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    Just got a re-fret on my 26 yr old made in Japan Fujigen Orville Les Paul Custom with long tenon.
    omg, plays like a brand new guitar.
    Outstanding !

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    Those are nice guitars. They were an import brand for Gibson before they made Epiphone the import. FujiGen makes good stuff! I have an Ď87 Ibanez SoundGear from FujiGen.


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    +1 on the FujiGen stuff. The neck on my RG 7 string is from there... it’s incredible.

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    Sweet

    When I read the title
    I thought immediately

    Re-neck

    But I see why now
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    To everybody :

    Do you prefer Stainless Steel frets or current regular alloy frets when you get a re-fret ?
    Any pros or cons for the stainless steel ?

    (Your thread name is perfect to ask this question)

    And for Fujigen : yes they did some good stuff. They even made the first prototype of the Jem for Steve Vai.
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    I prefer nickle because it's easier to work with. But SS has a brighter tone, lasts longer, and looks better/shinier/brighter.
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    My Luthier charges extra for SS basically because it wears out his tools faster.
    Ive never had a problem with nickel.
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    Jescar Evo Gold is great, easier to work with than stainless and more durable than nickel/silver. Also in the middle tone wise.

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    Love slick, new frets!

    Personally, I go stainless for a refret but I’m corrosive as hell. I like not having to clean them.

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    Any new refret I get will be SS. I don't mind paying extra.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidRavenMoon View Post
    Those are nice guitars. They were an import brand for Gibson before they made Epiphone the import. FujiGen makes good stuff! I have an ‘87 Ibanez SoundGear from FujiGen.
    Did Gibson ever bring Orville's in to the US? I didn't realize that?

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    im not sure if they were officially imported but a fair number of em ended up here. a good buddy has a three pup lp custom style orville and its terrific

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wattage View Post
    Did Gibson ever bring Orville's in to the US? I didn't realize that?
    Nope they were strictly for the Japan Market.
    But lots have migrated here just like Fender Japan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wattage View Post
    Did Gibson ever bring Orville's in to the US? I didn't realize that?
    As others have stated, they were for the Japanese market to counter the Gibson copies being made.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orville_by_Gibson


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    I have seen some locally around here

    Ok I've seen one black one

    Looked cool was way over priced the first time
    Then later it went down to around $400

    It may have left at that
    I dunno, just seemed like an old guitar to me
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    I love the idea of SS frets but I fear the, from what I've read, "noticeably brighter tone".

    Note attack is what usually makes or breaks a guitar for me.
    So if I refret say my Ibanez (which I should) and it gets pingy or certain frequencies get louder in an unpleasant way, then that guitar's done, pretty much.
    And that guitar damn sure is bright enough as it is.

    That's one sexy Les Paul, by the way. I was really close on snatching a Greco LP not that long ago but I missed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diego View Post
    I love the idea of SS frets but I fear the, from what I've read, "noticeably brighter tone".

    Note attack is what usually makes or breaks a guitar for me.
    So if I refret say my Ibanez (which I should) and it gets pingy or certain frequencies get louder in an unpleasant way, then that guitar's done, pretty much.
    And that guitar damn sure is bright enough as it is.

    That's one sexy Les Paul, by the way. I was really close on snatching a Greco LP not that long ago but I missed it.
    Iíve refretted a few guitars with SS recently. They donít sound that much different. You probably wonít even notice. What you will notice is how slippery they feel when bending strings.

    I donít know why so many guitarists these days complain about guitars being too bright. Just turn the treble down on your amp!


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    I can't deal with nickel because I can feel the string sawing into the fret during bends.
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    Iíve never played anything but nickel frets.
    Iím curious about SS but I could go the rest of my life without them.
    In all my years of playing guitar, Iíve never needed to refret an instrument....and Iím a pretty aggressive player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clint 55 View Post
    I can't deal with nickel because I can feel the string sawing into the fret during bends.
    Sounds like you need to get someone to do a fret polish for you.

    I bend a lot and my nickle frets feel like glass.

    You are using guitar strings on your instruments, right? Hacksaw blades are better left for doing work in the shop.
    Originally Posted by IanBallard
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