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Vintage Fretwire Dimensions This is my log of fret crown dimensions from vintage instruments that I have refretted Crown heights can ...

Vintage Fretwire Dimensions

Vintage Fretwire Dimensions

This is my log of fret crown dimensions from vintage instruments that I have refretted

Crown heights can be rounded up to compensate for playwear and previous fret leveling
I've tried to find a similar sized wire for each entry, always double check before ordering
All frets are nickel-silver unless stated otherwise

Kay

1940's Archtop 

CW: 0.068"
CH: 0.037"
Most Similar To: 

1940's Archtop

brass
CW: 0.122"
CH: 0.034"
Most Similar To:  

1950s Archtop

brass
CW: 0.100"
CH: 0.032"
Most Similar To:  StewMac #146

1950's Archtop

CW: 0.105"
CH: 0.040"
Most Similar To:  StewMac #149

1954 K-150 Archtop

brass
CW: 0.114"
CH: 0.027"
Most Similar To: 

1960 K6970 Swingmaster

CW: 0.094"
CH: 0.028"
Most Similar To: 

1960's K573 Speed Demon

brass
CW: 0.083"
CH: 0.029"
Most Similar To:  StewMac #148

1960's Vanguard

brass
CW: 0.104"
CH: 0.028"
Most Similar To:  LMII FW27

1960's K6104 Flat Top

CW: 0.106"
CH: 0.035"
Most Similar To:   LMII FW27

Harmony

1930's H-1390 Archtop

CW: 0.064"
CH: 0.031"
Most Similar To:  LMII FW68

1945 Archtop

CW: 0.068"
CH: 0.031"
Most Similar To:  LMII FW68

1969 H-1230 12 String 

CW: 0.101"
CH: 0.034"
Most Similar To:  LMII FW27

1970 Fender-branded Sovereign

CW: 0.099"
CH: 0.039"
Most Similar To:  LMII FW75

1971 H-162 Flat Top

CW: 0.096"
CH: 0.034"
Most Similar To:  LMII FW75

Other American

1920s Lyon and Healy Parlor

CW: 0.051"
CH: 0.036"
Most Similar To:  

1930s Regal Arch Top

CW: 0.045"
CH: 0.038"
Most Similar To:  

1930s-50s Gretsch Model 50 Archtop

CW: 0.099"
CH: 0.028"
Most Similar To: 

Import

1960s Kawai Electric

CW: 0.075"
CH: 0.045"
Most Similar To: 

1960s Guyatone Electric

CW: 0.100"
CH: 0.036"
Most Similar To: 

1966 Hoshino-Gakki Electric

CW: 0.059"
CH: 0.030"
Most Similar To:  

1968 Hagstrom Viking II DeLuxe Semihollow

CW: 0.070"
CH: 0.022"
Most Similar To:  

1970s Univox Coily Semihollow

CW: 0.093"
CH: 0.030"
Most Similar To:  

1970s Aria Acoustic

CW: 0.095"
CH: 0.036"
Most Similar To:  

1970s Yamaki 12 String

CW: 0.085"
CH: 0.039"
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