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StewMac Narrow Fretwire

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.053" to .080"
Narrow fretwire was used on pre-World War II acoustic guitars. It is also used on modern banjos, mandolins, ukuleles and dulcimers.

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StewMac Narrow Fretwire

StewMac Narrow Fretwire
Modern standard mandolin fretwire. Popular for ukulele. This size is sometimes used for approximating old-style small banjo fretwire.
 Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
 0764-LB  Narrow/low, 96 ft (1 lb)
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3 or more $46.73

 0764  Narrow/low, 2 ft Yes

StewMac Narrow Fretwire
A bit larger than pre-war Martin guitar wire or pre-war banjo wire. This is the standard modern fretwire for banjos and dulcimers.
 Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
 0147-LB  Narrow/medium, 70 ft (1 lb)
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3 or more $44.59

 0147  Narrow/medium, 2 ft Yes

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Instrument makers and repair shops rely on us for the highest quality 18% nickel-silver fretwire. We supply our fretwire in 2-foot straight lengths. Order 6 feet for a complete guitar or bass fret job, and 4 feet for a mandolin, banjo or ukulele.

Order fretwire by the pound for tidy savings!
Our bulk fretwire is supplied in convenient clear storage tubes, to keep your wire organized and your workbench uncluttered. You’ll save 50% or more when you order fretwire by the pound.

Our fretwire is sized to fit a 0.023" (0.58mm) fret slot width.

Fretwire is made in a variety of crown heights. Note that after the frets are installed and leveled, they can lose from .004" to .010" in height. High fretwire has a crown height of .045" or more. It may offer more note sustain due to its slightly greater mass, and more fret dressings are possible between refrettings. Low fretwire is often useful for partial refret jobs.

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StewMac Narrow Fretwire
StewMac Narrow Fretwire
4.5 out of 5 stars
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5 11-28-2011
Perfect match

A perfect match for the originals on a 1938 home-built archtop guitar.

Jerry U.  Sacramento, CA Read my reviews (3)
5 11-19-2011
Fret wire

Your product is of excellent qualityl
The protective packaging is also excellent quality.

Glenn L  Petaluma,CA U.S.A. Read my reviews (4)
4 11-16-2011

Your fretwire did an outstanding job of restoring the neck of my 1920's banjolele. The old brass frets were way to low for the action and taller frets made life easier. I would like a longer tang.

Rockabillybob  smithsburg md
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4 10-29-2011
Works on a guitar as well

A customer specified this fretwire for an electric guitar he wanted me to build, and it eventually worked out great.

If you plan on using this fretwire with an ebony fingerboard you probably need to shave some width of the tang barbs. I had to give up after only a few frets on an ebony board I had bought here too. I couldn't get them seated properly. The barbs on the tang was too wide for the very hard wood. Fret Barber to the rescue tho and the job was easy!

Claus Løber  Denmark Read my reviews (2)
5 10-03-2011
Narrow Fretwire

works as expected

Pudlglum  Newcastle, WA Read my reviews (4)
5 9-28-2011
Good stuff

I have used this fretwire on 2 recent builds of Baritone Ukuleles. It's easy to work with and well priced.

Gibby  Sydney, Australia Read my reviews (4)
5 9-27-2011
THE fretwire!

In my opinion the best fretwire in the market.

Claudio Kezen  Brazil Read my reviews (18)
5 9-24-2011

Have been building hand made Ukelele's for some time. The only things I purchase are the turners, fret wire and strings, all else are hand made from assorted woods. Stewart Macdonald has been a good source for me. Thanks

LASauve  Modesto, CA
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5 9-05-2011
Excellent product -Mandolin fretwire

Always buy my fretwire from StewMac. Excellent product.

Foley String Instruments  Dallas, Texas Read my reviews (4)
2 8-31-2011
hard to start

I build 3-4 custom ukuleles a month and use narrow wire for my soprano and concert models. Most the stewmac fret wire I use is easy to work with, except this size. The tang is too short and the barbs extend all the way to the edge making it very difficult to start in the slot.

jerry1  New Haven, MO Read my reviews (2)
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