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StewMac Narrow Fretwire

StewMac Narrow Fretwire

.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 lb)

Item # 0764-LB
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$67.28

3 or more $57.19
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Narrow/Low, 2-foot piece

Item # 0764
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$4.02

3 or more $3.42
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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 lb)

Item # 0147-LB
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$63.15

3 or more $53.68
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Narrow/Medium, 2-foot piece

Item # 0147
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$5.21

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StewMac Narrow Fretwire

About This Item

.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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5.0

Narrow/Medium perfect for "Fender Vintage"

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Verified Buyer


I bought these for a fender no-caster build. They are the perfect size for what I was looking for. Thanks!

5.0

Fret wire and general.

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Great company, great YouTube videos!

4.0

Nice enough but...

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This is a nice product. I used them for a ukelele fingerboard. The straight pieces are nice for that. I would have preferred medium/medium. First time I tried narrow. Old timely look though.

5.0

Great looks

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I bought this for a lap steel, so I was only looking for the fret as a position marker. They are highly polished right out of the box and very solid. I was worried about kinking or bending as they are the thin/narrow ones, but they are very sturdy and easy to work with. I would definitely use these on a mandolin or even a travel guitar project.

5.0

Quality

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Quality product!

5.0

StewMac Fretwire

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I've been using the Narrow Mandolin Fretwire for around 8 years now, building Mandolins, Ukuleles, and other assorted Folk instruments. The quality and consistency of the product has saved me a lot of time as it requires minimal dressing and leveling.

5.0

Nice fret wire

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Verified Buyer


I use #148 on guitar and ukes and glue the frets in with Black ca glue. Perfect :)

5.0

Completely Satisfied

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This fretwire was exactly what I expected. My 2' lengths came packed diagonally and taped down in a cardboard box rather than a tube like in the pictures, but I'd assume that was because of my small order quantity. No issues at all though.

5.0

Narrow fretwire

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Verified Buyer


Used this fret wire as markers on a square neck resonator. It took a couple of fret installs to figure out how to insert it into the slot. (I was trying to press them in all at once and the fret wire kept flopping over. I installed them starting with one side and carefully pressed them in.) I will be using this fret wire when I do my next Uke build.

5.0

Wear longer?

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If it's any indication of the cryowire's toughness, the ends dress almost as hard as stainless steel. I'm going to use on all of my refrets and builds....whenever narrow and fat become available.

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