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
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$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
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$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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Works on a guitar as well

By Claus L++ber from Denmark
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 29, 2011


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!

Narrow Fretwire

By Pudlglum from Newcastle, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, October 03, 2011


works as expected

Good stuff

By Gibby from Sydney, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 28, 2011


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

THE fretwire!

By Claudio Kezen from Brazil
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, September 27, 2011


In my opinion the best fretwire in the market.

Uniquelele's

By LASauve from Modesto, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 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

Excellent product -Mandolin fretwire

By Foley String Instruments from Dallas, Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 05, 2011


Always buy my fretwire from StewMac. Excellent product.

hard to start

By jerry1 from New Haven, MO
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 31, 2011


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.

first time uke maker

By Tom Massie from Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 20, 2011


I am making a cigar box uke and it is all new to me. I made a fret press out of hardwood with a 1/2" dowel for a shaft to use in my ShopSmith drill press. I pressed several frets in practice slots before installing them in my fret board. I installed all frets without any problems or waste. They look great and I am very pleased. I haven't made my nut or saddle I got from you so I don't have a review for them. All of your free information sure has been a big help. Thanks.

Hobby Time

By Martyathome from Moorpark
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 11, 2011


I enjoy your timely way of doing business. This helps me stay busy and out of the wife's hair!!! LOL

Mandolin refret

By Wind River Guitars from Wind River Basin, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 08, 2011


Approximates vintage wire very nicely.

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