StewMac Medium Fretwire

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.080" to .095"
Medium widths are the most popular (used extensively by Martin, Fender and Gibson). #0148 Medium is our best seller.

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

Medium/medium, 68 ft (1 lb)

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

$49.75

3 or more $42.29
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Medium/medium, 2 ft

Item # 0148
In stock, ready to ship!

$3.86

3 or more $3.28
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For acoustic or electric guitar. Somewhat narrower than our #0149 wide/medium fretwire, it can be redressed without becoming too flat.

Medium/high, 52 ft (1 lb)

Item # 0141-LB
In stock, ready to ship!

$48.61

3 or more $41.32
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Medium/high, 2 ft

Item # 0141
In stock, ready to ship!

$4.64

3 or more $3.94
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Dan Erlewine's favorite fretwire!
For acoustic or electric guitar. Combines extra width with extra crown height.

Medium/higher, 54 ft (1 lb)

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

$43.00

3 or more $36.55
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Medium/higher, 2 ft

Item # 0152
In stock, ready to ship!

$4.74

3 or more $4.03
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For acoustic or electric guitar. Extra height for leveling and recrowning after installation or refretting.

Medium/highest, 60 ft (1 lb)

Item # 0155-LB
In stock, ready to ship!

$52.37

3 or more $44.51
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Medium/highest, 2 ft

Item # 0155
In stock, ready to ship!

$4.65

3 or more $3.95
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Details

.080" to .095"
Medium widths are the most popular (used extensively by Martin, Fender and Gibson). #0148 Medium is our best seller.

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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StewMac Medium Fretwire

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StewMac fretwire

By Randy Wood from Cullman, Alabama
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 09, 2011


This fretwire is best in the business!
Small quantities get same A-1 service as large orders.

Does the job well.

By Alex Page from Red Wing, MN
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 12, 2011


I used this with the StewMac fretboards with great results. No slippage and no pops-outs. No epoxy is necessary. Works great.

Order for Dummies

By Larry Inman from DeSoto KS
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 11, 2011


I ordered fret wire for a job but forgot it takes two sticks of wire to do one fret board for steel string 21 frets. A reminder on the form might be nice

Seems good.

By Jerhico Guitars from Altona, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 07, 2011


Seems good so far. Yet to see how long it lasts though.

Med/med fret wire

By Shaun from Santa Barbara
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 06, 2011


This wire went in smoothly (using the jaws 2 and flat brass whodicky) and seated well. I have had no lifting after a month--and much playing-- so all is well. However, the wire's profile is a little pointy on the top edge, so it chews through strings pretty quickly.



From what I've seen in the comparisons I've done, this gauge of wire is very close to that which can be found on many classical/flamenco guitars. What I have also noticed is that experienced luthiers sometimes seem to know that the wire is "sharp" and will purposefully flatten it off on frets 2 thru 7 to minimize string wear. Also, if your fingerboard happens to be perfectly flat under tension (which is how I prefer it), the small amount sanded off the tops of frets 2-7 lessens the inevitable fret buzz that occurs in that area.



If you think in terms of the string vibrating in a circular motion, and add the fact that the further you go up the fret, the higher the action gets, you'll see that this particular fret area should be the only section that needs minor reduction. After about the 7-9th fret, buzz should no longer be a problem, even with low action. If it is, you probably have an arc in the fingerboard.

Stew-mac fretwire

By Soxymusic from Melbourne, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 09, 2011


I've always used either Dunlop or German made wire. I had a refret for a customer - and felt that the sizes available to me were not right...the customers 62 reissue tele needed a vintage size wire with a little more height and width. This wire worked out perfectly. The wire is very good value and nice that it is packaged airtight - especially as here in Melbourne the salt air tends to corrode metal quicker than other cities I've lived in.

Perfect fit

By Hackl Guitars from Denver, CO
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 17, 2011


Had an old 1980's ovation come in for it's second re fret. The frets went in with no problem at all. I was happy to find the exact match.

experimental neck

By Rob Zacharias from Valley City, Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 04, 2011


I like the medium fretwire and rosewood finger board I used on this neck made out of cherry. Thought I would give it a try on this curly maple body finished with Colortone blue dye. Thanks stewmac for your always great service and great products

I'll stick with coils of fretwire

By Nate Clark from Ithaca, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 03, 2011


I pre-grind fret ends, so it's important that I over-bend the fretwire by a precise amount in relation to the fretboard of the guitar at hand. Different 2' lengths of fretwire from the same tube of stew-mac fretwire would bend to different radii when sent through the fret-bender at the same setting. This meant that I over-bent and thus wasted a lot of fretwire and time. The problem is that Stew Mac gave me multiple batches (like yarn "dye lots") of fretwire in the same tube. I think that this isn't a problem for most folks but it's problematic for me. Also, the wire was pretty dirty requiring a good cleaning.

Just Right

By B Patrick from Conway, AR
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Installed this fret wire on two 000 guitars. Just the right size and is well made. No installation problems.

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