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Essential Fretting Tool Set

About This Item

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 Tool Set 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 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 Set 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.

Includes (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 14 Micro-Mesh Belts
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. 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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Don't bother

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The fret dressing stick is silly -- if you can fold a piece of sandpaper on a nice crisp line, the tool is superfluous (and the sanding belts absurdly expensive when you consider the surface material you're buying). The leveling file is fine, and a common tool, but pales in comparison to a "16 leveling beam (that'll run you $50).

Hammer, nippers and 2 files, all good. I haven't priced it out, buy my guess is you buy those 4 products and a beam, you'll spend about the same amount of money, and be much better off.

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Awesome tools makes leveling frets a breeze.

5.0

Complete Amateur

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I had never done a fret dressing before, and was beyond skeptical. I ordered the set, watched a lot of leveling/beveling/crowning/polishing examples online, read through the Step-by-Step book and achieved near perfect results on my MIM fender. One thing I might add, is that if you order this, consider also ordering a three corner file. I will typically try to seek out cheaper alternatives were available for my guitar repair work, but I have to say, with SM, I have never had to worry about the quality of the tools. SM also makes it very easy to make informed decisions. If you are new like me, that makes a huge difference. If you are a first timer, research the process and products, take it very slow, and you should good to go. As my old guitar teacher once told me - "slow is fast."

5.0

Essential fretting tool set

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I bought this set 3 yrs. ago and have used it to fret ukuleles and cigar box guitars as all Stew Mac tools these are great for the beginner and pro alike. The price is right and you also get the fretting book in the deal which sweetens the deal!!

5.0

Makes it a breeze!

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Used other files and assorted tools for this work and took a good bit longer to compleet. Used new tools and bang, job done in at least half the time with a great outcome! Right tool for the job is a must. If you plan on doing this kind of work either for yourself or others i highly recomend the StewMac tools. Also with the video support you really can't go wrong!

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Essential fretting tool kit

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I have been trying to work up the courage to start a Frankenstein re-build project on an old guitar that had a close encounter with a fire.The tool kit was essential in getting me off to a start.

5.0

Excellent maintenance kit

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Just about everything I need to keep most of my guitars in great condition

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Essential Fretting KIT

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A well-rounded kit for someone who wants to get into doing fret work.

5.0

Essential fretting kit

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Arrived very quickly. Quality of each item is top notch. The accompanying book was easy to understand and packed with information for a novice like me. I performed my first fret job on my favorite electric and it turned out well. This is a good investment for anyone looking to start doing fretwork on their own. I have a couple more instruments that need fretwork so this kit will quickly pay for itself.

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Good stuff...

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These nippers are great ! I cant fault it, I recommend this kit as it stands up to everyday use...

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