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Discussion in 'Tonefreaks' started by william.garcia37, Mar 21, 2011.
would brass frets have a significantly brighter tone and longer sustain over nickel frets?
This jogged a cog in my dusty memories. Back in 8th grade I played trumpet in school. The trumpet mouthpiece is made of brass with nickel plating I believe? When a mouth piece would get worn, it would show brass through the finish. One day our band teacher told us if that happened we should replace it. He said that if you had a cut or sore on your mouth and came in contact with the brass it could give you blood poisoning. Always wondered if there was any truth to that?
If that were true, wouldn't the same apply to brass frets?
Anyone ever heard that before?
Brass frets were made for (cheapest of the cheap) nylon string guitars.
They're too soft for steel strings; I don't think they can take more than ten hours of playing without rapidly wearing off.
My Warwick Streamer has Bell Brass frets and I use D'Addario Pro Steels (round wound stainless) on it. Fret wear has never been an issue for me on that bass.
Brass is real "grabby", too. I wouldn't use it any along a string-course, for tuning's sake.