Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: Epiphone Les Paul and Squier Stratocaster over premium Floyded metal guitars?
I think jumbo frets are more forgiving both in playing and in wear. A lot of guitarists I know who like lead guitar do tend towards the Jackson/Ibanez/Gibson/ESP type of thing with bigger to jumbo frets instead of a small fretted thing like a vintage Vox or mid-70s Fender.
With a lot of guitars with micro frets being perfect for rhythm guitar (like ones I preferred when I only played rhythm and sang), one can often find old guitars like this with almost no fret wear beyond the third fret. This is why some may perceive tiny fretted instruments as ones that wear longer. It's more common so see an RG totally worn faster around the A scale or E scale on 12th fret via a lead guitarist more than a Teisco Del Rey being worn there and that's due more to the model and the player that model attracts like a lead player who is apt to go with RG more than an old Teisco.
As long as all the frets are nickel-silver (of course with no silver), it makes sense that the bigger ones have more material to wear down. I think with SS frets, it shouldn't matter about how they wear or if they wear too fast so choose what size suits you.
Paul Reed Smith guitars are probably the best when it comes to regular nickel-silver frets but of the hardest material. If you want to spring for SS frets, then it costs more and the ones I found are on custom necks or custom guitars. I know Allan Holdsworth outfits his guitars with large SS frets from the get go so he can have a long wearing guitar. I did large/jumbo SS frets once on an old Fender tele and they were very smooth and relatively buzz free except for the part of the neck that had a warp that was not repairable. He had put SS frets on Allan's guitars, too and I still wish I had that guitar.
Last edited by 63Blazer; 10-15-2013 at 01:56 PM.