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
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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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Fret tang nipper

By Mark Harper from Lexington KY
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 15, 2012

This is a great time saver. I work with bound fingerboards a lot since I work mostly on banjos. This item is indispensable.

Great    Tools

By niponz from Thailand
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 12, 2012


Time saver

By kilphody from NY
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 23, 2011

Well made tool, but still requires a little detail filing for a smooth underside that will sit flat.

Fret Tang Nipper

By Pat Green from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Really useful for bound fingerboards, works well. Infrequently a slightly rough surface can be formed but I found when this happens it only takes seconds to smooth it out.Quite an ingenious tool.

Great tool

By Nissan Hayun from Israel
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Never had problems with it but it's a little expensive

Well worth the money!

By D. Dungee from Dover, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 25, 2011

I can't believe how much time this tool saves me. Even with the little bit of filing to get the underside perfectly flat, I daresay I've been able to cut my fretting time by 50% or better. I used to grind each fret by hand on a grinder and used a file for touch up.

Jagged Cutter on a New One?

By Isaac B. from Austin, TX 78725
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 04, 2011

We use an older one of these at the shop I work at, Teye Guitars, that has done maybe over 100 fret jobs. Decided to get one for myself. Upon making my first cuts, I noticed it was not making flush cuts and leaving jagged leftover tang on the frets which took a while to file off. I compared this one to the old one we have and noticed that on the new one the edge of the moving cutter does not come down flush to "chasis" cutter.

The gap that remains is causing the partial jagged tang to be leftover. I tested it on the medium 149 and 152 wire both before and after bending with same results.

Must Have

By Middleton Guitars from Southern California
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 31, 2011

If you do a lot of fret-work, this is a real time-saver! Most of the time there is no cleanup after.

Almost perfect

By Caravella Guitars from East Meadow, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ok Five stars because it saves so much time and effort and works pretty much flawlessly. StewMac by far has the best quality tools.

My only beef would be that some are rather pricey. But this is a device that does exactly what is says and does it very well.

So simple - So effective!

By Yoz from New Zealand
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Can't believe how much easier this little tool makes this job! Fast, accurate, easy. Not cheap, but worth the money.

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