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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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$57.73

3 or more $49.07
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Narrow/Low, 2-foot piece

Item # 0764
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$3.19

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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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$55.08

3 or more $46.82
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Narrow/Medium, 2-foot piece

Item # 0147
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$4.14

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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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4.0

Delicate Wire!

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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!

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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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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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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.

5.0

Great for ukuleles

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I use this on my ukulele it is just the right size.

5.0

Very good quality!

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I got this for a banjo project and have to say that it is excellent fretwire. I highly recommend it. You cannot get better than this.

5.0

Very Nice Material

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Great Product - Fast Delivery - Fair Price.
The three things that matter most, StewMac delivers.
True story.

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StewMac Narrow Fretwire

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Fret wire was too small for the slots of a vintage tenor banjo. I have reordered larger wire.Good quality and fast service

5.0

Perfect size!

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I had a customer come in the shop with an Appalachian Woodrow. It had the typical Dorian scale seen on all dulcimer type instruments. My customer wanted the Woodrow to have a chromatic scale. I ordered this fretwire and it matches the existing fretwire perfectly.

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