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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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$63.04

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Narrow/Low, 2-foot piece

Item # 0764
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$3.65

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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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$60.14

3 or more $51.12
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Narrow/Medium, 2-foot piece

Item # 0147
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$4.74

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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

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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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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.

2.0

Very hard to start, stay put if you can install them

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I've used this wire on about a dozen ukuleles and have grown to dread the installation process. I use Stew Mac frets, Stew Mac fret press, the Stew Mac fret saw, Stew Mac fret end-nippers - if they had a 'Stew Mac Frets' hat, I'd probably have that, too. Because the nibs on the tang go all the way to the bottom of the tang, and the tang measures 0.034" maximum width at the nibs, there is no way to get the fret started in a slot which measures about 0.022" without hammering the **** out of it. You can't use the fret press to start the fret - it just pushes the fret over sideways, breaking chips out of the edge of the fingerboard ('fb' from now on) slot. I see no way you could use these on a re-fret with the fb glued to a neck - it takes too heavy a hammer blow to start them. I finally found a method which, if followed religiously, gives successful results. This works for new construction only. I tack-glue the fd to a flat backer 2x4 for mass. Then, I start with a piece of fretwire with about 1/4" overhang on each side of the fb. Very carefully holding this wire vertically aligned, I start one edge with a couple firm hammer blows - you get once chance on this. Then, I position the fret under the fret press caul, VERY carefully lower the caul to contact the whole fret, only one end of which is seated, and VERY carefully apply pressure with the press while watching and adjusting the vertical alignment of the tang to make sure it doesn't shift sideways, which it always wants to do. Once they are in, in general I have no problem with them staying put. I will try to find a different fret next time.

5.0

Fret wire for mandolins

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Verified Buyer


Working as expected.

5.0

Excellent product!

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Verified Buyer


Perfect for my Deering, now playing really well - limited only by my talent!!!

5.0

Perfect for my Deering!

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Verified Buyer


A quality product that means my banjo is now playing really well again.

5.0

Any size you need...

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Verified Buyer


Stew-Mac has it1

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