Fret/Fingerboard Levelers

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Precision-ground for flatness.
Fast, accurate leveling tools for the pro shop.

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Fret/Fingerboard Levelers 8" length

8" length

Item # 4577
In stock, ready to ship!


Fret/Fingerboard Levelers 16" length

16" length

Item # 4578
In stock, ready to ship!


Fret/Fingerboard Levelers 24" length

24" length

Item # 4579
In stock, ready to ship!


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Fret/Fingerboard Levelers

3 sizes to make any fretboard absolutely level.

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Precision-ground for flatness.
Fast, accurate leveling tools for the pro shop.

Each heavyweight steel tube is precision-ground for flatness on the narrow sides. Attach abrasive to quickly level frets or unfretted fingerboards.

Each heavyweight rectangular 1" x 2" steel tube is precision-ground for flatness on two opposite sides. The tool's edges are smooth to prevent gouging.

Available in three lengths, to level any fingerboard.

Roger Sadowsky, ace builder and repairman, wrote us to say:
"I have been leveling fingerboards and frets for 30 years and thought I was pretty set in my ways. However, I have recently tried the 16" steel levelers (#4578) and man, talk about teaching an old dog new tricks! My fingerboards have never been better, and they work much better than files for leveling frets. Thank you again, StewMac!!!"

Cut and stick!
3M Stikit Gold Paper Self-adhesive Abrasives are the right width for our leveling and radius sanding tools. Attach 80 through 220-grits for radiusing and leveling the fingerboard, and 220 through 400-grits for leveling the frets.

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.

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Fret/Fingerboard Levelers

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By David Schwab - SGD Lutherie from Bloomfield, NJ
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 29, 2012

I used to use a nice aluminum carpenter's level for this, but I lost that years ago. I just got the 16" Leveler, and used it to level the fingerboard on a bass, and then to level the frets. It got the fingerboard to nice and flat that I had to hardly remove any material from the frets! It's heft does all the work, and I was done in much less time than when I used shorter levelers. Highly recommended.

Love it!

By Beth Mayer from Tucson, AZ
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 11, 2012

I bought the 16" length. It is the perfect fit for leveling the guitar FB. I love the weight of it. The curved edges prevent the edges of the sandpaper from scoring the work while leveling. It is an excellent value for the money! I'll be buying the 8" one before I glue the FB on my next uke

My favourite tool for frets and fingerboards.

By Greg Robinson - Guitar & Amplifier from Melbourne, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, September 18, 2012

My go-to tool for frets and fingerboards, allows me to follow the string-lie. The weight behind the tool helps it do most of the work itself, without you having to put your back into it.


By Aleface from Randolph, MA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 20, 2012

Levels the frets with just the weight of the bar. Makes things easy.

You Get What You Pay For

By Patrick Patten, Patten Guitars from Fredericton, NB Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 08, 2012

This is as basic a tool as you can get, yet if it isn't precisely straight it's worthless in fret work. This tool is precise and as a busy repair shop it has paid for itself in no time. Forget the makeshift levellers and just buy one of these. If you want precise work you need precise tools. This one qualifies. Very pleased.

Got to have it!!

By Gary at SharpenYourAxxe from Oakton Virginia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, July 15, 2012

Straight and heavy. You can use this tool to level the frets quick and easy. It is so heavy you just let the tool do the work.

Fret/Fingerboard Levelers 

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

A quality tool.

Makes your fret level jobs a breeze

By abilbay from Ft Worth, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, June 18, 2012

With the right tool any body can do a fret job and this is the right tool. The weight does most of the work for you. It is solid built and will last forever. The only draw back is it is a little $$$.

Better than you might think

By quipquot from Newburyport, MA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 27, 2012

I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this - would it be any better than something flat I could find around the shop instead? It is heavier than expected, and dead-flat. The heft prevents chatter and lets gravity do the work. Very nice - I'm glad I went for it!

Perfect tool!

By Tim d from Unionville
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 11, 2012

This made quick work of correcting a poorly manufactured neck. Combined with your fret files it was a 30 minute repair

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