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« on: January 23, 2011, 03:48:25 AM »

Anyone out there know what specific fret wire gauge is used on Sadowsky guitars?  I have an ultra-vintage S (#5600) as well as a semi-hollow (#A222) and really like the gauge used - it seems thinner than the jumbo frets that most makers seem to lean towards these days.  I know Roger favours a tallish profile but not wide, for intonation reasons.  Just curious to know if anyone knows what this gauge is called? thanks, JC
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2011, 03:17:38 PM »

Our wire spec is .094" wide and .051" high.
18% nickel-silver, 200Hv hardness (maximum for nickel-silver)
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2011, 03:04:54 PM »

Hey, thanks for the info Roger  Grin

Would you mind saying who makes/markets this?  Just wondering if I can specify it for some refret work I need on another guitar.  As a matter of interest, do you use the same gauge on basses?
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2011, 03:19:38 PM »

Would you mind saying who makes/markets this?  Just wondering if I can specify it for some refret work I need on another guitar.  As a matter of interest, do you use the same gauge on basses?

We use the same wire on our guitars and basses.
No one markets this wire.  I buy it directly from the manufacturer and the minimum order is $1000.

This wire from Stewmac.com is very close:  0152
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Fretting_supplies/Stewart-MacDonald_Fretwire/Medium_Fretwire.html

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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2011, 02:54:05 AM »

Thanks again Roger - much appreciated.

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