StewMac Stainless Steel Fretwire

StewMac Stainless Steel Fretwire

Our most popular fretwire sizes, now in stainless
Everyone loves stainless for its durability and longevity, plus it's easy to work with.

Get more miles between refrets
Stainless steel frets are slow to wear or develop grooves, so you get smooth string bends for years longer. Some players hear a slightly brighter tone with stainless.

Easier fret jobs
Unlike traditional fretwire, you don't need to "overbend" stainless steel wire. Curve it to your fretboard radius, and it stays put. The frets fit their slots without popping up, so less fret leveling is required.


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For acoustic or electric guitar. The most popular wire for refretting Martin, Fender, Guild, Gibson and other guitars.

Medium/medium, 82 ft (1lb)

Item # 0148-SLB
In stock, ready to ship!

$116.42

3 or more $98.96
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Medium/medium, 2 ft

Item # 0148-S
In stock, ready to ship!

$7.68

3 or more $6.53
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Dan Erlewine's favorite fretwire!
For acoustic or electric guitar. Combines extra width with extra crown height.

Medium/higher, 64 ft (1lb)

Item # 0152-SLB
In stock, ready to ship!

$97.88

3 or more $83.20
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Medium/higher, 2 ft

Item # 0152-S
In stock, ready to ship!

$13.69

3 or more $11.64
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For electric guitar or bass. Modern "jumbo" fretwire used on ESP, Jackson, Ibanez, Kramer and similar guitars.

Wide/highest, 52 ft (1lb)

Item # 0150-SLB
In stock, ready to ship!

$105.37

3 or more $89.56
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Wide/highest, 2 ft

Item # 0150-S
In stock, ready to ship!

$12.08

3 or more $10.27
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StewMac Stainless Steel Fretwire

About This Item

Our most popular fretwire sizes, now in stainless
Everyone loves stainless for its durability and longevity, plus it's easy to work with.

Get more miles between refrets
Stainless steel frets are slow to wear or develop grooves, so you get smooth string bends for years longer. Some players hear a slightly brighter tone with stainless.

Easier fret jobs
Unlike traditional fretwire, you don't need to "overbend" stainless steel wire. Curve it to your fretboard radius, and it stays put. The frets fit their slots without popping up, so less fret leveling is required.



Medium fretwire is our most popular width and is used extensively by Martin, Fender and Gibson. If you're matching Gibson® "jumbo" fretwire from the late '50s, use our Medium width.

Wide fretwire is favored for string bending and is used on many modern electric guitars and basses.

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

Our fretting tools work well with stainless
All of our fretting tools are suitable for use on stainless-steel fretwire, with the exception of our Fret Tang Nippers. In our own shop, we find that this wire doesn't cause premature wear of files and sandpaper.

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 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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5.0

Stainless frets are easier to work with.

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Although Stainless Steel is harder than nickle-bronze, it is easy to bend by hand without bending jigs. It can be polished with a high-speed buffing wheel on a Dremel to a chrome-like finish, AND it will not tarnish!

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Stainless steel fretwire

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Verified Buyer


I cut a set of frets, with the s.s. Fret wire for the first time. I was doing a bound f.b. As usual.
I have always rough cut the fret tangs with my trusty Stewmac fret cutters, then cleaned the underside flush with a file. I didn't get half the tangs undercut and my always reliable fret cutters were dead, dulled to useless by the tough stainless steel. Having started in sheet metal way back in my youth, and worker with a lot of s.s. , I should have known it would happen. Now I'm trying to decide whether
to return the s.s. Wire for regular wire or not. I undercut the rest of the fret tangs on a 1" belt sander.
They get real hot, real fast, and can discolour the ends from heat.
Once installed, I'm sure they'll last forever, and sound nice and bright, I just don't think that, for me, it's worth all the extra fuss. And ruining a pair of good fret cutters

Response from StewMac


Hi Russ,
We're sorry our Stainless Steel Fretwire didn't work for you as you expected. Quality and 100% Total Satisfaction is our goal every day. If a product fails to work as intended in your shop, we'll take back the product and replace it or refund you. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273 so we can make this right.

5.0

A real upgrade

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I finally bit the bullet and tried out a refret with this stainless steel fretwire, and I have to say I am very impressed! It is definitely harder to work with than traditional alloys and requires a significant amount of extra labor in pretty much every aspect of processing it, but the end results are well worth the effort! It polishes to a true mirror shine that retains its luster (the fret ends are almost blinding when they catch a light) and the difference in feel is incredible; traditional alloys feel slow and clunky by comparison. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a significant upgrade to their instrument!