Sizes

Guitar frets come in multiple shapes and sizes. Tall or short. Wide or thin. The size you use is most often dictated by the brand and model of guitar you purchase. Different manufacturers use one or more sizes of fretwire for their production guitar models. The height can range from being almost flat like Gibson used on it's mid fifties Les Paul Custom known by the name Black Beauty or The Fretless Wonder, to the super tall frets used by Ibanez in the late 80 on it's RG series. The width can range fron the very thin as Fender and other guitar makers sometimes use to give a guitar a very vintage feel or the tall and thin variety as favored by players like Steve Vai or Satch, to the very wide in varieties with nicknames like Jumbo or Railroad Ties.

Which ones work the best is largely a matter of taste. Usually a players favored fretsize has more to do with the type of techniques they most often employ. Slide guitarists or guitarists who use a lot of finger slides in their phrasing often prefer smaller fret sizes so the frets don't feel like road bumps and produce a smoother sliding voice. Speed guitarists often prefer larger frets that can give the neck an almost scalloped feel. It's really just what the player prefers.

 

I did a search for some Dunlop Fretwire dimensions. I don't know if Accu-Fret is something new or if they've always used that name.


Dunlop Accu-Fret Fretwire

Fretwire in inches in mm notes

Ref. # Width Height Width Height.

6000 .118 .058 2.99 1.47 Freakin' Huge.

6100 .110 .055 2.79 1.40 Extra Jumbo.


6105 .090 .055 2.29 1.40 Same Height as Extra Jumbo but Thinner.

6120 .110 .043 2.79 1.09 Same Width as Extra Jumbo but Shorter.

6130 .106 .036 2.69 .91 Called Med. Jumbo because of it's low profile.

6140 .105 .041 2.67 1.04

6150 .102 .042 2.59 1.07 This is used by Gibson as their Jumbo fret.

6170 .098 .046 2.49 1.17

6180 .085 .038 2.16 .97

6200 .084 .040 2.13 1.02

6210 .083 .043 2.11 1.09

6220 .082 .041 2.08 1.04

6230 .080 .043 2.03 1.09 Standard on old Fenders and Martin guitars.

6240 .080 .040 2.03 1.02

6250 .079 .035 2.01 .89

6300 .065 .026 1.65 .66 Entering that fretless feel.

6320 .047 .023 1.19 .58