I know this thread has collected a little dust, but here's a high-rez closeup of my PM20 frets/fretwear that I took a couple weeks ago, but never posted.
Picture was taken at about the 5th-7th fret. Depth of field makes it hard to get focused on strings, frets and fretboard at that distance, but demonstrates how much fretwear my PM20 has sustained in 7 months with a relatively light amount of use. I would prefer to see nothing but light scratches, but there is
some noticeable fretwear - nothing exteme though. Compared to my 20-year old Kramer, I think they ARE, in fact, wearing more quickly.
Maybe fretwire IS getting softer.
Also, I guess in reading dmj's final posts, it appears his playing style is normal but he was using something other than nickel strings, and doesn't say specifically what
he was actually using. A bit enigmatic - it would be nice to know exactly what he was using.
Not that I'm considering using anything other than nickel, 'specially after this thread.
2005 PM-20 Honeyburst Mappa Burl
2003 Ibanez S470DXQM
1986 Kramer "American" Baretta I
1970's Madiera 12-string acoustic
Line 6 PODxt