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replacing vintage with larger size frets on vintage spec neck.


New member
May 7, 2002
Can anyone give me some insight/experience on replacing vintage frets with say, medium jumbos or 6105's on a vintage shape/radius neck.

Most of the newer guitars I've seen/owned with larger frets have had 9 1/2 radius board.

I have a great masterbuilt 63' reissue Strat, from a limited run using true Brazilian, but those tiny frets have to go.

My other Strats have vintage specs (7.25 radius/vintage frets),
but I miss having a Fender with larger frets.
Are there an issues replacing small frets with larger ones? I'm assuming the nut would have to be replaced.

As in the past, I would have Dan do the work.


Active member
Feb 22, 2003
If you're having Dan do the work, StewMac carries a fret size that is like 6105 but slightly lower, that is Dan's favorite size (I think they got it at Dan's request, he used to say he like 6105, but wished it was slightly lower in height). You might ask him about it. It's listed on StewMac's site if you want to check the specs.


Jan Folkson

New member
Jun 21, 2009
I have a CS 65 that had tiny frets and a 7.25 radius. The frets were so small I didn't enjoy the guitar much. Put some stew mac 154s on it and now it's one of my go-to guitars. And yes, I had to cut a new nut, but there were no other issues.


New member
Jan 5, 2002
bought an old 62ri about 15 years ago and it had big frets on it....made it so playable and better than the stock frets