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With our Sintoms fret wire we offer quite a lot of different sizes, materials and types. To help you make your choice we prepared the following guidelines and overviews. Next to other factors as hand sizes, playing style and technique, it really comes to personal taste.

First of all a table that helps you find the right Sintoms frets in case you are used to another brand:

 Crown size in mm wxh NS = Nickel Silver 18% RSS = Ringing Stainless Steel TT = Titanium
NSE = Nickel Silver 25% SB = Special Bell Brons

BR = Brass

Sintoms Available in: Lengths: Jescar fret wire in comparable sizes: Dunlop fret wire in comparable sizes:
Sintoms 1,8x1,4  NS 260mm   Dunlop 6250, Dunlop 6270 (1,9x0,8), Dunlop 6290 (1,98x 1,02)
Sintoms 2,06x1,3  NS 260mm Jescar 37080 (2,03x0,94), Jescar 43080 (2,03x1,09) Dunlop 6210, Dunlop 6220, Dunlop 6230, Dunlop 6260, Dunlop 6265, Dunlop 6240 (2,0-2,03x0,94-1,1)
Sintoms 2,1x1,4  NS set: 12x130mm Jescar 50085 (2,16x1,27) Dunlop 6200 (2,1x0,9)
Sintoms 2,15x1,0  BR set: 12x130mm   Dunlop 6190 (2,13x0,99)
Sintoms 2,3x1,2  NS set: 12x130mm Jescar 47090 (2,3x1,2), Jescar 45085 (2,16x1,14)  
Sintoms 2,3x1,4  NS, NSE, RSS, TT set: 12x130mm Jescar 55090 (2,3x1,4) Dunlop 6105 (2,36x1,5)
Sintoms 2,3x1,4  NS 260mm    
Sintoms 2,4x1,2 Repair 0.6tang NS set: 12x130mm   Dunlop 6105 (2,36x1,5)
Sintoms 2,4x1,4  NS 260mm Jescar 55095 (2,4x1,4), Jescar 47095 (2,4x1,2)  
Sintoms 2,5x1,4  SB 260mm Jescar 51100 (2,54x1,3), Jescar 45100 (2,54x1,14) Dunlop 6170, Dunlop 6150, Dunlop 6155 (2,5-2,6x1,1-1,16)
Sintoms 2,7x0,9  NS set: 12x130mm Jescar 39106 (2,69x0,99) Dunlop 6130, Dunlop 6140, Dunlop 6160 (2,7-0,9-1)
Sintoms 2,7x1,4 NS 260mm Jescar 51108 (2,75x1,3), Jescar 47104 (2,64x1,2)  
Sintoms 2,8x1,4  NS, NSE, RSS set: 12x130mm Jescar 57110 (2,8x1,45), Jescar 58118 (2,99x1,47) Dunlop 6100, Dunlop 6120, Dunlop 6110, Dunlop 6000
(2,8-2,99x1,27-1,47)
Sintoms 2,5x1,4 ZERO Fret NSE 60mm, 260mm    
Sintoms 2,7x1,6 ZERO Fret RSS 60mm, 260mm    
Sintoms 2,8x1,6 ZERO Fret NSE, SB 60mm, 260mm    
Sintoms 2,9x1,6 ZERO Fret RSS 60mm, 260mm    
Sintoms 3,1x1,87 ZERO Fret SB 60mm, 260mm    

Crown height:

Higher sized frets are easier for so-called bends and hamer on’s/pull off’s and they play lighter because less pressure is needed on the string to tough the fret. On the other hand, if you press the string too hard, you can get unpleasant sharp notes and there might be intonation issues. Because higher frets have more material, they can be recrowned after wear.

Lower sized frets allow for low string height and give a smoother feel when running up and down the fretboard. They do require more accurate placement of your fingers to push the string to the fret. Due to lack of material, the recrowning options after wear are limited.

Crown width:

Narrower frets are more commonly seen on acoustic guitars and say to give a clean note and precise intonation. The smaller size comes in handy at the higher positions, leaving more room for finger placement. Some say they play lighter. On the other hand, they have lesser recrowning possibilities after fret wear, simply because of lack of material.

Wider frets last longer as they provide more surface for the string (spread the pressure) and have more material to re-crown. They could also provide more support with bends. On the other side, with very wide frets and multiple recrowning, the frets may become too wide and give intonation issues.

Sintoms frets listen in a height and width table:

Crown

Height: Low Medium High
Width  
Small     Sintoms 1,8x1,4 (NS)
     
  Sintoms 2,06x1,3 (NS) Sintoms 2,1x1,4 (NS)
Sintoms 2,15x1,0 (BR)    
Medium      
  Sintoms 2,3x1,2 (NS) Sintoms 2,3x1,4 (NS, NSE, RSS, TT)
  Sintoms 2,4x1,2 Repair(NS) Sintoms 2,4x1,4 (NS)
    Sintoms 2,5x1,4 (SB)
Wide (Jumbo)       
Sintoms 2,7x0,9 (NS)   Sintoms 2,7x1,4 (NS)
     
    Sintoms 2,8x1,4 (NS, NSE, RSS)

Materials:

Stainless Steel frets say to last a life time. They are extremely wear resistant, but also more difficult to install and require special tools – or accept faster wear of your regular tools. They have a cool bluish metal color.
The Ringing stainless steel frets from Sintoms also improve the sound qualities with increased sustain and a smoother, more natural sound

Bell Bronze is very wear resistant and has excellent tonal capabilities, such as prolonged sustain, clear and full range sound, more articulate while remaining balanced and natural. They have a deep golden color.

Titanium is the lightest fret material and improve the timbre of an instrument. They are more durable than nickel-silver and more easy to work with than stainless steel. They are recommend for use on classical guitars or to be played with nylon or soft metal wound strings to avoid side tones or friction. They have a distinguished darker metal color.

Nickel-silver is the most used material for fret wire. It gives a great sound, is easy to work with and can be polished to a chrome-like state. For increased wear resistance we offer the Elite adamant hard (25%) and extra hard (18%) compositions.

Brass frets are less wear resistant than extra hard nickel-silver frets but a joy to work with and their bright golden color is a great match for guitars with similar hardware. 

Sintoms frets listed in materials in sequence of hardness and crown width:

Material Brass Extra hard (18%) Nickel Silver Adamant hard (25%) Nickel Silver Titanium Special 
Bell Brons
(Ringing) 
Stainless Steel
Small   Sintoms 1,8x1,4         
    Sintoms 2,06x1,3        
    Sintoms 2,1x1,4         
  Sintoms 2,15x1,0           
Medium   Sintoms 2,3x1,2         
    Sintoms 2,3x1,4 Sintoms 2,3x1,4  Sintoms 2,3x1,4    Sintoms 2,3x1,4
    Sintoms 2,4x1,2 R        
    Sintoms 2,4x1,4     Sintoms 2,5x1,4   
Wide   Sintoms 2,7x0,9         
    Sintoms 2,7x1,4        
             
    Sintoms 2,8x1,4  Sintoms 2,8x1,4     Sintoms 2,8x1,4 
Zero fret     Sintoms 2,5x1,4   Sintoms 2,8x1,6 Sintoms 2,7x1,6
      Sintoms 2,8x1,6   Sintoms 3,1x1,87 Sintoms 2,9x1,6

Our Sintoms frets

  1. Set 2.5 fret wire extra hard
    €6.70 €5.54
  2. Set 2.5 Elite fret wire adamant hard
    €9.95 €8.22
  3. 260mm 2.15 fret wire brass
    €1.25 €1.03
  4. 260mm 2.8 fret wire extra hard
    €1.36 €1.12
  5. Roll 1KG 2.5 fret wire extra hard
    €89.95 €74.34
  6. Roll 1KG 2.3 fret wire extra hard
    €89.95 €74.34
  7. Roll 1KG 2.06 fret wire extra hard
    €79.94 €66.07
  8. Roll 1KG 2.5 fret wire hard
    €63.95 €52.85
  9. Roll 1KG 2.8 fret wire extra hard
    €89.95 €74.34
  10. 2.5 Zero fret Elite adamant hard 260mm
    €17.94 €14.83
  11. 2.5 Zero fret Elite adamant hard 60mm
    €5.95 €4.92
  12. 2.8 Zero fret Elite adamant hard 60mm
    €5.95 €4.92
  13. 2.8 Zero fret Elite adamant hard 260mm
    €17.94 €14.83
  14. 2.9 Zero fret Stainless steel 260mm
    €19.95 €16.49
  15. 2.9 Zero fret Stainless steel 60mm
    €6.95 €5.74
  16. 2.8 Zero fret Bell bronze 260mm
    €19.95 €16.49
  17. 2.8 Zero fret Bell bronze 60mm
    €6.95 €5.74
  18. Set 2.3 Elite fret wire adamant hard
    €9.95 €8.22
  19. Set 2.8 Elite fret wire adamant hard
    €12.95 €10.70
  20. Set 2.5 special bronze fret wire
    €29.95 €24.75
  21. Set 2.8 fret wire extra hard
    €6.90 €5.70
  22. Set 2.3 fret wire Titanium
    €19.95 €16.49
  23. 260mm 2,5 fret wire extra hard
    €1.36 €1.12
  24. 260mm 2,7 fret wire extra hard
    €1.36 €1.12
  25. 260mm 2.4 fret wire extra hard
    €1.36 €1.12
  26. 260mm 2.3 fret wire extra hard
    €1.36 €1.12
  27. 260mm 2.06 fret wire extra hard
    €1.36 €1.12
  28. 260mm 1.8 fret wire extra hard
    €1.36 €1.12
  29. Set 2.15 brass fret wire
    €6.70 €5.54
  30. Set 2.4 repair fret wire extra hard
    €7.01 €5.79
  31. Set 2.7 fret wire extra hard
    €6.70 €5.54
  32. Set 2.3 fret wire extra hard
    €6.70 €5.54
  33. Set 2.1 fret wire extra hard
    €5.70 €4.71

Sintoms frets listed in materials in sequence of hardness and crown width.