About Our Fretwire

We 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. We tend not to use stainless steel fretwire as we believe it sounds unpleasant…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 with and harder on our tools, resulting in more expense for you and, it sounds thin, harsh and tissy…Anyway here’s a chart which allows you to see the differences in 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)Overall HeightTang width inc barbsWidth tangDepth of Tang
Jim Dunlop6310SMALL18%N/S1.35mm0.79mm2.3110.9400.5591.524
Jim Dunlop6300SMALL12%N/S1.60mm0.64mm1.9400.9600.6001.3
Jim Dunlop6270MEDIUM18%N/S1.90mm0.76mm2.5400.9140.5081.778
Jim Dunlop6290MEDIUM18%N/S1.98mm1.02mm2.3370.7870.5081.321
Jim Dunlop6230MEDIUM18%N/S1.99mm1.08mm2.4800.9000.5201.4
Jim Dunlop6200MEDIUM12%N/S2.00mm1.10mm2.5401.1400.6001.44
Jim Dunlop6220MEDIUM12%N/S2.00mm1.10mm2.4000.9600.5001.3
Jim Dunlop6260MEDIUM18%N/S2.00mm1.00mm2.8000.9500.6001.8
Stewmac147NARROW/MEDIUM2.03mm1.02mm2.591.570
Stewmac155MEDIUM/HIGHEST2.03mm1.27mm2.491.220
Jim Dunlop6240MEDIUM18%N/S2.03mm0.94mm2.3880.7870.4831.448
Jim Dunlop6190MEDIUM18%N/S2.13mm0.99mm2.3900.7400.5101.4
Stewmac148MEDIUM/MEDIUM2.13mm0.99mm2.431.440
Jim Dunlop6105X HIGH18% N/S2.29mm1.40mm2.9900.7900.5301.59
Stewmac152MEDIUM/HIGHER2.34mm1.22mm2.791.570
Stewmac141MEDIUM/HIGH2.41mm1.14mm2.991.850
Jim Dunlop6170LARGE12%N/S2.50mm1.10mm3.2801.2200.6002.18
Stewmac154WIDE/HIGH2.54mm1.27mm2.791.520
Jim Dunlop6150LARGE18% N/S2.59mm1.07mm2.7400.7900.5101.67
Stewmac149WIDE/MEDIUM2.62mm1.16mm2.861.700
Stewmac146WIDE/LOW2.69mm0.91mm2.791.880
Jim Dunlop6140LARGE18% N/S2.70mm1.00mm2.8000.9500.6001.8
Jim Dunlop6100X HIGH18% N/S2.71mm1.24mm3.1800.6100.5101.94
Stewmac150WIDE/HIGHEST2.79mm1.32mm3.21.880
Jim Dunlop6120LARGE18% N/S2.90mm1.30mm3.0000.9500.6001.7
Jim Dunlop6110LARGE18% N/S2.92mm1.24mm2.6400.9100.5101.4
Jim Dunlop6000X HIGH18%N/S2.99mm1.47mm3.2500.9100.5301.78