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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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$54.98

3 or more $46.73
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Narrow/Low, 2-foot piece

Item # 0764
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$3.04

3 or more $2.58
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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
In stock, ready to ship!

$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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great product easy to fit and the tube save you having it all over your work shop

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I needed narrow fret wire for a new banjo build. Stew mac always has what I need in stock with fast shipping. Had ordered elsewhere but my order never arrived. Will stick with stew mac.

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For those vintage mandolins!

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Great stuff. Its a good match for a partial replacement on Weber mandolins and Deering banjos. I have a selection of sizes on hand.

5.0

perfect

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best fret for the money

4.0

Banjolele

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Your fretwire did an outstanding job of restoring the neck of my 1920's banjolele. The old brass frets were way to low for the action and taller frets made life easier. I would like a longer tang.

4.0

Works on a guitar as well

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A customer specified this fretwire for an electric guitar he wanted me to build, and it eventually worked out great.

If you plan on using this fretwire with an ebony fingerboard you probably need to shave some width of the tang barbs. I had to give up after only a few frets on an ebony board I had bought here too. I couldn't get them seated properly. The barbs on the tang was too wide for the very hard wood. Fret Barber to the rescue tho and the job was easy!

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works as expected

5.0

Good stuff

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I have used this fretwire on 2 recent builds of Baritone Ukuleles. It's easy to work with and well priced.

5.0

THE fretwire!

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In my opinion the best fretwire in the market.

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