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Hammering frets over an unsupported acoustic guitar top is risky! Safely press the frets in with Jaws2.

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4266 Jaws2 with wooden cauls and Fret Press Inserts Yes

4267 Jaws2 with wooden cauls Yes

4268 Flat wooden caul only Yes

4269 Neck wooden caul only Yes

4270 Soundhole wooden caul only Yes

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Jaws2 features special soundhole cauls and a self-leveling upper caul that take the stress off the guitar top, so you can safely press the frets into place. Jaws2 is a great idea that was conceived by luthier Bryan Galloup and refined by master fretman Dan Erlewine. Jaws2 utilizes the same 2-1/2" radius brass inserts as our other Jaws tools.

Jaws2 is a professional fretting tool with a self-leveling upper caul that adjusts easily to any neck. It includes five interchangeable 2-1/2" brass inserts, grooved to fit over the fretwire crown. The inserts match popular fretwire radii: 7-1/4", 9-1/2", 12" and 16", and a special 6"-radius insert holds down the fret ends for gluing. Additional radii are available.

Three wooden lower cauls are included: a contoured soundhole caul to span the braces inside a Martin-style guitar, a flat caul you can custom shape to fit over other bracings, and a felt-lined radiused caul to protect the back of the neck. Each caul features an ingenious internal magnet that holds it on the clamp jaw, allowing fumble-free setup.

Why press frets? Pressing the frets can save time and produce more consistent results. That's why it's the method that's widely used in guitar production. Pressed-in frets are less likely to have loose ends and uneven heights, because there's none of the recoil produced by hammer blows.

All Jaws fret presses are designed to work with our grooved brass fret press inserts. The inserts fit over the fretwire and are interchangeable to match popular fretwire radii. More from the Jaws collection:

Jaws Jaws
Use our unique original handheld fret press to fret an entire bolt-on neck, or most of an acoustic neck, FAST, without complicated clamping. More...

Jaws3 Jaws3
is our fret press for the hard-to-clamp area over the neck heel (and it works for entire necks, too!). Because fret seating takes place at the end of this ingenious tool, you can clamp it to the fingerboard and reach those "impossible" frets. More...
Jaws Set JAWS Fret Press Deluxe Set SAVE with the set of all three Jaws fret presses and be ready for every fretting situation! More...

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4 4-07-2014

Although it mostly works for the last 3 or 4 frets of an acoustic guitar, there is no easy way to install them without this! And with the interchangeable cauls it can be adapted to many other unique situations! Great!!!

Bob D.  Scottsdale
3 3-29-2014
not convinced

I haven't got on well with this. Its one of the only tools I have bought from Stewmac and thought hhhhmmm !!?? Maybe because I learnt to fret with hammer etc. A couple of reasons why: Its over priced for a modified clamp... And its not great at finishing the whole fretboard... Its a good concept though and I liked the idea but it didn't work for me.

JSD  Europe Read my reviews (31)
1 3-20-2014
Completely useless

I tried it today for the first time to fret a classical neck. I was not able to install a single fret - over the soundboard or on the neck. Went back to my fretting hammer which works fine. I'll be returning this.

Chris.Conery  Boulder, Colo
5 1-02-2014
Jaws 2

The only negative I can say in truth about this Jig is that I did not own it sooner!!!!! She does it all with some creative wooden cauls and jigs. Simple said? A MUST for the shop.

PETER POPE JONES  MEXICO Read my reviews (3)
5 5-31-2013
Typical Stew Mac quality!

Being able to press frets makes everything a little more predictable. If you see it's not going in exactly the way you want you can stop half way instead of hammering it all the way in. Also, being able to leave it clamped while the glues sets makes for a good solid fret. No more dead frets. If you're on the fence about this product, don't be. It's great.

Penitentiary Hollow Stringed Instruments  Attalla, AL Read my reviews (2)
4 12-11-2012
Nice suppliment to Jaws 1

This tool takes a bit of getting used to when using it to press the frets over the heel, and it will only reach the last 3 frets on many tongue extensions. Still, its better than hammering them in on many jobs.

Dogwood Guitars  Kansas City, MO Read my reviews (26)
4 4-06-2012
A young man's jig!

Hey, this thing is much better than hammering the fret into submission -- as long as I do my part thoughtfully it will do it's part effectively. You have to have a good strong grip to send the tangs home -- I'm not so young anymore.

Watson & Blackstone Luthiers  Maryville, Illinois Read my reviews (2)
4 2-09-2012
Jaws 2 works well

It works fine to squeeze in the frets. I found that it was necessary to start at one end of the fret and work across the fingerboard, but that's not a significant drawback. Given that the brass inserts are unlikely to ever exactly match the fingerboard curvature, it will be necessary in any event. A fatter handle or T-handle would be nice to apply the needed torque. As another reviewer noted, it won't work for the last few frets on a classical guitar. For those I use an ebony caul and regular C-clamps. Despite these quibbles, it's a good tool and I'm glad I have it.

WildBill  Greeley, CO Read my reviews (2)
4 1-22-2012
Best value!

Great for holding the fret down while you glue dries, which is why I bought one of these after buying the fret arbor press. The best bang for your buck. Only thing I would like to see is a grub screw or something to hold the cauls in place to make it easier going from fret to fret.

T Copley  Australia Read my reviews (22)
4 1-12-2012

This is good but not best.

niponz  Thailand Read my reviews (31)
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