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Fretting Hammer

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Our well-balanced dual-face hammer has become a standard tool for fretwork.

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  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
4895 Hammer with plastic and brass faces Yes

4896 7/8" Replacement plastic face Yes

4897 7/8" Replacement brass face Yes

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The aluminum head is threaded for two replaceable striking surfaces: a low-dent plastic flat face with smooth edges, and a brass convex face that's radiused for installing frets. Sturdy hardwood handle.

Head striking surface diameter 7/8" (22.23mm)
Overall length of the head 2-3/4" (69.85mm)
Handle length 9-1/2" (241.30mm)

Works on stainless frets, too!
All of our tools are suitable for use on stainless-steel fretwire, with the exception of our Fret Tang Nippers and Fret Cutters. Modern stainless-steel fretwire is known to be harder than the traditional nickel-silver blends, but our own shop experience indicates the wire does not cause premature wear of files or sandpapers.
How to use a Fret Hammer
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A fret hammer was one of the first lutherie tools Erick Coleman ever bought, and it's still an essential in his shop. In this issue of Trade Secrets, he shows how to use it.

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Fretting Hammer
Fretting Hammer
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2 3-04-2011
Less Than Expected

I was disappointed with this one. The head of this hammer was loose when I received it. Not to the point of falling off, but loose enough for me to be afraid that it will fall off with a little use. It is certainly loose enough to affect proper use. I opted not to return it (based on the design, I didn't think another one would be much different). Instead, I will fix it myself and move on. Not the quality I normally find and expect from StewMac.

Bryan C.  Owensboro, KY Read my reviews (12)
StewMac responds

Bryan, we're sorry you received a hammer that was loose. We would be happy to replace it for no cost. Just let us know. Thanks

5 2-27-2011

Very nice hammer!!! It´s very comfortable. I can seat the frets firmly and don´t damage it.

Rodolfo  Rio de Janeiro - Brazil Read my reviews (5)
4 2-06-2011
its ok

It will work but the head is loose right out of the box. Little things like that bother me.

ariapro4ever  detroit,MI Read my reviews (4)
5 1-29-2011
Luthier Fretting Hammer

A must have tool for the beginner or serious luthier! Makes fretting a joy. Well worth the extra cost. Very usable. Buy it,you won't regret it!!

furynut69  Germantown,WI. Read my reviews (7)
4 7-24-2010
great hammer for frets

If you know what your doing and your careful, this hammer can do the job without any problems.

mmbassballs  CA Read my reviews (6)
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