Iíve played the heck out of my Gibson Jam Master these last 3 years and it was in need of a fret dressing at a minimum. Been reading in the Cafť about people getting bigger fret wire put on their mando to make it easier to play, especially for classical pieces.
Iíve been working on a Gervasio piece with some triple stops that have not been easy in spite of my freakishly large hands. The clincher to me was playing the piece on my teacherís (Bruce Graybill) Weber with larger fret wireómuch easier to negotiate the notes.
So I did my research. My understanding is Gibson fret wire is typically .034Ē wide and .032Ē tall. Weber uses 0.080" x .037 fretwire from Jescar (FW37080).
I took it to my favorite luthier, Matt Harmon at Mass Street Music in Lawrence, KS. He didnít have the Jescar wire in stock but had some from Collings that was .080x.040 and we agreed that was close enough.
Iíve had the Gibson back for about a week and the new wire made a stunning difference! It takes much less pressure to play and I donít have to be right below the fret to play a clean note. Itís going to take me a while to get used to and adjust to playing with much less finger pressure, so final results will be some time away but at this point looks promising.
So thatís my two bits about bigger fret wire. Well worth the cost as far as Iím concerned.