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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-21-2011, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Process to radius coiled stainless wire

Hi Jemsiters,

I'm going to be refretting my practice neck soon with stainless steel. I've done some NS refrets which turned out well. I'm mainly wondering if anyone has had experience with stainless frets and a flat ibanez radius. I bought the wire from LMI, so it's coiled in about a 8" radius. Do I need a fret-bender? I'm not above buying or making the right tools. I've read as much as I can find about the stuff, and MindRiot over on Harmony Central opened up the coil by hand to match a 14" radius. I need a 16" radius. Compared to the NS, this stainless stuff is really really stiff and tough, so I'm looking for suggestions.

I have been doubting and putting off my refret since I read the recent thread where all the frets popped up in the middle:

http://www.jemsite.com/forums/f21/do...ight=stainless

Any thoughts?

Thanks,
Andrew
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-27-2011, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Process to radius coiled stainless wire

nobody eh? Well I'm thinking of chickening out and doing evo gold instead, which is still much harder than NS, but easier to work with than SS. I will have to save the 20 bucks of stainless wire for a later date

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Re: Process to radius coiled stainless wire

Just over bend it to a radius tighter than what you need, then when you install it--it spreads in the slot.



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Re: Process to radius coiled stainless wire

this what you need but it is a little expensive.

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tools/Sp...xst=3&xsr=7963






http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Fretting_supplies.html
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Re: Process to radius coiled stainless wire

Thanks for the suggestions. Have either of y'all done an SS install and can comment on the differences??? I'm quite familiar with the NS process. My trolling leads me to believe that over-radiusing can lead to the fret popping up in the middle, as I linked to above. The fretbender can't 'unbend' wire. So you're suggesting hand straighten the wire, then use the fretbender? I'd thought of that, but it seems a little like overkill. Also stewmac really only sells tools for NS wire. Who knows if that thing's plastic crank and brass roller can hold up to something like SS with a much higher elastic modulus.

Either way, I'm reconsidering the SS in stall for Evo as I already posted.

Thanks for the suggestions.

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Re: Process to radius coiled stainless wire

Please show the process of your re-fret
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Re: Process to radius coiled stainless wire

Sure thing
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Excellent ! Looking forward to it
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Re: Process to radius coiled stainless wire

Unlike nickel silver, the radius of stainless steel wire needs to match the fingerboard. It isn't as soft as ns and will not conform to the fingerboard radius. A shop I worked at bought a pound of it in straight lengths from Allparts or Stew Mac and used it to fret a new build. It was the one and only time it was used, and we had all of the right tools. That tube of wire now rests in a corner somewhere in the shop. I guess some people don't want to go through the learning curve it requires.
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