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 Post subject: sizes of fret wire
PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 8:09 pm 
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On my 1957 D-18 the frets seem shorter than the wire I used on my first guitar kit build, an OM. What size and type of fret wire would have been used by Martin in 1957?


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 Post subject: Re: sizes of fret wire
PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:10 pm 
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I would at least ask in the Acoustic guitar subforum, not the kits. You might also call Martin or PM someone like John Hall at Blues Creek or Bryan Kimsey. The tech forum at UMGF is pretty active.

Kimsey refretted my 74 D-18, whatever he used is perfect.


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 Post subject: Re: sizes of fret wire
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:30 pm 
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the wire was a .037 .080 wire pretty much the same a now.

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 Post subject: Re: sizes of fret wire
PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:52 am 
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What John said.

There was a time when most wire was pretty small compared to the speed bumps that are available today. I personally like .037 X .080 and prefer it over jumbo wire greatly.


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