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fa'a Junior
10-14-2011, 11:08 PM
With so many sizes of fretwire, I bought a bunch of different sizes to sample with. I am using the Jescar .080" width with .043" height for the Tenor ukes. For the Sopranos, used the same ones but its just too out of place. The frets seem way too wide for such a smaller scale. I took the lead on others advice on the StewMac #764 but instead used the Jescar .053" width with .037" height which is the same size. I am waiting for it to arrive and it should be better on a smaller uke.

But one thing when searching for fretwire in those smaller sizes, the only smaller crown widths that are offered was .053" and .062" and only had one choice in height. Unlike the .080" widths, there is a variety of heights to chose from. I checked StewMac, Jescar, Dunlop, Lmii. Is there a place that gives a little more selection in heights with the widths .053" to .062"?

Thanks

Timbuck
10-15-2011, 01:19 AM
I measured up the fretwire on an old 1930's Martin Soprano and came up with these sizes...Fret crown .047" wide by .025" high the fret tang is .075" long.... I'd like to get hold of some more like it :).. I'm not too bothered about the height ...the height can be dressed down and recrowned.

Michael N.
10-15-2011, 03:00 AM
Just get some rectangular section brass. Make your own Bar frets.
For most of us life is too short though. . .

fa'a Junior
10-15-2011, 03:02 AM
Thanks Timbuck. So to followup frets concerning the tang width, can I use the same slot width I cut out for a .020 tang compared to my new one which will be .023". Would that cause my neck to bow backwards? I ask because I read on fretnotguitarrepair site that too small of a slot will cause stress. But I don't know what is considered too small for a tang size.

Timbuck
10-15-2011, 05:26 AM
My Fret cutting Sawblade is .025"..I've never had any problems..I get My fretwire from "Snowcauldron" on E-bay..You can contact him here in the UK.
web@nicholasjolliffe.plus.com

Sven
10-15-2011, 11:01 AM
I've made a few with bar frets. They are much cooler than the ones I make with real fretwire. It does take a while to get right though.

kkmm
02-08-2012, 11:31 AM
Where could I get bar frets ?

Sven
02-08-2012, 08:29 PM
Obviously, I don't know where you could get bar frets since I don't know where you are, but I got mine from a hobby store. It's just brass strips, I use 1x3 mm. It is a bit fiddly to crown them after installing. I've been thinking about shaping the entire length in a nifty jig, but so far haven't been arsed. I make tiny barbs in a simple way to make them stick:
http://argapa.blogspot.com/2012/01/bar-frets.html

Hth / Sven

Timbuck
02-08-2012, 10:46 PM
You should be able to make bar fret from some of this stuff http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/merlin-innovations/m.html?_nkw=brass+strips&_sacat=0&_odkw=&_osacat=0&_trksid=p3911.c0.m270.l1311

pondweed
06-11-2012, 07:03 AM
I measured up the fretwire on an old 1930's Martin Soprano and came up with these sizes...Fret crown .047" wide by .025" high the fret tang is .075" long.... I'd like to get hold of some more like it :).. I'm not too bothered about the height ...the height can be dressed down and recrowned.
the Touchstone 9617 is 8.90 for 5 metres (Dutch Nickel Silver)... 1.15mm w (1.19 Martin) 0.75mm h (0.635 Martin) tang width is 0.63mm (0.0244")
How does that compare against Snowcauldron pricing?