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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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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-foot pack (1 pound)

Item # 0764-LB
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$54.98

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Narrow/Low, 2-foot piece

Item # 0764
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$3.04

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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-foot pack (1 pound)

Item # 0147-LB
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$52.46

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Narrow/Medium, 2-foot piece

Item # 0147
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$3.94

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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.

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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4.0

Good for vintage look

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Even though it is made for mandolins narrow fretwire is ideal for recreating the design of banjos made in the early twentieth century. It fits the overall design of my banjos better than more modern fretwire does.

5.0

Great fret wire!

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I got the finest wire for a special project I'm working on and I couldn't be happier ! I had to inlay special frets that don't reach the edge of the fingerboard and these were unbelievably perfect.

5.0

Narrow fret wire

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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.

5.0

CGB frets

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These worked great for my cigar box guitar project.

4.0

Rejuvenated Fender mando

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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.

5.0

Narrow Fretwire

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Stew-mac Narrow Fretwire works great with my Custom Ukuleles

2.0

Not in love

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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.

5.0

Quality product

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

5.0

Perfect fit for my ukuleles

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

5.0

It does what it is supposed to!

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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!

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