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Did Gibson use cryogenically treated frets recently?

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  • #31
    I am in the camp of using a harder fret that pasts longer. 95% of guitars perhaps never get refretted and if they do, it is only done once, and generally only for repair. There is only a small percentage of guitarists neurotic enough to want to reduce the thickness of a perfectly good fret, but they do exist. I own three guitars that could probably use a refret, but apparently, the low and invisible fret is a thing I was not aware of? I don't particularly care for low frets, but I will live with whatever I am handed. I prefer medium jumbo frets with a very small flat spot on the top, not ever totally rounded. Why do you ask? Well, I am a string bender and found with perfectly crowned frets, that I quickly develop a flat spot anyway on the strings I bend most often. This obviously creates an uneven fret landing where it transitions between round and flattened. I found with a slightly flattened top ( all the way across ) the increased surface area resists wear a little longer before it gets too flat.

    I have had some weird requests over the years repairing guitars, but I guess I have not come across the guy that wants to spend lots of money to make their perfectly fine frets be flatter and lower.

    I feel that using a harder fret such as Cryo treated frets of simply Stainless just makes a guitar that once you get it where you want it ( based on the frets original profile ), it just lasts longer and you may never truly need a refret. You only get a couple or few refrets, before the neck is at risk of needing much more involved work or other tricky solutions to retain the frets securely. So I try and build guitars to need that job ONCE, when it was built.

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    • #32
      Most repair guys would think the cryo frets are uncool.... because fret levels and refrets are money in the bank....
      aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

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      • #33
        Originally posted by ICTGoober View Post
        Someone suggested depleted uranium which would be heavy as hell, but resists heavy artillery.
        60-cycle hum ALL the time - and who needs LED fret markers anyway?


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        • #34
          Now that I think about it, other than materials, there hasn't been a huge advancement in fret design for years. However, I think in the 70s there were experiments with triangular frets and sawtooth frets as well.
          Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Mincer View Post
            Now that I think about it, other than materials, there hasn't been a huge advancement in fret design for years. However, I think in the 70s there were experiments with triangular frets and sawtooth frets as well.
            Wasnt there a guitar company that made a fretboard that the frets were a molded part of the board? Each fret was kinda like a little triangle where the peak of the triangle was the fret.
            1994 Ibanez IC500 Iceman reissue
            Jackson Soloist 7 string
            ESP LTD M-400
            Original Marshall Silver Jubilee 2553

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            • #36
              Wasnt there a guitar company that made a fretboard that the frets were a molded part of the board? Each fret was kinda like a little triangle where the peak of the triangle was the fret.
              Yes - the Bond. Back in the 80's.

              aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

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              • #37
                Yes thats it, thanks Goober
                1994 Ibanez IC500 Iceman reissue
                Jackson Soloist 7 string
                ESP LTD M-400
                Original Marshall Silver Jubilee 2553

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                • #38
                  Never had a chance to play one, but it was a cool idea. I don't know how they handled 'wear' since the fret was part of the fretboard. You can sort of see it in this pic.

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                  Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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                  • #39
                    That is exactly the one I was thinking of. Thats about the closest thing I can think of to innovations in frets

                    Ok sorry for thread highjacking back to regularly scheduled program
                    1994 Ibanez IC500 Iceman reissue
                    Jackson Soloist 7 string
                    ESP LTD M-400
                    Original Marshall Silver Jubilee 2553

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                    • #40
                      As I remember, the fingerboard was carbon fiber....... Which, as it turns out - does wear out.
                      aka Chris Pile, formerly of Six String Fever

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