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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

3 or more $44.59
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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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5.0

Flawless fretwire

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consistently excellent fretwire

5.0

Nice wire for vintage banjo

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Used this in a 1920's Cetta tenor banjo. Good quality fret wire that matched the original width and height pretty well. Stewmax shipping helps with the cost and I'm always happy with Stewmac's same day shipping.

5.0

Great for ukes!

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I tried using standard wire on ukes but this is much better for intonation and tone.

3.0

Good stuff!

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The best part of this product is the ability to purchase it in small quantities.

5.0

fretwire

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Great fretwire for ukes and dulcimers. Combined with the fret saw and fret press I get perfect results every time. No more having to go back and true up frets to make the instrument playable. Thanks StewMac.

5.0

StewMac Narrow Fretwire

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Great product, used it many time with great results.

5.0

fret wire

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works great, fret job fantastic

5.0

Perfect!

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As announced and excellent quality!

5.0

Mando Resto

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2 lengths worked perfectly for mandolin with a little left over.

5.0

Quick and Perfect!

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I am making a double-size ukulele that will actually play, despite the fact that the body will be a cake for a ukulele-club party. the base is two levels, about an inch apart, to provide sound. Banjo strings provide the tune, as I think they will sound brighter. I tried making my own frets and failed, These that you sent are absolutely perfect!

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