Jaws, Jaws tool with Fret Press Inserts

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Fret an entire bolt-on neck, or most of an acoustic neck, FAST!
"My favorite fretting tool." — Dan Erlewine

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Jaws, Jaws tool with Fret Press Inserts

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Installing guitar frets with the Jaws press

Faster, better fretting with Jaws -- the original handheld fret press.

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Fret an entire bolt-on neck, or most of an acoustic neck, FAST!
"My favorite fretting tool." — Dan Erlewine

Our original handheld fret press!
Jaws was developed by our own Dan Erlewine, a master teacher of fretting techniques. It gives you finer control over the pressure needed to seat a fret into the slot — you can actually feel it seating! It eliminates complicated clamping setups, so your press-in fret jobs go faster. Original Jaws utilizes the same 2-1/2" radius brass inserts as our other Jaws tools.

Jaws is a professional fretting tool with a self-leveling upper caul that adjusts easily to any neck. It includes five interchangeable 2-1/2" brass inserts, grooved to fit over the fretwire crown. The inserts match popular fretwire radii: 7-1/4", 9-1/2", 12" and 16", and a special 6"-radius insert holds down the fret ends for gluing. Additional radii are available.

Jaws is a durable steel tool that's easily adjustable. It has a 4-position coarse opening adjustment, plus fine thumbwheel adjustment for clamping pressure. A clamp release lever unlocks the tool. Jaws opens to approximately 2-1/2" (63.50mm) to accommodate any instrument neck.

Why press frets? Pressing the frets can save time and produce more consistent results. That's why it's the method that's widely used in guitar production. Pressed-in frets are less likely to have loose ends and uneven heights, because there's none of the recoil produced by hammer blows.

All Jaws fret presses are designed to work with our grooved brass fret press inserts. The inserts fit over the fretwire and are interchangeable to match popular fretwire radii. More from the Jaws collection:

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Hammering frets over an unsupported acoustic guitar top is risky! Jaws2 has special soundhole cauls and a self-leveling upper caul that take the stress off the guitar top, so you can safely press the frets into place. More...

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Our fret press for the hard-to-clamp area over the neck heel (and it works for entire necks, too!). Because fret seating takes place at the end of this ingenious tool, you can clamp it to the fingerboard and reach those "impossible" frets. More...
Jaws Set JAWS Fret Press Deluxe Set
SAVE with the set of all three Jaws fret presses and be ready for every fretting situation! More...

Product Instructions

Jaws Handheld Fret Press

An overview of and instructions for using the Jaws Handheld Fret Press.

Ratings & Reviews

Jaws, Jaws tool with Fret Press Inserts

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Pince a refretter

By Domblo from France
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 25, 2012

TrFs bel outil d'excellente qualitT et facile d'utilisation. Je le trouvai trop cher! Mais aprFs l'avoir retu je n'ai pas regrettT cet achat! Au contraire je recommande cet outil! En plus Stemac a un service d'expTdition impressionnant de rapiditT et d'efficacitT! Bravo!


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

It's best, love idea this tool


By Doug G from NY
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 08, 2011

Haven't had a chance to use them yet, but look forward to pressing most of the frets instead of hammering.

Jaws Fret Press

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

I've used this now on many guitars and it does exactly what you want.I also find that if you use the fret rocker at the same time you can check the level of the frets as you go and if any need additional pressing then this is easily done, particularly the fret ends. Using this method I find fret leveling is minimal.Generally I lightly hammer in the fret to get it started then gradually press it in using jaws, checking the level as I go with the fret rocker.

Great Tool!!

By Wile E. Coyote from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Why haven't I tried this tool before?!?! Superb!! Barely need to do any leveling afterwards!!

Very handy Tool

By Arno's Workshop from The Netherlands
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, July 21, 2011

This is a great tool to use next to the hammer. I use it as much I can and it's a real improvement!


I love this tool

By Dane Paul from Nashville
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 06, 2011

You get more control over the amount of pressure for more consistent results. I'll only use the hammer when I can't get jaws in there. Great tool to have in your shop.

Perfect fretting

By Peter Barton Guitars from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 26, 2011

This is one of my favorite tools. Cleanly presses in frets without distortion and is the best way to get a perfect fret job


By Yoshihiro Black from Italy
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Very helpfull tool...! Ingenious!

Very fast delivery!!

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