Deadblow Fretting Hammer

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More efficient no-bounce fret installation. We fitted this durable hammer with a machined brass convex face especially for fretwork.

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Deadblow Fretting Hammer

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Deadblow Fretting Hammer

Erick Coleman shows how the shot-filled deadblow head is ideal for fretwork. The way this hammer transfers energy to the fret makes fretwork faster.

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More efficient no-bounce fret installation. We fitted this durable hammer with a machined brass convex face especially for fretwork.

The shock-absorbing shot-filled head won't bounce like a regular hammer, so it transfers more energy directly to the fret. This helps seat the wire more firmly, with fewer hammer blows and less chance of the fret springing back.

Overall length: 9-1/2" (241.3mm)
Striking surface diameter: 13/16" (20.64mm)
Weight: 1/2 lb. (.2268 kg)

Durable steel-reinforced handle.

Essential for fretting
This item is one of seven tools included in our Essential Fretting Tool Kit, a compilation of tools you'll need for the fundamentals of fret work. Kit also includes our book, Fretwork Step By Step by Erick Coleman with Dan Erlewine.

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.

Product Instructions

How to hammer frets

Gene Imbody explains the basics of installing frets using a fretting hammer.

Ratings & Reviews

Deadblow Fretting Hammer

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A great tool.

By Gusty from Ro
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 06, 2012

A great tool.

Deadblow it is.

By dmerkuloff from Kyiv, Ukraine
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The busiest tool in my workshop, used for everything I need to hammer.


By Jerhico Guitars from Altona, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 29, 2012

Love it.

Great tool

By Elbio Joel Matte from Porto Alegre, RS Brazil
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Indispensable in any bench. Recomended.

Feels great and virtually no blowback.

By George Casiano from Corona, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 05, 2012

It works as advetised however it's not made of magic... it's still a hammer so there is a small amount of blowback but significantly better than the traditional fret hammer. I was surprised that the non brass side had no plastic tip but when I used the the non brass side on this hammer it worked just fine and left no fret dents in the plastic. A great buy!


By p gaudreau from canada
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 18, 2011

Works as expected

Get hammered

By Pudlglum from Newcastle, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, October 03, 2011

Good size and feel. Works as expected.

Knocked them frets out

By agnusguitars from champaign, il
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 17, 2011

Easy to use and wore ear plugs to ease the sound of my hammering across the frets to seat everything. Didn't damage fret wire or mark it, I like!

Another fine tool from Stewmac

By Gerry A. from Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 29, 2011

Well constructed and very effective for fretting.

Dead Blow Fretting Hammer.

By Pete Stamp from Sussex, England.
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 23, 2011

Well made, feels right as far as the balance is concerned, works a treat with no discernible damage to the fret tops. A recommended buy.

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