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.

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.

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Modern standard mandolin fretwire. Popular for ukulele. This size is sometimes used for approximating old-style small banjo fretwire.

Narrow/low, 96 ft (1 lb)

Item # 0764-LB
In stock, ready to ship!

$54.98

3 or more $46.73
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Narrow/low, 2 ft

Item # 0764
In stock, ready to ship!

$3.04

3 or more $2.58
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A bit larger than pre-war Martin guitar wire or pre-war banjo wire. This is the standard modern fretwire for banjos and dulcimers.

Narrow/medium, 70 ft (1 lb)

Item # 0147-LB
In stock, ready to ship!

$52.46

3 or more $44.59
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Narrow/medium, 2 ft

Item # 0147
In stock, ready to ship!

$3.94

3 or more $3.35
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Product Details

.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.

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.

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.

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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Narrow fret wire

By Char-lee from Howell
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 23, 2012


My first order from StewMac. I'm just starting to build instruments. I was building a cigar box uke kit which included toothpicks for frets. Not good enough. I bought your narrow fret wire and it worked just fine. My first fretting job. It made a much better feel and sound than the toothpick frets. It was easy to install and finish and makes a nice sounding instrument. My next project is a dulcimer and I'll be ordering more for that project.

CGB frets

By Central Coast Guitars from NSW, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 15, 2012


These worked great for my cigar box guitar project.

Rejuvenated Fender mando

By SnohManCo from Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, October 01, 2012


Acquired a Fender acoustic/electric mando that had poor factory frets. A complete refret with 0764 provided a surprising improvement in tone, clarity and playability. Very worthwhile.

Narrow Fretwire

By Gilbert Guzman from Las Vegas, NV
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Stew-mac Narrow Fretwire works great with my Custom Ukuleles

Not in love

By Joshua Oudin from Denton, Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 23, 2012


I learned to fret with stewmac wire, but after trying others, I find that stewmac wire is much harder to install than others. Looking closer you can see that the angle between the tang and the crown is rounder than it could be, and the barbs themselves are somewhat rounder than they could be. This makes for a wire that is harder to press in and less likely to stay in. I love stewmac, but I am not in love with their fretwire - of any size. Loyal customer I will remain, but I will be buying my fretwire elsewhere.

Quality product

By DocT from New Zealand
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, July 14, 2012


The one I have used on all my builds so far, dresses up very well

Perfect fit for my ukuleles

By Na Lani Ukuleles from Hawaii
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, June 11, 2012


This fretwire is the perfect fit for my ukuleles; easy to shape, polish, and looks great! Aloha!

It does what it is supposed to!

By Hambone from Puyallup, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Take this review for what it is worth.

I am recently learning to play the banjo and I used this fretwire for the neck on a banjo that I built (1st one).

The fretwire was easy to install, easy to level and easy to polish. It does exactly what it is supposed to do, fret the strings to make music!

I am pleased with this product and I can't wait to build a second banjo!

Great fret wire

By Brianpa from cibolo, texas
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 31, 2012


The item is great like everything I get from stew mac.

Narrow fret wire

By Larry from Santa Maria, Ca
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Perfect size wire for banjo and ukulele- After all the labor of making a banjo, it makes no sense to go cheap on fret wire- I'll stick with Stew-Mac!

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