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Essential Fretting Tool Set

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Essential Fretting Tool Set

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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 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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5.0

Top Quality...A set for every Luthier

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StewMac has done it again; produced top quality items with exceptional speed on delivery. The book alone on Fretting is worth it...makes the tools seem secondary. Dr. Nelson

5.0

First fret job without fretting

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I may not do another fret job but these tools proved essential in getting this one done. I have tools like these but not exactly. What I have would not have done as well. All these tools can also be used for other purposes. Good quality fundamental tools.

5.0

Essential fretting set 

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This essential kit is the best. The quality of the tools is great.

4.0

Essential

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I bought this kit to start creating cigar box guitars. Fretting is the most intensive part of the job. This kit makes it much easier.

5.0

Aptly-named set!

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Good quality tools. This IS the absolutely minimum you need to do quality, professional work. Once you get it, you will soon realize that there are more specialized tools to do things quicker & better. Love my first step into guitar repair!

3.0

Great, but... 

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I am just getting into fret levelling, crowning and polishing. This kit is awesome, but I question some of the items.
I don't think the kit should include the hammer or the fret wire cutters. These tools are mainly for installing new frets, not tending to existing frets. Would have loved some more polishing sticks or radius leveling tools instead of the cutters and hammer. Overall though this kit is a great place to start. I successfully levelled, crowned and polished my first guitar with this kit and I will be buying more tools from stewmac

5.0

Get this

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This is a really good set.

2.0

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.

5.0

Essential fretting tool set

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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."

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