Essential Fretting Kit

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Good basic tools you'll need to get started.
Includes the definitive Fret Work Step-By-Step book!

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Essential Fretting Kit

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Good basic tools you'll need to get started.
Includes the definitive Fret Work Step-By-Step book!

Want to learn how to fret a guitar, but not sure how to start or which tools to choose? Stop fretting...and start fretting! Assembled by our experts, the Essential Fretting Took Kit is a great way to master the fundamentals with only a modest investment in good quality tools.

These are the basic tools you'll need for removing, installing, leveling, crowning and inspecting frets.

And to give you the best possible head start, we include Fret Work Step-By-Step book. It's the most complete book ever published on the subject, with techniques, tips, tools and tricks.

The Essential Fretting Kit features the same tools we supply to professional repair shops—good tools that give you the confidence to do good work. They'll help prepare you for more specialized jobs and tools later as your skills develop.

Our professional Deadblow Fretting Hammer is now included in the kit. The shock-absorbing head reduces fret springback, for an easier, more trouble-free fret job.

Kit contents (click the links for details on each tool)
Fret Cutter
Deadblow Fretting Hammer
Fret Leveling File, 6"
Double-edge Fret File, medium/wide
Fret End Dressing File
Fret Dressing Stick with 8 belts (2 of each grit)
Fret Rocker
Fret Work Step-By-Step, 2nd edition

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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First Time Fretting

By Mark Harper from Lexington KY
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 14, 2011


The Essential Fretting Kit is a very good set of learning tools for someone like myself who has never installed frets before. The book that comes with it is helpful in learning to deal with different circumstances, especially about working around binding since I mostly work with banjos.

necessary tools.. !!!

By guitarra_eterna from peru
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, July 17, 2011


I am very happy with these tools, thanks stewar mc.. friends, greetings from peru

Exactly What I Needed

By Geoffrey from Adelaide, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, July 16, 2011


The essential fretting kit was just what the doctor ordered. Provided all the tools I needed to complete my first fretting job. It may not be perfect but this kit certainly gave me the tools to finish the job to a good standard

Essential Fretting Kit

By MarcMaria from San Jose CA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 02, 2011


Great kit and I used everything in it. I also bought the depth gauge and radius block. I was able to radius a flat fret board and drop in the frets. Every tool worked as described in the book. Hammered them in place, leveled them, rounded the tops, cleaned the edges, checked for high spots and finished / polished. Just super.

Great starting package

By Dylan G from Indiana
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 19, 2011


I really enjoyed this package bundle. I did need to buy a few more tools like refret saw and cleaner as well as radius gauge and radius sander but this kit is the best bang for the buck!

Full and Easy.

By Georgie from Arecibo P.R.
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Very good kit very simple and the work is easier.

High quality

By DagS from Norway
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, April 11, 2011


The kit is great. It is good to have such good tools available. And the fretwork book is very clear and instructive.

Good Old New Frets

By Amp C Productions from Sheboygan, Wi
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 22, 2011


The book was fantastic and the tools and equipment are first rate. I was able to be up and running in no time and the finished results are wonderful.

fretting kit first timer

By music man from north port, fl.
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 09, 2011


Great products and video education to get you going smoothly and correctly. This was my first refret job on a 78 fender strat i bought in a junk sale and looked like all frets were beat to death with hammer. After getting kit and some SM video teachings i was off and running with no problems at all and now have a strat in factory new condition. thank you stewmac i will be doing more projects in the future.

Essential Fretting Kit.. For Real

By RT Basses from Willow Street, PA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 29, 2010


This kit has everything you need to install frets. I got both this and the fret press caul to use with my drill press, and tried both out while learning how to use the tools. It's a really enjoyable process, and this kit makes every step ALOT easier without having to search in more than one place for the necessary tools. Buy the kit and you have everything you need.

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