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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 11:00 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Looking at a Carvin with SS frets on an Ebony Board. Pros & Cons?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:12 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

I think the pros undoubtedly outweigh the cons. The only drawback to having SS frets is that if they ever need work, they'll tear up a luthier's files.

Other than that, I'll have SS frets on any new Carvin builds I have made. Those SS frets will last longer than I'll be on this planet. To me, they have a slinkier feel than normal frets and they never need polishing. Regular frets can have a tendency to tarnish and cause friction while bending strings, and you won't get that with SS.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:06 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

There is another downside to stainless steel frets...
...The procrastination of your honey-do-list caused by not wanting to put the guitar down Mr. Green

They really are a wonderful option Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:51 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

I cant think of any downside and agree with the above. Get 'em, they're worht it. I'll get 'em on any future builds. Some ppl say they can hear a brightness with them - I cannot tell a difference that I can attribute to the frets.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:47 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

No down side that I could see....
Any small diffs in the tone (if even noticeable) can be tweaked w/ a tone control on the guitar or amp.

They are well worth the extra $20, cause you'll never need a re-fret job that can be in the $300 range.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:58 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

i got my first guitar (used) with stainless steel frets, I'll never go back. they bend smoother than anything, and won't get the dents/nicks the same as my nickel.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:22 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

for me, it was more of a feel issue than anything else. I did not like how they felt on my fingers. the alloy is harder, which makes the strings slide over the frets, but also can make it hard to have good intonation if you have a heavy hand.

There is some small sound difference, but nothing that can't be dialed out. I haven't really seen SS frets offered on an acoustic yet though, so I'm pretty sure there is good reason for that. There have also been some major guitar builders/techs who have spoken out about not being fond of them.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:31 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

For me, new guitars must have them. Used guitars I prefer them to be there, but it's not a deal killer.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:13 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

My CT6 has them. I won't say I dislike them, but if I ever order another Carvin (I want an HH2 one of these days) I'd just go with regular frets. (though I would like the zero-fret to be SS, I wonder if Carvin would do just that fret in SS?)

I like down tuning a bit sometimes, usually just to D-standard, and the looser string tension combined with the SS frets tend to make it feel very sloppy indeed.

If you always keep it tuned in E-standard, the SS are nice.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:31 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

I love SS frets. Have had them installed on every new Carvin I've had made over the last 10 years or so. Once I tried them, I liked them better than the normal/typical fret wire. They feel more slippery. Less resistance bending strings, etc.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:08 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

I have Stainless Steel frets on my Carvin AC-375 and LOVE them!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:14 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Bundy wrote:
The only drawback to having SS frets is that if they ever need work, they'll tear up a luthier's files.


And that's keeps me from wanting them.

When my Carvins (and some other brands) have come from humid San Diego (or elsewhere) to the high desert where I live the fingerboard shrinks and the guitar has pokey-fret syndrome and needs to be filed.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:05 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Bundy wrote:
I think the pros undoubtedly outweigh the cons. The only drawback to having SS frets is that if they ever need work, they'll tear up a luthier's files.

Other than that, I'll have SS frets on any new Carvin builds I have made. Those SS frets will last longer than I'll be on this planet. To me, they have a slinkier feel than normal frets and they never need polishing. Regular frets can have a tendency to tarnish and cause friction while bending strings, and you won't get that with SS.


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