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About Our Fretwire

fretwireWe use only the best quality USA manufactured fretwire. It is extremely hard. We do not use soft wire. We buy it in straight 2 foot  lengths and radius the wire to suit the fingerboard radius of your guitar. We carefully measure your existing wire and match the profile to suit your instrument but normally we discuss the options with you and select a fretwire profile based on your requirements. These days most players are looking for a chunkier wire where the profile “W” would be slightly wider than your existing wire or perhaps a higher wire (profile “h”) to help you dig in to the string a bit more. This might be a benefit to lead players or guys who play “blues” guitar. I tend not to use stainless steel fretwire as I think it sounds unpleaseant…sure it is harder and doesn’t wear as much as the 18% nickel silver wire we use…but it’s more difficult to work and harder on our tools, resulting in more expense for you but it sounds thin, harsh and tissy…Anyway here’s a chart which displays the differences between fretwire in our range.

Fretwire Chart (Metric)

This is a chart showing the fretwire we hold in stock. All sizes on this chart are in mm
For sizes in thousandths of an inch(Imperial) see here …Imperial Fretwire

SupplierRefClassificationMaterialWidth (W)Height (h)
Jim Dunlop6310SMALL18%N/S1.35mm0.79mm
Jim Dunlop6300SMALL12%N/S1.60mm0.64mm
Jim Dunlop6270MEDIUM18%N/S1.90mm0.76mm
Jim Dunlop6290MEDIUM18%N/S1.98mm1.02mm
Jim Dunlop6230MEDIUM18%N/S1.99mm1.08mm
Jim Dunlop6200MEDIUM12%N/S2.00mm1.10mm
Jim Dunlop6220MEDIUM12%N/S2.00mm1.10mm
Jim Dunlop6260MEDIUM18%N/S2.00mm1.00mm
Jim Dunlop6240MEDIUM18%N/S2.03mm0.94mm
Jim Dunlop6190MEDIUM18%N/S2.13mm0.99mm
Jim Dunlop6105X HIGH18% N/S2.29mm1.40mm
Jim Dunlop6170LARGE12%N/S2.50mm1.10mm
Jim Dunlop6150LARGE18% N/S2.59mm1.07mm
Jim Dunlop6140LARGE18% N/S2.70mm1.00mm
Jim Dunlop6100X HIGH18% N/S2.71mm1.24mm
Jim Dunlop6120LARGE18% N/S2.90mm1.30mm
Jim Dunlop6110LARGE18% N/S2.92mm1.24mm
Jim Dunlop6000X HIGH18%N/S2.99mm1.47mm