Fretting Hammer

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Hammer with plastic and brass faces

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7/8" Replacement plastic face

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7/8" Replacement brass face

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Fretting Hammer

About This Item

Our well-balanced dual-face hammer has become a standard tool for fretwork.

The aluminum head is threaded for two replaceable striking surfaces: a low-dent plastic flat face with smooth edges, and a brass convex face that's radiused for installing frets. Sturdy hardwood handle.

Head striking surface diameter 7/8" (22.23mm)
Overall length of the head 2-3/4" (69.85mm)
Handle length 9-1/2" (241.30mm)

Works on stainless frets, too!
All of our tools are suitable for use on stainless-steel fretwire, with the exception of our Fret Tang Nippers and Fret Cutters. Modern stainless-steel fretwire is known to be harder than the traditional nickel-silver blends, but our own shop experience indicates the wire does not cause premature wear of files or sandpapers.


Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

How to use a Fret Hammer

A fret hammer was one of the first lutherie tools Erick Coleman ever bought, and it's still an essential in his shop. In this issue of Trade Secrets, he shows how to use it.


Product Instructions

How to hammer frets

Gene Imbody explains the basics of installing frets using a fretting hammer.

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Bang For Your Buck (Euros in my case)!

(Customer's Reviews)

I received a defective hammer (brass head was threaded in at a slight angle), i was happy enough with it as it didn't necessarily affect it's function, so i gave it a 4 out of 5 review, but thanks to StewMacs superb customer service, they read my review and noted this and they immediately shipped me a new hammer. Very happy with the hammer, it's very decent quality, and feels nice in the hand, and also very happy with the quality of customer service, best i'v experienced! A+++


Not just a fretting hammer

(Customer's Reviews)

Its perfect for fretting with the brass end but I use the plastic end all the time for tapping things loose on delicate parts. Its not a framing hammer so don't expect that. Its small, but works great. And you can replace the faces since they screw out. One tip: pull the faces off as soon as you get it and wrap them a time or two with teflon tape then screw them back in. This will keep the faces from rattling loose during use.


The correct one

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Good model; You can replace the main parts.

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