This list of required tools from Red Wing has a strong focus on fretwork: installation, repair and removal.
StewMac supplies lutherie students with essential tools of the trade. The students benefit by owning and mastering the specialized tools that will serve them in their professional careers. But you don't have to be a student to get them for your shop!
"We teach our students guitar repair and building as a career. Our program is designed to teach not only the skills involved, but also understanding of the instruments, their components, materials and acoustics."
Tool List for Red Wing Technical College includes:
#1626 Fret Tang Nipper, for Medium fretwire
#3572 Pull Stroke 0.020" Gauged Saw
#5890 10mm Guitar Nutdriver
#5892 1/2" Guitar Nutdriver
#0619 Fret Cutters
#1175 Fret End Dressing File
#1637 Fret Puller
#3108 Drop-fill Sticks
#3744 StewMac Fingerboard Guards
#4541 0.012" / 0.020" Double-edge Nut File
#4542 0.026" / 0.032" Double-edge Nut File
#4543 0.036" / 0.042" Double-edge Nut File
#4544 0.050" / 0.060" Double-edge Nut File
#7009 StewMac Accelerator, 6-ounce aerosol
#0411 Radius Block, 10" radius
#0412 Radius Block, 12" radius
#0413 Radius Block, 16" radius
#3602 0.020" Refret Saw
#5432 Smooth Radius Gauges
#0487 Teflon Fret Dam
#0020 Medium Super Glue
#1550 Fret Work Step-By-Step By Erick Coleman with Dan Erlewine
#0407 Radius Block, 14" radius
#4578 16" Fret/Fingerboard Leveler
#5054 Offset Diamond Fret File, 300-grit
#7015 Whip Tips
#4870 Fret Slot Cleaning Tool
#5891 7/16" Guitar Nutdriver
#0010 Thin Super Glue
||Red Wing Technical College
Red Wing, Minnesota
An ancient art, a modern career.
"At Minnesota State College-
Southeast Tech's Guitar Repair and Building program, we teach our students guitar repair and
building as a career. Our program is designed to teach not only the skills involved, but also
understanding of the instruments, their components, materials and acoustics. The very best people in
our field are not only highly skilled at the craft, but also creative problem solvers. Repair work
and instrument building constantly offer new opportunities to improve the way something is done or
how well an instrument plays and sounds."
The 9-month program specializes in building,
setup, and repair of acoustic and electric instruments. Optional 5-day workshops can focus on
archtop constructions, electric guitar construction, and advanced finishing.
|| || A career in lutherie
starts with the right tools. |
We serve leading lutherie schools by supplying their
students with tools of the trade. The students benefit by owning and mastering specialized
professional tools that will serve them well in their careers. Each school has developed a list of
required StewMac tools that are essential to their coursework.
For the majority of
aspiring guitarmakers who will never attend a lutherie school, these lists are valuable
recommendations. Whether you're an apprentice, or starting out on your own, we make it easy to order
the same tools trusted by veteran instructors.