Fret Tang Nipper

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Undercuts fretwire so the fret ends fit over neck binding.

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Fret Tang Nipper For medium fretwire

For medium fretwire

Item # 1626
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Fret Tang Nipper For wide fretwire

For wide fretwire

Item # 1649
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Total: $0.00
Quantity: 20


Undercuts fretwire so the fret ends fit over neck binding.

Undercuts fretwire cleanly.
There's gotta be an easier way to trim the ends of the frets to fit over the neck bindings, right? Our friend Bill Collings (of Collings Guitars) had an idea that inspired us to produce this simple and precise tool. It's become a repair shop favorite. It does an outstanding job of undercutting fretwire to fit over neck bindings, speeding up fret jobs on bound necks, and helps save the lacquer finish at the edges of the fingerboard. Just insert the wire to the desired depth in the guide notch, squeeze the handle, and the wire is quickly and cleanly undercut. No bending or crimping!

The Fret Tang Nipper is useful for unbound fingerboards too. Try nipping the fret tang to length before installing the fret. Now you'll only need to cut and file the overhanging crown, and the fret will be less likely to twist and unseat.

#1626 is for medium-width fretwire, .075" to .095" (1.90mm to 2.41mm)

#1649 is for wide fretwire, .100" to .120" (2.54mm to 3.05mm)

The Fret Tang Nipper is 6" long (152.40mm), including 4" (101.60mm) rubber-sleeved handles.

Not recommended for stainless steel frets.

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Fret Tang Nipper

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Absolutely the best tool for this

By Jeremie Dunlap from Spokane WA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 22, 2014

I can't recommend this enough. It works much better than I ever imagined it would.

Learning curve

By Bryan was taken already from Houston
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 09, 2014

There was a bit of a learning curve (wasted fretwire) in determining what its maximum cut was - and that maximum was not big. Knowing this is important since I could not go back to make a second cut because it would mangle the crown. I would have liked to have been able to go back and nibble a little more of the tang away as needed on some frets. It's a good thing I started by the headstock and worked my way down as it allowed me to reuse some mis-trimmed frets. Still, it was a massive timesaver in my last bound-fingerboard refret once I learned its peculiarities. Some adjustment instructions would be nice as well instead of having to waste fretwire learning tool setup through experimentation.

How could I live without one of those?

By Bruno Lobao from Brazil - Rio de Janeiro
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 24, 2013

I really had a hard time on the fret tangs. This one is PERFECT. It's really one of my favorite tools of all time.

Time saver

By R J Adams from Waynesboro, Va
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 08, 2013

Great time saving tool. But still had to hit each end with file to get flush.

Worked better than expected. 

By Andrew H. from South Carolina, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I bought these and immediately did a fret job with the Gold EVO frets... worried that these wouldn't hold up. But they did fine, I only messed up one fret and they didn't seem to degrade over the job... can't say how they would do over multiple jobs. But they held up better than my nippers (Not a stewmac one). Those chipped up real bad.

Couldn't imagine not using this.

By Scott C from Atlanta GA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Just finished my first bound fretjob. Thanks to this tool, it was a breeze!

Won't be going back to hand filing

By PST Guitars from King George, VA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Simple little tool that's brilliant in application. Huge time saver and undercuts the fret wire smoothly with just a one motion squeeze of the handle. Get won't regret the purchase and will recoup the cost of the tool in the first bound neck fret/refret job you do just in the time savings alone.

Great design

By Larry Threet from Lexington, SC
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 18, 2013

This is a great tool design and works great. I am a retired tool and die maker and wish I had design this. What a quality unit and does a quality job. Larry Threet, Luthier, Lexington SC

nice. :)

By jiROck Custom from Philippines
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 10, 2013

easy to use. time saver.

Speedy Little Tool

By Luther from NC
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Before this tool I was filing the ends of frets for bound fret boards. Whoa!!!! I just did not know how bad I had it. This tool is worth every Penny I spent. I've seen the post stating that some of Stew Macs tools are pricey. I say this, You get what you pay for. They have yet to mess up one of my orders, and they ship quick. Ask a question about their product and customer service response is second to none. I have seen the post about people having problems with their products. Stew Mac handles it no questions asked. JUST CAN'T BEAT EM. Oh Yeah you can near bought go to Luthier School right their on the web site, with all the how to videos. Thanks to everyone that makes this company work. YOU DO A GREAT JOB.

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