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Aug 13, 2022 - 3:57:49 AM
7 posts since 1/21/2013

Does anyone else find that the frets on some makes of banjo frets wear out much quicker than other brands? I have two tenor banjos one which I use only for gigs that shows decisive indents in the first few frets and a cheaper one made in China that I use for practice and is used daily that shows no wear at all. Has anyone else found this with certain brands?

Aug 13, 2022 - 4:18:21 AM

523 posts since 5/21/2020

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Originally posted by crazyace

Does anyone else find that the frets on some makes of banjo frets wear out much quicker than other brands? I have two tenor banjos one which I use only for gigs that shows decisive indents in the first few frets and a cheaper one made in China that I use for practice and is used daily that shows no wear at all. Has anyone else found this with certain brands?


If your playing every day for long periods your frets are going to wear no matter what make of banjo you play. The type of strings and the style you play can effect the wear. Example nylon vs metal, Fralin vs Three Finger. In Scruggs Style your more likely to bend the strings more often and that friction will accelerate wear.

You could replace with stainless steel. 

Aug 13, 2022 - 5:35:01 AM

8 posts since 9/27/2010

or EVO--Rick

Aug 13, 2022 - 5:39:52 AM
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banjoy

USA

10428 posts since 7/1/2006

Most frets are nickel-silver, but aren't nickel, or silver. But they ARE very soft. Like anything else, you can get cheap fret wire which wears out in no time.

Count me as 2nd vote for EVO frets. I just had my banjo refretted with this wire and I'm impressed. Much harder than regular frets, but not quite as hard as stainless. Very nice.

Edited by - banjoy on 08/13/2022 05:42:27

Aug 13, 2022 - 6:15:39 AM
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1729 posts since 2/21/2011

I own two banjos with stainless steel frets and EVO frets respectively. I REALLY like 'em both, they sound good and either has yet to exhibit any wear, but the gold-toned EVO looks mighty fine when set against a black ebony fingerboard. Your mileage may vary.

Aug 13, 2022 - 7:52:13 AM

RB3

USA

1434 posts since 4/12/2004

With respect to fret wire, what does the word "EVO" or the letters "E", "V" and "O" refer to?

Aug 13, 2022 - 8:00:43 AM

7 posts since 1/21/2013

I play Irish tunes on tenor banjo . I will look into having the top 5 frets replaces with stainless steel frets and EVO frets, thanks for the tip!

Aug 13, 2022 - 8:29:29 AM

7103 posts since 9/21/2007

Tenor used at home= more relaxed playing and looser left hand.

Tenor used for stage work= harder grip and more forceful fretting under stress of being on stage.

Of course, the different banjos might have different hardness of frets. But conditions might be a big factor.

Aug 13, 2022 - 9:59:36 AM
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RB-1

Netherlands

3831 posts since 6/17/2003

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Originally posted by RB3

With respect to fret wire, what does the word "EVO" or the letters "E", "V" and "O" refer to?


Well, must be something about very hard material....

Go figure, the blades of my Short Track speed skates (my racing clogs wink) are EVO's too....

But... the frets on both my mandolin (A5-L) and banjo (RB-1) are stainless now.

Best decision in a long time. yes

Holding with no visible wear for 4, resp. 3 years now.

As a bonus, on both instruments, sustain and brilliancy improved noticeably.

Edited by - RB-1 on 08/13/2022 10:00:23

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