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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Works Wonders

By Swerve85 from Chicago
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I'm finally able to fix my guitars! Thanks so much for making this website simple and the tools ample.

Great size

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

Perfect size and weight for fret jobs.

fret hammer of the gods

By tony clarke from arkansas
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, February 27, 2012

does a good job of seating frets
replaceable brass & plastic heads

100% hammer

By jiROck Custom from Philippines
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 11, 2012

nice. kung kasabot mo sa akong gi type! sure ko malingaw mo ug basa. "chada" kayo ni na martelyo para sa fret job!

MAAyo ang Dios!

fretting hammer 

By will lee from savannah, ga
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, January 31, 2012

great hammer for the money!!! nice that it has replacable faces!!! use it on the regular now.

fretting hammer!

By Steve R from Spring,Tx
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 10, 2011

Perfect for a special ukelele build I just completed!


Great to have on hand

By Nolan Peach from Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 26, 2011

At first I thought these were really over-priced but now that I've owned mine for around a year I've gotta' say, its worth it! its great to have both a plastic and metal head in one. They last, do a great job, and have a lot of uses other than fretting. Definitely a good buy!

Versatile tool

By Bob from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I've used this hammer for everything BUT fretwork! I use it mostly for pickup making, but I've used it around the house for all sorts of tasks that need a gentler hammer. I like that the heads are replaceable.

the hammer

By Gilton ss from Brazil
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Perfect for the type of work, slight and comfortable!!

Fantastic Hammer!!!!!!!

By Flavio Petruy from Brazil
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fantastic!!! It¦s very comfortable. "OBRIGADO" guys!!!!!

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