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Post INFO: Fret Wire Sizes
by CaptainClaw 08-19-2009

INFO: Fret Wire Sizes

This article is currently a work in progress, so stay tuned for more information to be added very soon. We're trying to gather information from multiple sources due to the amount of material currently available on the Internet. So we will place everything we consider relevant in this location for our members convenient reference! Why force our valued members to scour the Internet for this information when we can do it for them to save them some time?

Yep, we're that cool.


COMMON DUNLOP FRETWIRE SIZES
Below is a listing of the most common Dunlop Accu-Fret® fretwire sizes.
The Measurements shown below should be read as: Height x Width

SIZE: DUNLOP 6000
MEASUREMENTS: .058" x .118"
DESCRIPTION: the largest wire Dunlop offers. Both tall and wide, has maximum mass for easy bending and a scalloped feel.

SIZE: DUNLOP 6100
MEASUREMENTS: .055" x .110"
DESCRIPTION: A jumbo fret that is both tall and wide.

SIZE: DUNLOP 6105
MEASUREMENTS: .055" x .090"
DESCRIPTION: A tall and narrow jumbo wire for players that want more exact intonation.

SIZE: DUNLOP 6110
MEASUREMENTS: .050" x .115"
DESCRIPTION: Both tall and wide, and has maximum mass for easy bending and a scalloped feel.

SIZE: DUNLOP 6130
MEASUREMENTS: .036" x .106"
DESCRIPTION: Commonly referred to as medium jumbo. This is a perfect size for most vintage Gibson® guitars.

SIZE: DUNLOP 6230
MEASUREMENTS: .043" x .078"
DESCRIPTION: A vintage-sized wire as used on early Fender® models.

SIZE: DUNLOP 6150
MEASUREMENTS: .042" x .102"
DESCRIPTION: A classic jumbo with extra width.


COMMON GUITAR FRETWIRE SIZES

The listing of guitar models below is for informational purposes only, and is here as a service to our members. It is by no means to be considered "complete". However, we will keep adding to it as we obtain additional information. If you know of a particular guitar make/model's fretwire size, sent a private message to the admin here. Make sure to include the make, model (if applicable), fretwire size, and source (if available).
  • ESP/LTD: Dunlop 6100
  • Ibanez JEM: Dunlop 6105
  • Ibanez JS: Dunlop 6150
  • Ibanez RG: Dunlop 6100
  • Jackson King V: Dunlop 6105
  • Jackson Rhoads: Dunlop 6100
  • Jackson Soloist: Dunlop 6100



PLAYER TIPS
  • Are you tough on your frets? Consider stainless steel.
  • Concerned about tonal changes? Warmoth has not found a significant difference in tonality between stainless steel and nickel/silver fretwire.
  • Fret size has a great deal to do with the action of your guitar. Low frets put your fingertips right on the fingerboard with little room to squeeze the strings out of tune or to get under them for bending. Tall frets are the opposite. The width of the fret determines the amount of wear that can be expected before leveling and re-crowning is necessary. Wider frets wear longer. Narrow frets wear faster.


TECH TIPS
  • Stainless steel wire and gold fretwire are more difficult to install, so please prepare for the additional cost of installation.
  • Due to the difficult installation process, Stainless Steel Frets might not available on necks with binding from some luthiers.
  • While stainless steel is a harder material, the same fret levelling/dress techniques can still be used. It may take longer to dress but, stainless steel frets will last much longer than comparable sized nickel/silver frets.









Article Sources: Guitar Parts Resource, Warmoth Custom Guitar Parts
(fretwire is also available for purchase at this site)
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