14. March 2013 · Comments Off on JESCAR Stainless Steel fretwire is now available! · Categories: New products · Tags: , ,

Jescar stainless steel fretwire

We are proud to offer Jescar stainless steel fretwire.  These are pre-cut and pre-radiused to help make installation easier.

Jescar is the leading supplier to the industry of quality fretwire.  You will not find a more consistent wire anywhere.  Many of the top guitar and bass manufactures use Jescar fretwire.

The main benefit of stainless steel fretwire versus nickel silver is the higher wear resistance for greater fret life.  This could very easily be the last fret job you will ever need!  Many players also report that string bending is a lot smoother than traditional nickel silver frets.  Some players have even mentioned that there is a sound difference.   I recently read an article from TONEQUEST where they had a guitar fitted with both nickel silver and stainless fretwire.  The writer and anyone who played the guitar couldn’t hear a hint of difference anywhere on the neck!  Sounds like a very cool experiment to try someday.

The only downside to stainless steel fretwire is that it’s tough on tools.   End nips and cutters will have a very short life.  I used our FastCap heavy duty flush cut pliers for at least 200+ cuts of stainless steel fretwire and they show more nicks now than they ever did cutting nickel silver fretwire.   They still cuts fine but just not as nice as they did prior to the stainless steel fretwire.  I will now designate a set of pliers for cutting stainless and one for nickel silver.   Fret files seem to be holding up very well.  It will absolutely take more time to do a normal fret job and I wouldn’t recommend using stainless steel for beginners.

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