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Guitar Repair Vise

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The luthier's favorite vise is even easier to use, thanks to custom modifications: bearing-smooth operation, fast crank handwheel, and urethane/hardwood swivel jaws.

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Custom modifications make it the best!
Don't mistake our vise for one of the many copycats! We've customized our Guitar Repair Vise to give it bearing-smooth operation that you won't find elsewhere. Turn the fast-crank handwheel and you'll immediately feel the difference.

Customized four ways:
1. Fast-crank handwheel with removable handle
2. Roller bearings for fast smooth opening/closing
3. Protective urethane surfaces on custom hardwood jaws
4. Nylon-core adjustable tension nuts control 360° jaw rotation

A good vise is the central hub of your workshop. Every repair or building job benefits from a solid, secure vise, and if it's actually a pleasure to use that's all the better!

Our Guitar Repair Vise is 32 pounds of steel that rotates full-circle to position the work for comfortable access. Each inch-thick hardwood jaw rotates too, with forgiving urethane surfaces to hold instruments of any shape/any size. This vise holds a the tapered angles of a neck securely without needing any shims. Nylon-core adjustment nuts set the tension on the rotating jaws, so you can let them spin loosely or hold their angle. The vise jaws open to a maximum of 6" (15.24cm).

We've built in a roller bearing so the vise opens and adjusts smoothly - and added a crank handle to make it speedy. (The handle's conveniently removable, too.)

The sturdy base can be installed under your workbench for 8" vise height, or on top for 9-3/4" height. The threaded mounting rod and large wingnut mount the vise quickly on any benchtop up to 4-1/2" thick.

Extra parts for the Guitar Repair Vise available.
Replacement parts for your vise and upgrading older vises.

SAVE when you order the Vise and ShopStand together!

ShopStand and Guitar Repair Vise Set is the perfect combo to set up your vise to be a sturdy, 360-degree swiveling money saver!

New ways to use the Guitar Repair Vise
Dan Erlewine’s been teaching his vise to do tricks!
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In this issue of Trade Secrets, Dan makes his Guitar Repair Vise sit up and roll over. Who knew cast iron could be so flexible?

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Guitar Repair Vise
Guitar Repair Vise
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5 2-13-2011
Great Vise

This vise is a must for any instrument repair, very smooth action and soft pads that wont damage.

metal6string  Navarre, Florida Read my reviews (2)
5 1-10-2011
A very versatile vise

This is a great vise. I have used several different types of vises in my shop and this one is my consistent go to. It is very delicate with the instrument yet it it hold the material as solidly as needed. This is one of the best tools I've added to my guitar shop.

Rick  Coral Springs, FL
5 12-15-2010
The right stuff

Exactly as described, perfect for the job, no problems, worth the money.

Quintin  Georgetown, PEI Read my reviews (10)
5 12-09-2010
This vice is awesome!

I built one guitar without it. Never again! Great addition to any shop.

Jameslee Guitars  Missouri Read my reviews (2)
4 11-30-2010
Corner bench Vice

Great vice, I have used it again and again without issue. I love the turn crank. Just two complaints that keep it from a 5, price and it would be nice to be able to replace the pads inside the vise with both replacement and different material linings... I do a lot of french polishing and gluing...

acousticplayer  Denver, CO Read my reviews (7)
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5 10-19-2010
So solid

This is an amazing piece of equipment. I almost purchased a cheaper version of this vise and I am glad I purchased this one. So solid. I saw it's potential even before I closed the jaws for the first time.

Jay Rosenblatt  West orange, NJ
5 9-03-2010
A must-have!

Wow - I can't believe I didn't buy one of these sooner. There are so many things that you can do with this vise, but the one thing that comes to mind right now is scraping the sides of a Tele-style guitar. I used to sit on the basement steps with the guitar body between my knees, trying to make the scraper behave. Now, with the body in this vise, I can get much more leverage and stability with a metal scraper and the results prove it!

Steve T  Boston, MA Read my reviews (4)
5 9-03-2010
Repair Vise an A+

I love this tool! It has made my job of sanding, so much easier. I highly recommend it as an essential for any builder.

Diane  Blacksburg, VA Read my reviews (2)
5 8-30-2010
How did I get along without it?

How did I get along without it? That's the only thing I can say after using the guitar repair vise for a few months. I've been a hobbyist luthier since the late 90's and dealing with various vises to hold the guitar while I work. Nothing has approached the ease and versatility of this tool. And shipping to Hawaii was super fast and cheap! Thanks Stew-Mac!! This is a photo of the vise holding a travel guitar project.

Dale Machado  Honolulu, Hawaii
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2 8-27-2010
Not as good as it looks on the pictures

The concept is good and it works fine but it feels cheap with quite rough machining, casting and terrible paintwork. As another reviewer has said it is not a precision piece of machinery. Severely overpriced.I would be happy if it would had cost me half of what I paid. Made in Taiwan.

Lutemaker  Spain Read my reviews (2)
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