Reasonable inexpensive fretwire for practice-on-beaters purposes?

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by Adieu, Aug 16, 2019.

  1. Adieu

    Adieu SS.org Regular

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    Which if any of the cheap $9 - 12 - 15 sets on Amazon are a good choice?

    I got a couple junk grade necks to mess around with. Any advice is welcome, thx.
     
  2. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire pet kitties, spend fiddies

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    I prefer jescar branded wire but if you just want to practice, then even the random chinese shit will suffice. Are you doing refrets?
     
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    Adieu SS.org Regular

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    Might as well learn it

    Got everything else I need to build a couple partscasters, but the necks I have on hand are pretty much out of fretwire
     
  4. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Just get the good stuff (Dunlop, Jescar, StewMac). The cheap stuff is usually either way soft, and deforms, or too hard/brittle, which chips, instead of being shaped properly. You're just not going to get the same education out of it.
     
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    Purelojik SS.org Regular

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    I agree with Max. If youre going to eventually use the good stuff its always better to practice using it. learn the steps and go about it slowly. you'll see the results of your efforts with good practice. hell even post pictures here and everyone here will give feedback.
     
  6. Defyantly

    Defyantly Aspiring Builder

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    Mgbguitars.com has bulk 19ft of straight medium wire for 21 dollars and they have free shipping
     
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    Winspear Tom Winspear Vendor

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    I'd just get the size you want to use, but not in stainless steel to learn on of course. Fretting a whole guitar isn't particularly expensive, and you gain quite a lot of experience over 24 frets.
     
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    LiveOVErdrive CNC hack

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    I'd just get some jescar. It's pretty cheap on Amazon. One or two necks and you'll be a pro.
     

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