Fret Tang Nipper

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Undercuts fretwire so the fret ends fit over neck binding.

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Fret Tang Nipper For medium fretwire

For medium fretwire

Item # 1626
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Fret Tang Nipper For wide fretwire

For wide fretwire

Item # 1649
In stock, ready to ship!


Total: $0.00
Quantity: 20


Undercuts fretwire so the fret ends fit over neck binding.

Undercuts fretwire cleanly.
There's gotta be an easier way to trim the ends of the frets to fit over the neck bindings, right? Our friend Bill Collings (of Collings Guitars) had an idea that inspired us to produce this simple and precise tool. It's become a repair shop favorite. It does an outstanding job of undercutting fretwire to fit over neck bindings, speeding up fret jobs on bound necks, and helps save the lacquer finish at the edges of the fingerboard. Just insert the wire to the desired depth in the guide notch, squeeze the handle, and the wire is quickly and cleanly undercut. No bending or crimping!

The Fret Tang Nipper is useful 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.

#1626 is for medium-width fretwire, .075" to .095" (1.90mm to 2.41mm)

#1649 is for wide fretwire, .100" to .120" (2.54mm to 3.05mm)

The Fret Tang Nipper is 6" long (152.40mm), including 4" (101.60mm) rubber-sleeved handles.

Not recommended for stainless steel frets.

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Fret Tang Nipper

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Gotta have it for bound fingerboards

By Beau Hannam Guitars from Grand Junction, CO 
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, July 26, 2012

These nippers cut clean but some clean up filing still needs to be manually done. This is normal. A must have for bound fingerboards. Note- these do not work on thin (0.50"ish), mandolin or uke fret wire as it just bends it

clean fretboard sides

By Jim Barker from Tucson, AZ
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, June 30, 2012

I saw a demonstration of this tool in use and decided to give it a try to avoid seeing the tang on the side of the fretboard. It took some trial and error to get a clean cut every time (no instructions) but once you "get it", it works great. Just fill in the fret slots on the side with shellac stick and file smooth.

Very good nipper.

By Doctor Rokker from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 21, 2012

I don't know if a perfect fret tang nipper exists, but this is at least a very good one.

You're gonna need it.

By Ayers Guitar Co. from Phoenix, AZ
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, June 09, 2012

It can take a little getting used to but once you've got it down, it's an indispensable tool.

Fret Tang Nipper.

By Quentin Howarth from Cumbria, England.
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 08, 2012

These are a huge time saver when fretting a bound board. Certainly a lot more convenient than fannying around with a pair of side cutters, and were almost half the price of the same item purchased in the U.K. Highly recommended.

Yellow Handles

By Russ in Dallas from Dallas, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, June 05, 2012

For some reason, the cool yellow handles were covered up by black heat shrink. I like the yellow! This thing is awesome! Wouldn't do ANY fret job without it!

A Must for Bound Boards

By Little Crow from Atlanta, GA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 01, 2012

Yes, you can probably do the same job with a set of sharp cutters and some files. But if you plan to do more than one fret-install ever, get these. For the price, you can't do it by hand at a lower cost.

Tang Nipper

By Steven K from Columbia, Maryland
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 04, 2012

Works as advertised.What more could you ask?

Excellent Tool

By Miguel H Pe+¦a from Venezuela
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 28, 2012

Great time saver and an accurate tool. It is a tool to have in your shop.

Perfect for the Task

By Geoffrey from Adelaide, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 21, 2012

The fret tang nipper did exactly what it is supposed to do. Great tool!

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