Fender is finally using Stainless Steel Frets - the end is near!!!!

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  1. vid1900

    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    In the book of Revocations, it is foretold that the end will come after the top instrument manufacturer begins to make instruments that don't wear out.

    It only took them 40 years, but Fender is finally catching up with the rest of the world.

    Is it **too** sexy for Fender?

    Is it **really** a Fender if your #1 does not need a fret replacement in the first 5 years?

    Will traditional players break a string when they accidentally pick one up and bend all way off the fretboard with slickness?

    Will luthers see great losses without the constant Fender refrets???


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  2. Boubou

    Boubou Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Fear not, people are still crying because they want nitrocellulose finish, the most fragile finish, so easy to wear off ,etc.
    Fender’s customers do not want innovations, or at least Fender thinks so.
    Wish the SS frets were on an affordable guitar
     
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  3. rolandson

    rolandson Dr. Stratster

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    Now if they made it in a hardtail...
    I'd still have arthritic hands.
    Damn.

    It is, if one happens to be wealthy.
     
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  4. diogoguitar

    diogoguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    I dig it. I wasn't sold on the painted headstock, but they are growing on me.

    I hope to see some lefties soon
     
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    T Bone Slort "Was you ever bit by a dead bee?" Silver Member

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    Having used SS screws on many wooden boat repairs and having twisted of many screw heads, I came to realize there is SS and there is SS.
    Perhaps they are using the soft stuff from elsewhere. :whistling:
     
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  6. Deebs3

    Deebs3 Senior Stratmaster

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    is there a type of fret that doesn't wear at all? Imagine that..
     
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  7. revtime

    revtime Strat-Talker

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    There are all kinds of affordable guitars with SS frets. Fender finally gets with the program and thinks SS frets are worth my left nut.
    Just put them on mim on up and be done with it.
    Oh yeah it only adds 20 bucks to the cost of the guitar, just ask warmoth.
     
  8. rolandson

    rolandson Dr. Stratster

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    Yes. There's stainless and then...
    In truth, there are many types, or alloys, of stainless. Only one is truly stainless stainless, the type that isn't magnetic. It's called Austenitic. It's not terribly hard. Then there are subtypes of that and it all gets terribly technical and we find our selves discussing the crystal structure and then wake up to discover we've been asleep for a week. Metallurgy has that effect upon some.

    I doubt anyone would use austenitic stainless for frets. It's too soft. There's another type, called Martensitic that it much harder. Seems to me it would be better suited to the task of being frets. But it's the fender of today. Who knows what they are thinking.

    Yes...
    Glass. Ceramic.
    But don't hold your breath.
     
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    Torvald Strat-O-Master

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    Gee, I bet the Ultra luxe plays just as nice as my partscaster with the $300 Warmoth roasted maple SS frets, homemade alder body, Grosh Electrajet P90s. 20210617_094539.jpg
     
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    henderman Dr. Stratster

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    had me at stainless and lost me at the price tag.

    i installed stainless frets in 1 of my 3 electrics and they are a dream to play on. when i get the time the others will get them also.
     
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    GlockandRoll Strat-Talk Member

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    I have 2 guitars with SS frets and its changed my life. I'm currently considering having one of my vintage Strats that I've owned over 30 years redone with SS frets and pleked with a brass nut added here at Straight Frets in Austin.
     
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    Dreamdancer Senior Stratmaster

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    No thanks...ill stay with my squier bullet that has the super jumbo Stainless steel jescar frets(best fretwire out there),scalloped fretboard, new electronics and the Kinman woodstock plus set....not one of those subpar generic fender noiseless sets that you end up paying pretty penny for.....

    Seriously though SS frets should have been a standard in the all the guitars above a certain price point.if we are talking about fender anything not named a squier should have had them long time ago....but lets face it... its not what fender is selling....its selling the....play authentic type of vibe...just like Gibson....so it ll rub a lot of people off in the end.
     
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    joesatch Strat-Talker

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    finally but now they're charging $2k+ for non-CS strats :eek:
     
  14. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    These have been out for six months now.
    I think it's great for Fender.
    Esp is even offer SS on some of the LTD models
     
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    Ash-Man Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm impartial quite honestly, I notice a tonal difference unplugged for sure between stainless and nickel but nothing serious plugged up which thankfully is how we play an electric guitar...

    I wish the guitar with the floyd rose came in normal colors...
     
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    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    Fender in Mexico has been doing Stainless on their non-fender brands for years.
     
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    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    At the shop we have a guitar with 3 stainless steel frets installed at random along the fretboard.

    We challenge anyone who says "I hate the sound of stainless" to play the guitar and find the 3 frets (without studying the fretboard).

    We keep the frets polished the best we can.

    No one has EVER been able to point out the 3 frets correctly.
     
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    I want Beskar frets that can deflect Lightsabers....
     
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    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    I don't think any fret manufacturer has shared the secret formula of their Stainless frets.

    We have many coils of stainless Jascar at the shop and they are not even slightly magnetic.
     
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    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    That's certainly true.

    Even $399 Harley Benton have Stainless frets for cripesakes.

    In the quantities that Fender buys fretwire, it's like a $2 difference in price to fret in stainless.