Fretwire, stainless steel, 4 feet
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Stainless Steel. Historically our most popular fretwire size, this wire is typically used for steel-string instruments.
Fretwire is sold in either 4 or 100-foot lengths. This is normally enough for one standard instrument if you're not wasteful, but please check your plans before ordering. For easier installation, fretwire is coiled with the tang toward the inside of the curve. 4-foot sections might be cut into halves for shipping purposes. All of the fretwire we carry will fit into a .023" slot, with the exception of the FW75 nickel/silver wire.
More and more builders are using stainless steel fretwire because of its resistance to wear and its playability. More difficult to use due to its hardness, stainless fretwire is not for everyone. Our experience is that it is much harder on your tools. There are two schools of thought on how to combat this: 1) Buy less expensive tools, and go through more of them. Or 2) Buy expensive tools and they'll last longer.
Installation Tip: The juncture of the tang and the crown on fretwire is not a crisp 90º angle, instead it is slightly radiused (+/- 15º) We recommend slightly beveling the edges of the fingerboard slots with a needle file so that the fretwire seats properly. This beveling also makes it possible to pull out the fretwire, if necessary, without fear of tearing up wood. A drop or so of water in the fret slot helps lubricate for easier tang entry.
- Shipping Restrictions - Location
- No Restrictions
- Stainless Steel
- Fret Height
- 0.093" or 2.36mm
- Crown Height
- 0.043" or 1.09mm
- Crown Width
- 0.080" or 2.03mm
- Tang Width
- 0.020" or 0.51mm
- Stud Width
- 0.032" or 0.81mm
- Sold by Length
- Approx. 4 feet