StewMac Cryowire Fretwire

StewMac Cryowire Fretwire

Cryowire: Tougher frets without the stress
Frets that last longer and play better, without extra work.

There have been many advances in fretwire over the last decade, but new materials have been tougher to work with, wear tools faster, or don't have the traditional look you and your customers want.

We wanted to see how we could make traditional fret material better. We found that cryogenic, or deep freezing treatment, has been used in countless industries to make metal parts tougher and more durable.


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

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Medium/Medium, 68-foot pack (1 lb)

Item # 0148-LBC
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$61.42

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Medium/Medium, 2-foot piece

Item # 0148-C
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$5.10

3 or more $4.33
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For acoustic or electric guitar. Somewhat narrower than our #0149 wide/medium fretwire, it can be redressed without becoming too flat.

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Medium/High, 52-foot pack (1 lb)

Item # 0141-LBC
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$66.04

3 or more $56.13
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Medium/High, 2-foot piece

Item # 0141-C
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$6.07

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

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Medium/Higher, 54-foot pack (1 lb)

Item # 0152-LBC
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$61.87

3 or more $52.59
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Medium/Higher, 2-foot piece

Item # 0152-C
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$6.74

3 or more $5.73
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For acoustic or electric guitar. Extra height for leveling and recrowning after installation or refretting.

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Medium/Highest, 60-foot pack (1 lb)

Item # 0155-LBC
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$70.40

3 or more $59.84
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Medium/Highest, 2-foot piece

Item # 0155-C
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$6.03

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StewMac Cryowire Fretwire

About This Item

Cryowire: Tougher frets without the stress
Frets that last longer and play better, without extra work.

There have been many advances in fretwire over the last decade, but new materials have been tougher to work with, wear tools faster, or don't have the traditional look you and your customers want.

We wanted to see how we could make traditional fret material better. We found that cryogenic, or deep freezing treatment, has been used in countless industries to make metal parts tougher and more durable.

The cryo-treatment makes the metal denser on a molecular level, improving strength, toughness, and wear resistance. Our techs tried this with fretwire, and the results were surprisingly positive.

Material you know with better performance
Cryowire is the nickel material you know, now just more durable. Our techs found that even though the cryo treated frets are less prone to wear, they're easier to work with than other materials. The new Cryowire doesn't dull fret cutters and files as fast as stainless steel wire. These frets also hold their shape better when bending to a radius, they dress smoother, and grab files less.

The most important part: these frets play great! The playing surface is smoother and more uniform, making them feel "fast" and bending strings has never been easier. We've tested these frets in our shops and on our instruments and found that they are a real improvement over standard nickel-silver frets, and much less hassle than stainless steel frets.

Cryowire lasts longer and plays better. Save time between refrets and enjoy a better playing instrument.

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.

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

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

Ideal fret wire for me.

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I like the moderate hight. Cryowire seems slightly harder than standard but machines easily and dosnt dull or ruin my tools.

3.0

No substitute for stainless steel durability/feel

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Like I'm sure many, I've pretty much converted over to stainless steel. For myself and for my builds and repairs I do for others. Can't deny they feel smoother, play faster and last a long long time. And while I generally don't really mind the extra work it takes to use stainless steel, it definitely takes longer and eats up files and sandpaper faster. So, fast forward to this Cryo wire. It sounded appealing and I wasn't expecting stainless steel durability, but I was hoping for a noticeable improvement over standard nickel fret wire.

The good- this stuff is VERY easy to work with. Once you get the hang of it. It almost works like wood. Meaning you can shape, for example, the ends very easily. A couple file strokes and the sanding process by hand and the ends are smooth and nicely rounded. It does seem to grab into the slot better than any wire I've tried. While I didn't have to level the new install much, it took *maybe* a minute or two with a file to quickly level all the frets. They sanded smooth with a few successive grits in no time. So without a doubt, they work as advertised when it comes to working with this fretwire. I had them smooth and shining in record time.

The bad- I became kinda alarmed with how easy this stuff is to mar and ding up. Forget hammering these in. I press my frets in, but when setting a few practice frets to see how much I should radius the wire I hammered a few in. The brass head of the hammer dented them, no matter how light id hit them. The plastic side would leave dents in the shape of fretwire. flat spots, etc. the wire was clearly easily bent out of shape even with the plastic side of the hammer. Pressing them in worked great and I have no complaints with that, since that's my preferred method, but hammering them in would need extreme care.

And finally, with even just a couple days of heavy playing, there's is already wear under the low strings and the beginning of some divots under the plain strings. While I've started to see some VERY light wear on my stainless wire, it took about a year before I started setting *something. Nothing I'm concerned with. With the Cryo wire I noticed wear within days. I honestly think standard nickel wire lasts just as good, if not better. It's still very early and maybe there is some magic wear resistance that'll kick in, but I don't feel these have the durability i was hoping for.

5.0

Cryowire

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Great stuff. Works well