretwire, as I think it has the best overall properties, but if forced I will fit Stainless Steel. I'll always suggest EVO GOLD first - I think it is a better option than stainless - kind of best of all words: Very hard but much easier to work. Worth a Google if you have not seen it...

Measure twice, cut once...

@markbailey
Heh - just checking out the website:

“CAUTION: Jescar Fretwire will improve the tone and playability of your guitar.”

Excellent. Thank you 🙂