Fret Cutter

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Spend less time filing fret ends!
This is the best tool for trimming the ends off fretwire.

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Fret Cutter

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Fret Cutter for trimming fret ends

After installing new frets, the flush-cut jaws of a fret cutter trim the fret ends.

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Spend less time filing fret ends!
This is the best tool for trimming the ends off fretwire.

A Stewart-MacDonald exclusive, our custom-made steel cutter has improved features you won't find on hardware store nippers.

The jaws are specially hardened for fret work, and they're profiled and flush-ground to cut the wire close to the fretboard. The result is a cleaner cut without pulling the wire, so you'll need to do less filing. Longer rubber-coated handles allow better access to the frets over a guitar body.

1" (25.4mm) jaw width, 8" (203.20mm) length.

Not recommended for use with stainless-steel fretwire.

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.

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Fret Cutter

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Fret Cutter

By Pat Green from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Works perfectly

What A Cutter

By Rex from Huntsville, AL.
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 09, 2011

Had been using a set of "nippers" I purchased at a hardware store. What a difference! The cutter I purchased from StewMac is cleaner & faster


By Ceri from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Of all the tools on this entire website this is the one I wouldn't buy anywhere else. And that's after trying all the alternatives. A touch of downward pressure with the thumb of your free hand has you snip and - bingo - fret ends nipped off better than anything else. Top marks.

Do Not Buy!!

By Adam P. from Tasmania, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Chewed the ends after one fret job (stewmac wide/tall nickel wire), sent me another pair..2nd guitar build same thing happened, harder steel required!!


By MIke's Custom Guitars & FretWorx from Cape Town, South Africa
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, July 07, 2011

I cannot rave enough about this tool, it's the 5th cutter I've bought and the last - BRILLIANT . . . proverbial hot knife thro' butter.

Great set of nippers

By BAClark from Hamilton, Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 26, 2011

This is a substantial set of cutters great for fret removal and trimming

excellent product

By Gilton ss from Brazil
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 30, 2011

product of high quality, lightweight and easy to work, a beauty

great fret cutter

By Ciro Marzio from Napoli - Italy
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 25, 2011

Smooth! A veritable pleasure to work with. It cuts so clean and saves so much tedious filing. It is also very useful for other precision cutting works.

A real must in a workshop.

Works great

By Goodin from Knoxville, TN, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 14, 2011

I used these to trim the ends of fretwire on my first dulcimer build. They work great. Very sharp and easy to use. A high quality tool. I also found they will cut small screws with ease. I recommend.

really sharp and strong

By MoorMusic from Switzerland
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, March 06, 2011

To be honest I have only used this for cutting strings but I love it already. It makes even Bass strings feel like butter.

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