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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.


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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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$60.04

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Narrow/Low, 2-foot piece

Item # 0764
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$3.32

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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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$57.28

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Narrow/Medium, 2-foot piece

Item # 0147
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$4.31

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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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5.0

banjo uke

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The fret wires worked fine for the job I needed them for. Good quality stuff.

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Narrow fret wire

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Prefect for my 1917 A4 mando refret

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5 Star Fret Wire

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Excellent quality!

5.0

Fret wire

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As advertised

4.0

Great find. Just what I needed... but...

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I needed this fretwire size... exactly. The only issue I have is that the ends of every one of them needs a little extra cut off. It's not bad... I've just been in situations before where an 1/8" makes a world of difference. But... they are exactly what this Yamaha needed.

Response from StewMac



We're glad to hear that the fretwire was the exact size your project called for. Unfortunately, the extrusion process used to make our fretwire leaves about an 1/8" on one end that is not shaped perfectly.
We stand behind our return policy -- if you are not satisfied you may return it anytime for a refund or exchange. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273.

4.0

Delicate Wire!

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Verified Buyer


This wire should be good for the build but wow is it delicate. I'm more used to working with guitars so this will be interesting. Build story will be on Hijinx guitiars soon!

5.0

fretwire installed by amateur

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I ruined first three pcs. You do need to use a radiused caul for best results. Installed 18 frets leveled up and polished about 20min. WELL PLEASED Would add photo but Im not that good

4.0

Nice and straight !

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Verified Buyer


I had ordered some fret wire from another source and when it arrived.....it was curved. Not good for a dulcimer !!!! Nice to have some straight stock available for the job. Love all the tech tips on the website....always have been a hobbyist.....but now starting to learn about instrument maintenance and building. Thanks

5.0

Great product .

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Have always had a good experience with your delivery and with products I have bought .

5.0

Narrow Fret Wire

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Verified Buyer


Thanks for the great service on fret wire. I had two re-fretting jobs to do and getting the wire as fast as I did everybody is happy, THANKS.

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