C. B. Gitty

Narrow/Medium Nickel-Silver Fret Wire (6 ft)



Great for new banjo fret-work, repair work, Cigar Box Guitars, and more!

This same amount of fret wire would cost you over $16 shipped if bought direct from Stewart-MacDonald!

This listing is for a nice set of 6 feet of "NARROW/MEDIUM"-gauge nickel-silver fret wire in handy 8-inch lengths*. Six feet is more than enough for a standard banjo - and you could probably fret two smaller instruments with this much fretwire, if you are careful. This fret wire is designated as "narrow/medium" due to the fairly narrow crown width, and medium crown height (see measurements below). This is premium nickel-silver fretwire, identical to Stewart-MacDonald's #147, and is suitable for use in all levels of stringed instrument building and repair.

I also include a sheet of fretting "do's and don'ts" to help the first-time fretter get started, at no extra charge! This sheet contains a lot of useful how-to, things to avoid, and advice. If you want a more in-depth guide, check out my separate fretting guide listings!


Can be used on all sorts of banjos, dulcimers, smaller guitars, cigar box guitars and various other fretted stringed instruments, anything that requires a fairly narrow fret wire with a medium height. The 8-inch lengths allow you to easily cut the exact lengths you need.


Here are the technical specs on this fret wire (see the photo diagram for more info):

Crown Width: .080" (2.03mm)    Crown Height: .040" (1.02mm)  Tang Depth: .062" (1.57mm)


A slot width of .023" is recommended for this fret wire, but somewhat wider may work if you use glue to set the frets in. Be sure to measure the width, height and tang depth/width of your current frets before buying, to make sure this set will fit your intended usage! Banjos particularly use a wide range of fret sizes; PLEASE BE SURE THAT THIS SIZE WILL WORK FOR YOUR INSTRUMENT BEFORE ORDERING.


* Please note that tolerance on fret wire piece length is +/- 1/8" (.125"). 

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