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StewMac Gold Fretwire

StewMac Gold Fretwire

Get longer life and a new look from your frets.
Gold fretwire is durable, easy to work with, and adds a unique style to your builds.

For many years, your choices in fretwire were very limited. Nickel-silver has been used for decades, but it tarnishes and wears over time. Some prefer the extreme long life of stainless steel, but it can be hard on your tools and difficult to install. Now we've discovered a new material that has the best for both materials: it combines durability, easy workability, and an attractive look.

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 wire by the pound.


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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, 76-foot pack (1lb)

Item # 0148-GLB
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$139.99
$118.99

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Medium/Medium, 2-foot piece

Item # 0148-G
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15% OFF SALE

$8.70
$7.39

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

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Medium/Higher, 58-foot pack (1lb)

Item # 0152-GLB
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15% OFF SALE

$138.68
$117.88

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Medium/Higher, 2-foot piece

Item # 0152-G
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15% OFF SALE

$9.60
$8.16

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Unique pyramid profile for electric guitar or bass. A little extra height, and a unique profile with sloped sides.

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Wide/Pyramid, 46-foot pack (1lb)

Item # 0158-GLB
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15% OFF SALE

$114.16
$97.04

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Wide/Pyramid, 2-foot piece

Item # 0158-G
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15% OFF SALE

$9.96
$8.47

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

New!

Wide/Highest, 46-foot pack (1lb)

Item # 0150-GLB
In stock, ready to ship!
15% OFF SALE

$114.16
$97.04

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New!

Wide/Highest, 2-foot piece

Item # 0150-G
In stock, ready to ship!
15% OFF SALE

$9.96
$8.47

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StewMac Gold Fretwire

About This Item

Get longer life and a new look from your frets.
Gold fretwire is durable, easy to work with, and adds a unique style to your builds.

For many years, your choices in fretwire were very limited. Nickel-silver has been used for decades, but it tarnishes and wears over time. Some prefer the extreme long life of stainless steel, but it can be hard on your tools and difficult to install. Now we've discovered a new material that has the best for both materials: it combines durability, easy workability, and an attractive look.

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 wire by the pound.

Our gold fretwire is made primarily of C425 copper alloy instead of nickel. This makes the wire harder, more durable, and more resistant to corrosion than traditional nickel-silver frets. The copper also gives the wire a gold color that compliments any appointments. Best of all, it's easy to work with and doesn't wear tools like stainless steel fretwire can.

Add a touch of gold to your builds
Similar in hardness and composition to Jescar EVO wire, the frets play fast and smooth, and stay that way! Since there is no nickel, it's also a good choice for those with nickel allergies.

For a custom look, we love the gold color. It looks great on dark and light fingerboards, and on finished or unfinished boards. Many vintage instruments from Harmony, Kay, and other 1950s Chicago-area makers used a similar colored material that matches this wire very well.

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.

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.



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4.0

Looks great

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I haven’t installed this yet. It seems smaller than the same size nickel fret wire. Maybe my old eyes just see gold smaller. I’m looking forward to the installation.

5.0

These gold fret wires are great for my first build.

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I bought these gold fret wires for the hollow body guitar I’m building. They’re beautiful!!!!!

5.0

Looks good on old harmony Stella

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Fit well in Harmony Stella and looks great

5.0

Great frets

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First time useing them they work and look great on the fretboard

5.0

Look great

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The gold fret wire will look great with the tele build I'm working on. I'm going to paint it a "Texas Tea" color. with all gold hardware, Not sure what pups yet. Roasted maple neck and fret board.

5.0

Going gold

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I use this fret wire on everything. Very nice results

5.0

Neat Variation

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I've been very happy with StewMac's fretwires in general but this is a really nice alternate in color. I bought a set of gold color tuners and the combo is an awesome look. Really happy with the purchase.

5.0

Evo Gold

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I have been working with these frets for many years, they serve well, sound good, wear out for a long time .. for many years, only two people brought guitars with Evo Gold frets for dressing and polishing, the rest of them serve long and well .. the sound of the instrument changes slightly in acoustics, when the guitar is turned on in a combo, the sound does not change .. bends are played very easily and conveniently .. an excellent choice, especially for guitars with gold hardwair .. looks great on maple necks, with rosewood and ebony ..))

5.0

Gold fret wire

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Bought this for reno on a used inexpensive single cutaway acoustic I'm turning into a resonator. Replaced the plywood fingerboard, put a flamed maple fingerboard on and this will be the fret wire I'm using. I'm putting thin brass plate on the top to mimic a metal resonator so the gold will compliment the top and the gold mother-of -pearl inlay The fret wire looks good but only time will tell how it will really wear.

5.0

Completed my guitar

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I bought the Luna Vista Eagle 6 string model in an open box deal and was able to acquire it for just over half the MSRP. It took a moment to find the reason for the return (not that there has to be an apparent reason). This model has an ebony board and it was hideous! The label inside says hand-crafted in China and I believe it. There were gouges and marks from hand tool such as files all over the board, specifically at the edges. Regardless, I fell in love with the sound and aesthetics of the guitar immediately. I managed to get rid of the worst of the tooling marks but something still felt wrong. This guitar has the narrowest fret wire I've seen in a modern guitar. I measured it with calipers and it was somewhere in the vicinity of ".065 wide! I have zero experience with vintage axes and I could not get used to it. I made the decision to go with this wire after reading the recent e-mail introducing it. I did a little research and found that it wears better than nickel silver and since my guitar has gold hardware it was a no-brainer. The ebony (my first) made pulling the old frets a nightmare but I was able get a technique going by the fourth fret and managed to not ruin it. If this wire is as tough as everyone says, it didn't seem any harder to tool or cut. I did notice it took a little more muscle to level out the odd high frets after they were installed. I went with the higher/wider and couldn't be happier with the results. Looks gorgeous and plays like a dream. Just an idea, If someone could develop an alloy similar to this but in a silver hue to match nickel/chrome hardware it would be perfect.

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