Feel the steel
What’s the big deal with stainless steel frets?
The majority of guitars you’ve played have likely featured nickel frets – the industry standard for decades. Ibanez, however, has equipped its AZ series with stainless steel frets, which used to be found only on boutique offerings from Suhr, Anderson and Vigier, but are becoming more commonplace on guitars from the likes of Ernie Ball Music Man and Schecter, too. The reasons are simple: stainless steel frets offer a smooth feel and increased corrosion resistance over nickel frets, meaning decreased wear from fretting and sweat. You won’t need to refret stainless steel frets as frequently… if ever! The trade-off is that because the material’s so durable, it can damage luthiers’ tools – so if you do need any fretwork done, it’ll cost you extra.