Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by celestialpivot, Mar 14, 2007.
what is the difference between these frets?
6105 .096" X .047" narrow and tall. A very popular choice.
6150 .103" X .046" A true "Jumbo".
6105's are the McChicken of fretwire-every body likes it to some degree,and if they don't,they just get them recrowned.
I use 6105s.
6105s are a little taller. I did notice it at first. I found that as soon as I adjusted I really like them. They seem to leave me a little more room between frets in case I miss. I also feel that they have improved my technique because of the slightly higher profile.
I dont press as hard (dont want to go sharp) and I lift my fingers slightly higher to clear. Fingers last longer too
That's a pretty good description. It is a great happy medium thing. I like them
People who do tend to press hard when they fret (me...) typically steer clear of 6105s and other tall frets. I'd prefer the 6150s, or vintage Fender style frets like 6230s.
I also tend to play heavier strings (I like .011s), and I don't shred, both of which influence my fret preference too I suppose.
YMMV, but I don't think 6105s are for everybody.
which one is easier to play?
6150's are wider. as a reference, pretty much what is used on most PRS guitars.
I greatly perfer the 6105s, and have had all my guitars -- including vintage pieces -- refretted with them. The also seem to intonate better, and take a fret dressing better than do the wider 6150s..
But that's just me.
The fretwire is only part of the equation for the fretless "blunder" guitars..The Gibson craftsmen in Kalamazoo filed down those frets so that there was very little height left on them...They most likely started life as a medium jumbo..judging by their width..
That'd be my guess, too...
Those looked like somebody dressed them with a bench grinder. LOL! Intonation was horrible...!
how about stainless steel fretwire.
Checkout USA customs new 6125 wire.(.095x.047)
Two of my all time favorite guitars came with 6105 fret wire and I really like it. I tend to be someone who presses hard and will go sharp if I'm not careful, but I don't have that problem with 6105 wire.
are medium frets standard and if so what sizes are they?
Suhr and Anderson medium frets are 6105. Not sure with anyone else
Keep in mind that different people call different frets the same name.
The "6105" frets on my USACG necks are a full .055" tall (I love them!)! Warmoth's are considerably smaller!
Me? I'm a 6150 guy. Got 'em on my Maple/Maple neck Tele from USACG and built by Rob Oliveira. Plays like buttah!
Yup...definitely be careful b/c there are quite a few different manufacturer interpretations of 6105 wire. "Real" Dunlop 6105 is .90 x .55. That's a HUGE difference from the .95 x .47 that other folks describe as 6105.
Yes ... that earlier post showing a 0.01" height difference left me scratching my head ...
Personally I MUCH prefer the (less-popular) 6150. Even well-dressed 6105s can feel like speed bumps.
Also ... point of clarification on an earlier post ... Anderson "medium" frets are indeed the same size as a Dunlop 6105, but they don't use Dunlop fretwire.