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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-foot pack (1 pound)

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

$49.75

3 or more $42.29
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Medium/Medium, 2-foot piece

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-foot pack (1 pound)

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

$48.61

3 or more $41.32
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Medium/High, 2-foot piece

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-foot pack (1 pound)

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

$43.00

3 or more $36.55
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Medium/Higher, 2-foot piece

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-foot pack (1 pound)

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

$52.37

3 or more $44.51
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Medium/Highest, 2-foot piece

Item # 0155
In stock, ready to ship!

$4.65

3 or more $3.95
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StewMac Medium Fretwire

About This Item

.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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Excellent quality fretwire

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I have 5 different sizes at the moment in my shop, all from StewMac and I'm very satisfied with it!
I like also the fact that they're not cut into small pieces as Dunlop does so I can cut the lenghts as I need them.
AJ

5.0

First time is a charm

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After watching some videos and reading some I was able to do a professional Fret Job on my 1965 Gibson Kalamazoo electric Guitar. I took a chance at it being my first one but after 10 hours she looks great and plays fantastic! For about six bucks in wire and under 100.00 in tools I am really becoming good at Guitar repair and upgrades thanks to Stew Mac for all the help and vidios as well as all the right tools and some at a price I can live with. Thanks to everyone at Stew Mac.
STUDIO7707 ON EBAY

5.0

New life for my old Daion L-999!

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I bought my guitar back in the 80s and it's been a wonderful acquiantance. Wear and tear over the years created the need to replace the top 4 frets and StewMac had the correct dimensions, speedy delivery and a fretwire that was a charm to work with! Thank you for the high quality material and excellent service!

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Cigar Box Guitars

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I have been building Cigar Box Guitars for a couple of years and have found that Stew Mac is the only Fretwire that insures a Quality build each and every time. I purchase the one pound quantity for added savings..
Jim

5.0

Very Nice!! 

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I always use this number is very good
perfect assembly and good leveling

5.0

StewMac fretwire

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

5.0

Does the job well.

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

4.0

Order for Dummies

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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

5.0

Seems good.

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

4.0

Med/med fret wire

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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.

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