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Vintage fret wire equivilent?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by fernieite, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. fernieite

    fernieite Tele-Meister

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    Mar 24, 2003
    (Age: 54) Toronto
    Hi guys,

    Can someone tell me what size the vintage Fender frets were and/ or suggest a modern suppliers equivalent?

    Thanks! :cool:
     

  2. fernieite

    fernieite Tele-Meister

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    Mar 24, 2003
    (Age: 54) Toronto

  3. notmyusualuserid

    notmyusualuserid Tele-Meister

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    May 3, 2016
    Scotland
    'small' vintage frets are Dunlop 6230 I believe.
     

  4. netgear69

    netgear69 Tele-Holic

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    Dec 21, 2012
    england

  5. fernieite

    fernieite Tele-Meister

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    Mar 24, 2003
    (Age: 54) Toronto
    Thanks guys! Do you know for sure that the Dunlop 6230 or the Fender fret wire above is the same size that Fender used in the 50's and 60's? I guess width and height are the most important measurements...
     

  6. tessting1two

    tessting1two Tele-Meister

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    Apr 13, 2014
    Southern California
    Fender says their vintage wire is .078 x .043.

    That said I wouldn't buy their replacement wire if my life depended on it. Fret jobs are a lot of work so I would go the extra mile and use the best fret wire available, which is Jescar. The Jescar equivalent size is 43080 and is available in nickel-silver, EVO (harder and longer lasting than NS; gold in color), and stainless steel (harder than NS or EVO, possibly the last frets you'll ever need).

    https://www.jescar.com/shop/jescar-fret-wire-43080/
     

  7. notmyusualuserid

    notmyusualuserid Tele-Meister

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    May 3, 2016
    Scotland
    Dunlop 6230 is .078 x .043.
     

  8. fernieite

    fernieite Tele-Meister

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    Mar 24, 2003
    (Age: 54) Toronto
    Thanks guys!

    So to recap - actual vintage Fender wire from the 50's and 60's was .080" wide? Were they around .043" high when new then?
     

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