I don't say nickel's better. It's simply got a different tone. I hope I made that point clearly! There is no "better" when it comes to this stuff. It's just a matter of what works best for each of us. The nickel (they have plenty of copper and tin and are actually kinda a bronze) frets seem to float my boat. This doesn't mean that SS shouldn't float your boat, or anyone else's. This. Drew is intelligent, and probably a nice guy in person. But on the internet...not so much.