Fret Tang Nipper

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Fret Tang Nipper For Narrow Fretwire

For Narrow Fretwire

Item # 1604
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$60.93

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Fret Tang Nipper For Medium Fretwire

For Medium Fretwire

Item # 1626
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$60.93

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Fret Tang Nipper For Wide Fretwire

For Wide Fretwire

Item # 1649
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Fret Tang Nipper

Undercuts fretwire, fast and easy.
Fret Tang Nipper speeds fret jobs on bound necks, and helps save the lacquer finish at the edges of unbound fretboards.

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.


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5.0

Great design

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This is a great tool design and works great. I am a retired tool and die maker and wish I had design this. What a quality unit and does a quality job. Larry Threet, Luthier, Lexington SC

5.0

nice. :)

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easy to use. time saver.

5.0

Speedy Little Tool

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Before this tool I was filing the ends of frets for bound fret boards. Whoa!!!! I just did not know how bad I had it. This tool is worth every Penny I spent. I've seen the post stating that some of Stew Macs tools are pricey. I say this, You get what you pay for. They have yet to mess up one of my orders, and they ship quick. Ask a question about their product and customer service response is second to none. I have seen the post about people having problems with their products. Stew Mac handles it no questions asked. JUST CAN'T BEAT EM. Oh Yeah you can near bought go to Luthier School right their on the web site, with all the how to videos. Thanks to everyone that makes this company work. YOU DO A GREAT JOB.

5.0

Amazing

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I used to do this by hand and it would take forever. You can safely and perfectly nip your entire fretboard in about two minutes. If you do a lot of bound fretting, dont even hesitate to get one.

5.0

Fret tang nipper

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This is a real time saver. Very easy to use . Cool tool.

5.0

Essential Tool

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If your fret work requires cutting back the tang then this tool is a must have. We've tried other brands and methods but for us nothing beats this tool.

5.0

Fret tang nipper, YEAH!

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I LOVE this tool. As an artisan's prerogative, every fretboard I make is bound and purfled--I just like that look, and so do my clients. I've been using the fret tang nipper tool for over a decade, and can't imagine life without it. I can under-cut the tang to the precise width for each fret slot, and 99% of the time, no further filing or dressing is needed. Over the years, I can't imagine how much time this tool has saved me. It's so quick, precise and easy.

5.0

Great tool

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Excellent tool, you got a nice fretboards, cut clean and fast fretwire...

4.0

Time saver

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Nice and sturdy tool, shame it cant do all sizes of wire but if you do alot of re-frets, then this will save you so much time, clean cutting and simple to use.

5.0

Great tool!

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Yes, you can buy similar tools on the Internet, but by the time it ships (more expensive and longer) and the gambling on whether you will be able to slot it properly for the fret, it makes more sense to simply order it from StewMac. The tool will not disappoint you and makes a nice, clean cut. All this coming from a guy who enjoys more to build jigs and tools than instruments. If you need it, don't think twice - simply buy it.

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