Fretting Hammer

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

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Hammer with plastic and brass faces

Item # 4895
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7/8" Replacement plastic face

Item # 4896
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7/8" Replacement brass face

Item # 4897
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Dual-face Fret Hammer

Erick Coleman demos the fretting hammer, and explains what the plastic/brass heads are all about.

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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! Newsletter

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.

Ratings & Reviews

Fretting Hammer

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Not just a fretting hammer

By Pacific North Coast Guitars from Washington USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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

By pablopuerto from Chile
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 12, 2013

Good model; You can replace the main parts.

Simple and effective. 

By XevKai from St.Clair Shores, Michigan
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Perfect weight and design for fretting on most any instrument! A must have for any aspiring Luthier or repair shop.

Loose your other hammers!!

By Larry Threet from Lexington, SC
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 18, 2013

This may just seem like any hammer you may buy some other place. But believe me this is the fret hammer you need. It is just the right size and weight and design. Larry Threet, Luthier, Lexington SC

A comfortable fret hammer

By justinarts from West Texas, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 06, 2013

After having this hammer for several years I received a gift of a fret hammer from another supplier. I tried the new hammer once and came back to this one. It is just the right size for me and I love that StewMac offers replacement faces. The head has gotten loose and needed attention a couple of times but it is still hands down my favorite fret hammer.


By Carlos Giron from Ny
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 21, 2013

For good job on fret board, this version is more better than the new version, because the two sides are replaced.

Perfect size and weight

By Kim from Longmont, CO 
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 26, 2013

Perfect size and weight for my liking. I like the plastic face better than the brass one

Fretting hammer

By Ben oyster from Sydney
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, October 05, 2012

Great handling, pleasure to use. The two way hammer option is a fantastic design. Highly recommend to any one embarking on fret work.

Cute little hammer

By Greg Robinson - Guitar & Amplifier from Melbourne, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Just the right weight and balance for the job.


By bluesplayerx from ca
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 13, 2012

the hammer is just the right size, and works great

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