Refret: What size frets you guys like?

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  1. gianni_boy

    gianni_boy Senior Member

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    Hey everyone......currently looking into refretting a vintage 60's Gibson, just wondering what size wire you guys like of would recommend.....looking for something vintage style with a bit more "meat".
    It would be cool to hear about your experiences.
    Thanks
     
  2. jwinger

    jwinger Senior Member

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    I would just go with what is authentic for the guitar. Both mine have the narrow early 50s frets and I'm so used to them that I'm just as happy playing them as the supposedly easier 59 onward jumbo frets
     
  3. gianni_boy

    gianni_boy Senior Member

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    I would love to put back the original sized frets that are original to that guitar but unfortunately I cannot find the size no matter how much research I've done....so I'm looking for alternatives
     
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    Aren't the 60s frets the same as the '59 wide frets? If so, Jescar 45100 is pretty much the right size.
     
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    morbidalex666 Senior Member

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    I generally prefer the jescar 47104 size. It's what you descride basically. Slightly meatier than vintage.
    But it depends on the neck. I would probably go a bit taller in a skinny neck situation to help with the feel.
     
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    Fred Premium Member

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    I use Stew Mac 141's on most of my builds for customers but I like 150's for myself. I like to use heavier strings and I can bend better with the larger frets.
     
  7. NINFNM

    NINFNM Junior Member

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    I once refret my les paul with jumbos, and came back to mediums a year after.
    Didn't like the sensation, to much metal, less wood feel
     
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    refin V.I.P. Member

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    Medium jumbo here.
     
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    I like frets 0.47 X 0.104. Then lower the height down to about 0.045 during final crowning and polish.
     
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    Jescar gets you closest. I have a 53 Goldtop Conversion with frets that are too modern, so we are going to have to recrown and work them down. Jim a Weyandt the Conversion king uses Jescar.
     
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    emerald81 Senior Member

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    Dunlop 6105 or jescar 55090. Perfect height and control for bends.
     
  12. Mr. Pickles

    Mr. Pickles Mr. Pickles loves you. MWAH! ♥ Premium Member

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    I prefer frets as tall as railroad tracks. A Gibson with nice huge tall frets, is what I like. I like to squeeze the notes while I'm bending them, and it helps me to keep a light touch for chords and rhythm playing.

    No "fretless wonder"s for me, thanks:

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    d1m1 Senior Member

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    narrow tall 6105. great playability, long life, and after dressing them you dont have that anoying flat wide base with all negative results on playability, intonation etc
     
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    I like the jescar version of whatever size gibson uses on historics. Nice medium jumbo - great for lead and rhythm.
     
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    Its Luke Premium Member

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    My preference is Dunlop 6105's.

    I believe Gibson used a 0.95" wide and 0.45" tall on the 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard's. Stew Mac has a wire with the same dimensions, part number Stew Mac 141. I had a 54/59 conversion re-fretted with this wire and it turned out really nice.

    On the recent Gibson reissues they are using a .100" x .045" which is close to the original and very nice as well. Part number Jescar FW45100.

    Hope this helps
     
  16. Bill Hicklin

    Bill Hicklin Senior Member

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    Jescar FW45100 is my go-to fretwire on almost everything now.

    As far as my searches have gone, nobody today makes anything like the pre-59 narrow fretwire. The closest you can get is Dunlop 6340 flathead (BB/fretless wonder), but only if you're willing to do a lot of grinding to recrown them.
     
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    boogieongtr MLP Vendor

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    Whatever size you choose Jescar is the only way to go...!! Personally I like 6100's.
     
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    tdarian Premium Member

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    I'll go with Jescar FW45100 on my next one.
     
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    Herr Dalbergia Senior Member

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    JD 6105 on all builds and refret, if not stated different
     
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    Medium jumbo is my cup of tea, nice to work with...

    I havent tried stainless steel fret wire - but I hear good things about it.
     

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