StewMac Stainless Steel Fretwire

StewMac Stainless Steel Fretwire

Our most popular fretwire sizes, now in stainless
Everyone loves stainless for its durability and longevity, plus it's easy to work with.

Get more miles between refrets
Stainless steel frets are slow to wear or develop grooves, so you get smooth string bends for years longer. Some players hear a slightly brighter tone with stainless.

Easier fret jobs
Unlike traditional fretwire, you don't need to "overbend" stainless steel wire. Curve it to your fretboard radius, and it stays put. The frets fit their slots without popping up, so less fret leveling is required.


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For acoustic or electric guitar. The most popular wire for refretting Martin, Fender, Guild, Gibson and other guitars.

Medium/medium, 82-foot pack (1 lb)

Item # 0148-SLB
In stock, ready to ship!

$116.42

3 or more $98.96
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Medium/medium, 2-foot piece

Item # 0148-S
In stock, ready to ship!

$7.68

3 or more $6.53
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Dan Erlewine's favorite fretwire!
For acoustic or electric guitar. Combines extra width with extra crown height.

Medium/higher, 64-foot pack (1 lb)

Item # 0152-SLB
In stock, ready to ship!

$97.88

3 or more $83.20
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Medium/higher, 2-foot piece

Item # 0152-S
In stock, ready to ship!

$13.69

3 or more $11.64
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For electric guitar or bass. Modern "jumbo" fretwire used on ESP, Jackson, Ibanez, Kramer and similar guitars.

Wide/highest, 52-foot pack (1 lb)

Item # 0150-SLB
In stock, ready to ship!

$105.37

3 or more $89.56
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Wide/highest, 2-foot piece

Item # 0150-S
In stock, ready to ship!

$12.08

3 or more $10.27
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StewMac Stainless Steel Fretwire

About This Item

Our most popular fretwire sizes, now in stainless
Everyone loves stainless for its durability and longevity, plus it's easy to work with.

Get more miles between refrets
Stainless steel frets are slow to wear or develop grooves, so you get smooth string bends for years longer. Some players hear a slightly brighter tone with stainless.

Easier fret jobs
Unlike traditional fretwire, you don't need to "overbend" stainless steel wire. Curve it to your fretboard radius, and it stays put. The frets fit their slots without popping up, so less fret leveling is required.



Medium fretwire is our most popular width and is used extensively by Martin, Fender and Gibson. If you're matching Gibson® "jumbo" fretwire from the late '50s, use our Medium width.

Wide fretwire is favored for string bending and is used on many modern electric guitars and basses.

Our fretwire is sized to fit a 0.023" (0.58mm) fret slot width.

Our fretting tools work well with stainless
All of our fretting tools are suitable for use on stainless-steel fretwire, with the exception of our Fret Tang Nippers. In our own shop, we find that this wire doesn't cause premature wear of files and sandpaper.

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 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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5.0

Great service

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Verified Buyer


I had ordered fret wire for the first time got it in a timely manner and a great customer service thanks

5.0

Great upgrade.

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Verified Buyer


Got the wide/highest wire, and was a great upgrade to my Les Paul. Hard to cut, but thats the whole point and why i bought it :). Found the best way to cut it was with a dremel, the rest with a file.

5.0

Hard

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Verified Buyer


Great to have on a guitar.. But man its hard to work with.. The hardest part was to cut the frets.. I wish SewMac had some super clippers to do that.. I hurt myself cutting them xP But i hope all the work will payoff

5.0

Great Tele wire replacement

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Verified Buyer


Client requested specific wire size for old Tele, chicken-pickin’ heaven.

3.0

Great fret wire once you clean the tape sticky off

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Verified Buyer


On my order of this fret wire it was taped to the bottom of a box. The fret wire radiused well and went into the project well. Problem was getting all the adhesive sticky off the fret wire before I could radius or use it. Had to use Goo-B-Gone cleaner to get it off.

5.0

Stainless steel Fretwire

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Verified Buyer


This is the perfect fret wire for all my instruments. Why is it called steel when it does not attract a magnet?

5.0

Tough stuff

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Verified Buyer


Steel is a little harder to work with than silver/nickel (you'll need something tougher than standard snippers - a little bolt cutter works great), but if you do an intensive finger dance over these you're fingertips come out clean - so right away you appreciate how little wear there is.

5.0

SS frets

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Verified Buyer


I only do Stainless steel fret work. I have done about 5 banjo's and 6 mandolins. Everyone likes
the brighter sound and the fact you will never have to re-fret again. I'm doing this for friends.

5.0

Stainless frets are easier to work with.

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Verified Buyer


Although Stainless Steel is harder than nickle-bronze, it is easy to bend by hand without bending jigs. It can be polished with a high-speed buffing wheel on a Dremel to a chrome-like finish, AND it will not tarnish!

1.0

Stainless steel fretwire

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Verified Buyer


I cut a set of frets, with the s.s. Fret wire for the first time. I was doing a bound f.b. As usual.
I have always rough cut the fret tangs with my trusty Stewmac fret cutters, then cleaned the underside flush with a file. I didn't get half the tangs undercut and my always reliable fret cutters were dead, dulled to useless by the tough stainless steel. Having started in sheet metal way back in my youth, and worker with a lot of s.s. , I should have known it would happen. Now I'm trying to decide whether
to return the s.s. Wire for regular wire or not. I undercut the rest of the fret tangs on a 1" belt sander.
They get real hot, real fast, and can discolour the ends from heat.
Once installed, I'm sure they'll last forever, and sound nice and bright, I just don't think that, for me, it's worth all the extra fuss. And ruining a pair of good fret cutters

Response from StewMac


Hi Russ,
We're sorry our Stainless Steel Fretwire didn't work for you as you expected. Quality and 100% Total Satisfaction is our goal every day. If a product fails to work as intended in your shop, we'll take back the product and replace it or refund you. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273 so we can make this right.

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