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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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StewMac Narrow Fretwire

StewMac Narrow Fretwire
Modern standard mandolin fretwire. Popular for ukulele. This size is sometimes used for approximating old-style small banjo fretwire.
 Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
 0764-LB  Narrow/low, 96 ft (1 lb)
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3 or more $46.73

 0764  Narrow/low, 2 ft Yes

StewMac Narrow Fretwire
A bit larger than pre-war Martin guitar wire or pre-war banjo wire. This is the standard modern fretwire for banjos and dulcimers.
 Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
 0147-LB  Narrow/medium, 70 ft (1 lb)
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3 or more $44.59

 0147  Narrow/medium, 2 ft Yes

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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.

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.

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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StewMac Narrow Fretwire
StewMac Narrow Fretwire
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5 8-20-2011
first time uke maker

I am making a cigar box uke and it is all new to me. I made a fret press out of hardwood with a 1/2" dowel for a shaft to use in my ShopSmith drill press. I pressed several frets in practice slots before installing them in my fret board. I installed all frets without any problems or waste. They look great and I am very pleased. I haven't made my nut or saddle I got from you so I don't have a review for them. All of your free information sure has been a big help. Thanks.

Tom Massie  Florida
5 8-13-2011
#147 Fretwire

I make cigar box instruments, mostly 5-string banjos and electric guitars, and this is my go-to fretwire. Easiest of them all to install, level and crown, and comparing the specs to "medium" fretwires, it's right in the same ballpark and works well with both guitars and banjos.

Todd Treadway  Lakewood, CO Read my reviews (2)
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5 7-11-2011
Hobby Time

I enjoy your timely way of doing business. This helps me stay busy and out of the wife's hair!!! LOL

Martyathome  Moorpark Read my reviews (2)
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5 7-08-2011
Mandolin refret

Approximates vintage wire very nicely.

Wind River Guitars  Wind River Basin, USA Read my reviews (3)
5 6-18-2011
Easy to work with

I'm VERY new to fret work but I found this fretwire very east to work with and I'm happy with the results I got on my project.

theajthomas  Halifax, NS, Canada Read my reviews (3)
5 5-04-2011

Accurate fretwire that is consistent and reliable.

Julyan Wallis, Guitar Doctor UK  Cornwall, UK Read my reviews (45)
4 4-09-2011
Narrow fretwire

This is the first fretwire I have ever used. I built a custom acoustic guitar with 24 frets on an ebony fingerboard and it feels great with these mandolin frets. The only aspect that I did not like was its capacity for correcting the bend radius after cutting to working length. Attribute that to my beginner status which I have learned from and will not repeat. Beginners should not be afraid of this. Just ensure the bend radius matches the fingerboard before cutting to length and these go into the slot easily. The accompanying picture is the unfinished guitar.

Bonneur  South Bend, IN Read my reviews (6)
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1 3-21-2011
Narrow/Low wire unusable

The Stewmac narrow low wire for banjo and mandolins is essentially unusable. The nibbers on the tang are rounded not tapered as they are on thicker wires and won't start in the fret slots. It is a very poor design!

mtenney  Maine
5 2-05-2011
Nice Match

This wire was used on an old inexpensive Stewart archtop that the owner wanted to be playable but left, as much as possible, in its badly worn condition. The new frets are tight and match the originals almost perfectly. I am very pleased with the result.

Thomas  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Read my reviews (4)
5 12-09-2010

Great product. It will take some practice to master the art of installing on a compound radius fretboard, if like me you have never done this before. Buy extra to compensate for any mistakes. It also helps to notch the tang to assist in bending to the curve of the fretboard unless you want to spend almost a $100 for the FretBender.

markgrant  tennessee Read my reviews (17)
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