Jescar 39106

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  1. GeorgeG

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    After the obligatory Google rabbit hole adventures I concluded that Jescar makes the best fret wire and then concluded that 39106 is what I need. Hoping for precut pieces to avoid a fret bender purchase for my one hand or less lifetime refret adventures I came up dry on a source except for one Russian based Reverb guy with shipping thats too high. I then researched fret wire benders and went off looking for 39106 stock and can only find European source with no shipping to the US. Before I bail and go with the next best Stewmac wire (wide/medium), does anybody have a suggestion on a small quantity Jescar source?

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  2. Freeman Keller

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    I've never used Jescar fretwire, why do you think it is the best?
     
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    My research found so many opinions that this is the best fret wire and apparently preferred by many luthiers. I have to experience comparing them just reading opinions.

    George
     
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    "best fret wire you can't buy...."

    I've used several sizes of StewMac wire and LMII wire - don't know who makes either. On refrets I try to match what was on it unless the owner wants otherwise. A bit more for Evo or SS, a bit more for bound fretboards. I don't think that any guitar that I fretted/refretted in the past 20 years has come back - I see some wear on my first few acoustics but not bad.

    I'll add that I do enough different radii that a bender is absolutely necessary. I made a simple one preset for two radius, but broke down and bought the StewMac tool. There was a thread at the Tool forum about making your own. I like to slightly over radius the wire - no idea of what the actual radius might be, I just eyeball it.
     
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    “The best wire you can’t buy..,”. That’s funny. The one I can’t find seems to be the closest match to what I took out. Now I’m trying to at least match the tang dimensions

    George
     
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    I learned a hard lesson there. I got some wire a slightly different crown size from the same manufacturer, did all the prep including cleaning the slots with a little tool that I made out of a piece of fretwire with the barbs filed off, smacked a couple of frets in the board and they wouldn't seat. Found out the tang is the same width but slightly deeper and it was bottoming out at the ends of the slots (bound of course). Now I make one of those tools out of the fret wire I happen to be using at the time and as long as it clears I know the fret will seat properly.
     
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    I just looked at the specs on the Jescar 39106.

    That is what I'd call an odd-ball size; no wonder you're having a hard time tracking any down.

    Have you considered going with a more common size?

    The link I posted up in your other thread for Philadelphia Luthier Supply is a real good source for Jescar wire.

    Their price and shipping is fair, and they will bend the wire to any radius you want without an added charge.


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    Someone told me recently here that the stuff LMII sells is Jescar wire. Not sure if it's true. But I'd believe it as there probably aren't a huge number of manufacturers of fretwire.
     
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    George should give them a call and ask. LMII has always been very helpful with any questions I have.
     
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    It’s a little harder than stewmac wire. It’s made neatly and consistent. They give you the dimensions including the tang and barb size. Big barbs on those frets. They got the gold evo stuff which is really hard.
     
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    That odd Jescar wire is what I just took out of the guitar which is why I am considering it, hoping to improve my odds of an easy refret. Just found out that you can order direct from Jescar.

    George
     
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    I like the idea of that crown size -- like the common 0.106"x0.036" wire, but with a smidgen more height for bending and vibrato. Weird that it's only available in that tang size, though. Was that always the case?
     
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    I use Jescar wire all the time. I like it fine. I normally buy grom Philadelphia Luthier Supply, but Amazon has some sizes, and CB Gitty, the cigar box guitar guys, carries it too. As you mentioned, you can also order direct.

    if it is the same size used originally, you should probably use it again because that particular number has a wider tang than other sizes. If you're not sure, pull one fret and mike it. You can also use Simonds refret wire, which also has a wide tang. If you try to put regular wire in that slot, it'll likely pop out.
     
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    I have already pulled the frets and I did mic them, this Jescar wire is an identical match. It has a wide tang and wide barbs.

    George
     
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    Just ordered this fret wire directly from Jescar. Painless and reasonable shipping.

    George
     
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    What guitar? Fender sells precut, prebent wire.
     
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    Tokai Love Rock LP copy with binding, no nibs. The frets removed were an exact match to this Jescar wire.

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