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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.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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Easy to work with

By theajthomas from Halifax, NS, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, June 18, 2011


I'm VERY new to fret work but I found this fretwire very east to work with and I'm happy with the results I got on my project.

Accurate

By Julyan Wallis, Guitar Doctor UK from Cornwall, UK
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 04, 2011


Accurate fretwire that is consistent and reliable.

Narrow fretwire

By Bonneur from South Bend, IN
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 09, 2011


This is the first fretwire I have ever used. I built a custom acoustic guitar with 24 frets on an ebony fingerboard and it feels great with these mandolin frets. The only aspect that I did not like was its capacity for correcting the bend radius after cutting to working length. Attribute that to my beginner status which I have learned from and will not repeat. Beginners should not be afraid of this. Just ensure the bend radius matches the fingerboard before cutting to length and these go into the slot easily. The accompanying picture is the unfinished guitar.

Narrow/Low wire unusable

By mtenney from Maine
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 21, 2011


The Stewmac narrow low wire for banjo and mandolins is essentially unusable. The nibbers on the tang are rounded not tapered as they are on thicker wires and won't start in the fret slots. It is a very poor design!

Fretwire

By markgrant from tennessee
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, December 09, 2010


Great product. It will take some practice to master the art of installing on a compound radius fretboard, if like me you have never done this before. Buy extra to compensate for any mistakes. It also helps to notch the tang to assist in bending to the curve of the fretboard unless you want to spend almost a $100 for the FretBender.

Frets that are the best!

By Lennie Joseph from Rochelle Park NJ
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 07, 2010


I see that every part I buy from you fits very well, but these little frets saved me so much time on my recent mandolin repair that I had time to play it for a while and enjoy my work! Kudos, you guys are the best!

Love it.

By Ricky Hendrix from Russellville Arkansas
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Unless a customer request something different, there getting StewMac wire. Plenty of sizes. I've never not been able to match up for a partial refret. I think its about time to start selling some stainless steel though.

by the ton!!

By Back Porch Mojo from Southern Illinois
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 17, 2010


I buy stew mac fret wire a lot!! I use two profiles on my Cigar box guitars and buy 2-3 pounds a month!! its good Stuff!!

Narrow fretwire

By Robert Smith from Spring Grove, PA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 03, 2010


Over the years I have purchased fretwire from StewMac. Totally satisfied. Had one incident where one 2 ft section, out of at least a mile, that I have purchased. I would call this 99.99999%. Stick with StewMac. They are the best. Robert

Buy the pounders!

By Elroy Alpaca from Abington, MA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 29, 2010


The tubes they come in are nicely labled and keep the fretwire straight and clean until your ready to snip 'em up.

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