Bill Collings (of Collings Guitars) inspired this clever tool for undercutting fretwire to fit over neck bindings. Insert the fretwire to the desired depth in the guide notch, squeeze the handle, and the wire is quickly and cleanly undercut—no bending or crimping.
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.
A repair shop favorite!
- Hardened-steel cuts clean and stays sharp
- Rubber coated handles for a comfortable, non-slip grip
- Tool is 5.5" long (140mm)
#1604 for narrow fretwire, 0.053" to 0.080" (1.35mm to 2.03mm) wide.
Narrow fretwire is typically used on banjos and mandolins.
#1626 for medium fretwire, 0.075" to 0.095" (1.90mm to 2.41mm) wide.
Medium is the most popular size of guitar fretwire.
#1649 for wide fretwire, 0.100" to 0.120" (2.54mm to 3.05mm) wide.
Wide is found on many modern electric guitars and basses.
Fret Tang Nipper is one of the few StewMac tools that is not recommended for stainless steel frets.