Necks

=1= MAIN LINKS

1.1 The Fender Custom Shop Catalog (2020).

1.2 Fender Mod Shop – Stratocaster


=2= FRET SIZE REFERENCES

2.1 Fender.com Fret Sizes Explained

The main fret wire maker, California-based Dunlop Manufacturing Inc., produces five main fret sizes. Listed by part number, name (where applicable), crown width and crown height, they are, from smallest to largest:

6230: The smallest fret wire found on older Fender necks (.078″ x .043″).
6150: Vintage jumbo. Much wider but not as tall as 6230 (.102″ x .042″).
6105: Modern narrow and tall; currently very popular (.090″ x .055″).
6100: Jumbo. The largest fret wire available (.110″ x .055″).
6130: Medium jumbo (.106″ x .036″).


2.2 Fender.com Fret Sizes Compared

The numbers used below generally correspond to Dunlop’s fret size numbers; however, actual fret dimensions can vary minutely from lot to lot.

Table 2.2 Fender Fret Sizes Compared

Size Number Width X Height Description Used On
6190 .084″ X .039″ This is one of the smallest fret wires. Typically just called “Vintage Size”. Vintage style Fender necks. American Original models.
6150 .103″ X .046″ Medium Jumbo. Fender’s most commonly used fret size on our most popular models. Most modern Fender necks. American Ultra, Player series, Vintera models
6105 .094″ X .054″ Narrow Tall. Used on a number of signature models, and a good choice when vintage frets feel too small.  American Professional, Deluxe, SRV, Roadworn, Highway One Texas Tele and many Custom Shop instruments
6100 .110″ X .055″ “Super Jumbo”. This stuff is really huge. Yngwie Malmsteen and by request on Custom Shop orders

2.3 The Fender Custom Shop Catalog (2020) – Custom Shop Frets 

Custom Shop frets are made from only the highest quality nickel, and can be made in a variety of different heights and thicknesses. Larger frets tend to account for easier string bending. Smaller frets are “true to vintage” in many cases, and facilitate easier chording.
Medium jumbo frets are designed to be the perfect marriage between small vintage frets and modern jumbo frets. (Dunlop Fret Wire parenthetically noted).

-1- W – 0.085” x H – 0.045” = Vintage (45085)
Our smallest wire, slightly larger than Fender’s original wire.

-2- W – 0.095” x H – 0.047” = Medium Vintage (47095)
Slightly lower than 6105.

-3- W – 0.095” x W – 0.055” = Narrow Tall (6105)
Our most popular wire. A good alternative if vintage wire feels too small for you.

-4- W – 0.104” x H – 0.047” = Medium Jumbo (6150)
A popular middle of the road wire, not too wide, not too tall.
Also available in Stainless Steel on Master Built guitars only.

-5-W – 0.110” x H – 0.057” = Jumbo (6100)
Our largest wire that gives an almost scalloped feel.
Also available in Stainless Steel on Master Built guitars only.


2.4 Fender Support Email 

-1- W – 0.083″ x H – 0.045″ = vintage tall frets
-2- W – 0.094″ x H – 0.054″ = narrow tall frets
-3- W – 0.103″ x H – 0.046″ = medium jumbo frets
-4- W – 0.110″ x H – 0.055″ = jumbo frets


2.5 Comprehensive Comparison of Fret Wire – lutherie.com

-1- W – .078 x H – .043″ – Contemporary Martin Guitars
-2- W – .080″ x H- 0.37″ – Vintage Martin Guitars


=3= FENDER MOD SHOP STRAT NECKS

Table 3.1: Fender Mod Shop Necks

NO. STRAT NAME SHAPE FRET BOARD FRET NAME FRET W x H FRET – NO

1

Channel Bound  C – Modern Rosewood Medium Jumbo  0.103″x 0.046″ 22

2

Mahognony   C – Deep Rosewood Narrow Tall 0.094″x0.054″  22

3

Maple ’50s Lacquer V –
Soft
Maple Vintage Tall 0.083″x0.045″  21

4

Maple ’60s Lacquer C – Thick Rosewood Vintage Tall 0.083″x0.045″  21

5

Maple C to D  C to D Rosewood Maple Narrow Tall 0.094″x0.054″  22

6

Maple Reverse Headstock  C – Deep Rosewood Maple Narrow Tall 0.094″x0.054″  22

7

Maple Deep C  C – Deep Rosewood Maple Narrow Tall 0.094″x0.054″  22

8

Maple Black Painted Headstock C – Deep Rosewood Maple Narrow Tall 0.094″x0.054″  22

9

Maple Block Inlays C – Deep Rosewood Maple Narrow Tall 0.094″x0.054″  22

10

Maple  C – Modern Rosewood Maple Jumbo 0.094″x0.054″  22

11

Roasted Maple  C – Deep Maple, Roasted Narrow Tall 0.094″x0.054″  22

12

Solid Rosewood  C – Deep Rosewood Narrow Tall 0.094″x0.054″  22

3.2 Mod Shop Guitar Necks Snapshots- Click to Enlarge


3.3 Neck Cross Sections: Custom Shop & Mod Shop Necks  – Click to Enlarge