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    Default Fret size on Kentucky KM-950

    Would someone please advise me on the size frets that are on my Kentucky KM-950. Upon review of Saga's specs the most descriptive information they provide is "medium jumbo" (not very specific). I do prefer this size, now that I have become used to them, to those that were on my Collings MT.
    I would like to know more specifically for the purpose of getting the same size in EVO gold on my next mandolin.
    Keith Edward Coleman A style, oval hole Mandola
    Stiver A style (eagerly awaiting spring 2020 arrival)
    Weber Gallatin A Mandola "D hole"
    Kentucky KM-950
    Harley Benton A style (Spare canoe paddle)
    Rogue 100A (current campfire tool)

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    Since the mandolin is built overseas and in multiple locations, its quite possible that even the parent company in SF won't be able to provide you an answer. Its fairly easy for any tech to accurately measure your frets and tell you the spec. Normally the best place to measure is on the last few frets and take multiple measurements of a number of frets for both width and height. There can be variations of + or - a couple of thousanths. Find out what the average of the closest three measurements out of five frets measured.

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    My KM-956 measures at .078" wide by .037" high

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    Quote Originally Posted by KOakley View Post
    My KM-956 measures at .078" wide by .037" high
    Should I assume I would be safe asking for FW37080 EVO Gold (0.80) based upon this measurement?
    Keith Edward Coleman A style, oval hole Mandola
    Stiver A style (eagerly awaiting spring 2020 arrival)
    Weber Gallatin A Mandola "D hole"
    Kentucky KM-950
    Harley Benton A style (Spare canoe paddle)
    Rogue 100A (current campfire tool)

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    Stewmac has good diagrams showing the dimensions of the fret wire they sell, which should be helpful getting the information you need. I would think you would want to pay attention to the height and width of the tang so it will fit your existing fret slot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittsburgh Bill View Post
    Should I assume I would be safe asking for FW37080 EVO Gold (0.80) based upon this measurement?
    Yes, that is considered standard size for guitars and LOTS of builders/luthiers install it in mandos. I have it in two of mine and I love it. Very little sign of wear 3 years in. BTW, that "medium jumbo" description is way off mark. Medium jumbo is an electric guitar wire more like 0.102" wide and totally inappropriate for mandolin.

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