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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-2005, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
 
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Where to buy Ibanez size fretwire?

I think I'm going to replace the frets on one of my Ibanez necks. I measured the original frets, and they are about .115" wide. Everywhere I look, the widest I see is .110. I found one place with .118.
Does anyone know where to get the same fret size that Ibanez uses in their RG570/RG550? Also, I'm thinkin of going with Stainless Steel.
Anyone have any websites or information on where to buy fretwire?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-2005, 07:16 AM
 
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Re: Where to buy Ibanez size fretwire?

not sure what type is used, but I am pretty sure you can get some from stewmac.com. Have you checked the specs on the ibanez.com page, or tried looking at the catalogue scans on ibanezrules.com? Might be able to get what kind they used there.
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Re: Where to buy Ibanez size fretwire?

Different models use different fretwire. Joe Satriani uses more vintage-style medium frets. Steve Vai uses Dunlop 6105, which is a "tall jumbo" which is not terribly wide, but it has a tall crown. (I like 6105 as well.) Dunlop 6100 is a true "jumbo" which is very tall and very wide. I don't like wide frets because it produces a wider crown as the fret wears, and that can make proper intonation a little more difficult.

http://www.jimdunlop.com/products/maintenance/frets/

If you're thinking of stainless fretwire, you're going to be even more limited in your choices.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-2005, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Where to buy Ibanez size fretwire?

As I mentioned, it'll be for a RG550 & 570, which use the same fret size. All my Ibanez guitar's frets are about .115" wide, except for my RG3120 which is narrower. I prefer the wider frets because they don't have as much of the "Railroad track" feeling when you slide up the neck. I'll check the Jim Dunlop site. Thanks.
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