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Old 12-21-2012, 12:37 PM
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Fender Bass Fret Wire

Looking for the exact dimensions (crown height and width) for the two fret wire sizes Fender is currently using on basses:

* Fender Vintage-Style Fret wire
* Fender Medium Jumbo fret wire

I have a strong preference for large wire, but also like block inlays. I see that the 70s Precision bass (beauty that! ) has the block fret inlays, but uses the vintage-style wire. So, I'm curious how much smaller it is than the medium jumbo used on the Standard Precisions.

I can't find a local example of the 70s Precision to play.

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Old 12-22-2012, 12:03 AM
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If you are near a store just grab a Squier VM jazz or cv p and you'll see how tiny the vintage fret wire is. I don't know the dimensions but Allparts or stewmac sell it and I think they list dimensions. Shouldn't be difficult to find.
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:54 PM
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Thanks 96tbird.
I invested some quality internet research time on this today, and discovered the following:
Fender Vintage-Style fret wire = .080" wide X .043" high
Fender Medium Jumbo fret wire = .103" wide X .046" high
So, these frets are basically the same height, but the med/jumbos are noticeably wider.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:38 AM
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I know this is a slightly old thread, but others may appreciate this info:

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The main fret wire maker, California-based Dunlop Manufacturing Inc., produces five main fret sizes (Fig. 3). Listed by part number, name (where applicable), crown width and crown height, they are, from smallest to largest:
  • 6230: The smallest fret wire found on older Fender necks (.078″ x .043″).
  • 6150: Vintage jumbo. Much wider but not as tall as 6230 (.102″ x .042″).
  • 6105: Modern narrow and tall; currently very popular (.090″ x .055″).
  • 6100: Jumbo. The largest fret wire available (.110″ x .055″).
  • 6130: Medium jumbo (.106″ x .036″).
Source: http://www.fender.com/news/fret-sizes/
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