Mudcat Café message #1044044 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #64006   Message #1044044
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
29-Oct-03 - 04:23 PM
Thread Name: Re-fretting guitars
Subject: RE: Re-fretting guitars
Frank Ford has some useful info about frets at (CLICK HERE).

He makes no mention of the availability of fretwire in anything but the standard 18% nickel "German silver" alloy.

However, it does seem to me that I read an article in Guitar Player magazine about 30 years ago in which a luthier mentioned using harder nickel frets on an acoustic guitar that he built for Eric Clapton. But that wouldn't necessarilly mean that he found fretwire in a harder alloy. For that type of high-end custom work you could make (or have a machine shop make) old-style bar type frets from any alloy.