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Offline THRobinson

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Fret Size on a Washburn N2
« on: September 25, 2017, 09:46:55 AM »
I have an N2 that I got cheap, doing some modifications on it right now as a project guitar... I was going to level/dress the frets, but looks like the previous owner banged the fret board with strings on and the 3rd fret has a sharp deep gouge.

Few dimples in a few frets, otherwise a quick level and it should be fine, so I don't want to replace all the frets, just that one.

Anyone know what size/type I need to order online? Like crown width/height/etc in mm.. I always thought there were 2 or 3 sizes, apparently not... I'd like to get as close a match as I can if possible. Thanks

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Re: Fret Size on a Washburn N2
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2017, 08:13:18 AM »
Well... no idea what the tang measures.

Fret itself I took the digital calipers to. Width was 2.67mm/0.105in and height 0.97mm/0.038in.

Looking online, I tried to match the width, but because likely the originals were filed down a bit for leveling I tried to find something a bit taller.

Closest I could find were...

Jescar 47104 - 2.64mm/0.104in wide  x  1.19mm/0.047in high
Dunlop 6140 - 2.69mm/0.106in wide  x  0.99mm/0.039in high

I couldn't find anything the exact same width that wasn't too low to use, but, for either fret the difference is only 0.02mm/0.001in off so I could be off by that much with my measuring and doubt anyone could really tell the difference anyways with such a small variance.

The Dunlops I am finding cost 2.5x as much as the Jescar's, and for that particular Part#, a bit harder to find than other Dunlop frets. Jescar is also taller than what I have so can file down to the same height.

Jescar from Philadelphia Luthiers, you can also get pre-radius-ed. These are a 12" radius so, there ya go.

Again, no idea of the tang size, since still in the guitar. But to match the height/width of the fret, I really don't have an option for tang height anyways.
« Last Edit: September 28, 2017, 08:16:19 AM by THRobinson »

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Re: Fret Size on a Washburn N2
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2017, 09:38:10 AM »
Customer Service says the closest it Dunlop 6100.
 

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Re: Fret Size on a Washburn N2
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2017, 10:13:33 AM »
Those seem a bit large versus what I measured... I understand some wear and inaccuracy is expected measuring old frets but

2.67mm/0.105in W  x  0.97mm/0.038in H

Dunlop 6100
2.79mm/0.110in W  x  1.40mm/0.055in H

... the 6100's seem to be much further off than the 2 I had listed. Not a big deal if re-fretting the entire neck but I only plan to swap the 1 fret.
« Last Edit: September 28, 2017, 10:36:57 AM by THRobinson »

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Re: Fret Size on a Washburn N2
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2017, 04:31:39 PM »
Thread kinda died quicker than expected.  :-\

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Re: Fret Size on a Washburn N2
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2017, 03:24:50 PM »
You asked a question, an answer was offered, you disagreed, you answered the question yourself to your satisfaction.

Kinda "case closed" there. ;)

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Re: Fret Size on a Washburn N2
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2017, 03:38:31 PM »
Yes, but as you said "an answer"... singular... if I had 5 people all saying the same thing, I'd consider it correct and go with it... but only 1 response with info that didn't match my findings, leaves it open to debate.

If you're looking for information online and assume that the first response is always correct, you're gonna have some troubles. I'm on a few car forums as well, and a lot of people on those forums sounding off with incorrect information.

Ended up using my measurements and actually ordered them today from Philadelphia Luthier, Jescar Nickel Silver Fretwire FW47104 with a 12" radius. Kinda sucks, 25 frets to replace 1 single fret. But, at least I'm ordering a bunch of other stuff as well, else the cost would be more than doubled adding shipping and exchange to Canada, and possible import/duty.

Ah well, I was looking at GuitarFetish and a few cheap unfinished necks... may grab one and use the extra frets to try fretting a full neck.