Jaws Fret Press with 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 Fret Press with 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...

Jaws3 Jaws3
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...
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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 Fret Press with Inserts

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Jaws hand-held fret press

By Swervin55 from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I purchased this tool to do a re-fret where hammering was not going to be a good option for setting the frets. This tool worked well for what I intended. My only feedback is that it would be nice to have a selection of bottom cauls that would accommodate the transition from the neck to the heel and also for the flat portion of a fender neck at the heel where it mounts to the body. In other words, it would make the tool useful through the full length of a removable neck.

Smart design

By Salvador from Tarragona, Spain
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I bought the jaws as all my necks have compound radii. I made a sort of a tool myself but did not work as well as I needed. With the jaws, I work much faster and get better results. Only two but's: tool is a bit too cumbersome to use and unfortunately, I find it expensive, otherwise I'd had 2 or 3 more!

Easier than expected

By R J Adams from Waynesboro, Va
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 08, 2013

I used this on my first re-fret. Didn't have any problems at all and didn't even practice on junk first. This is a must for a set neck guitar.

A really great tool

By Dogwood Guitars from Kansas City, MO
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, December 11, 2012

While I won't hesitate to hammer in frets when I need to, the Jaws press has become my go-to fretting tool. Using it as a clamp when gluing frets doubles its value, and being able to fret a neck while in the neck jig can be so helpful when compression fretting.

Get one! Now! Please! For your own sake!!

By Mario Gabinho C+írdenas Vega from M+¬xico
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, August 24, 2012

These tool is the best tool i could have got for fretting. It is way beyond what i expected.

I wasn't really shure of these purchase.

But trust me when i say this is one of the best purchases i've ever made. Fretting is so easy and safe with Jaws. Like cutting butter. And they are so easy to use.

I'm very happy with my fretting pliers. I hope Jaws II are as great as Jaws. Worth every penny.

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By MED from Delray, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 19, 2012

Finally purchased Jaws after much thought and hammering frets (for years). At first we found it difficult to operate. It takes a learning curve.It's easier as a clamping tool for sure.
However, after the learning curve we're more confident about Jaws where at first we were dicey.
Stewmac's video make it look so simple, but the instructions are clear and suggest trial before actual:Good advice.
In sum, this will be a useful tool.

Buying the license for a perfect fret job

By danharr from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, August 17, 2012

I repeatedly looked at these and scoffed at the price- "for a glorified pair of vice grips", I thought... But I saw the ends of enough frets pop out of the slots as I tried to hammer them in, and decided finally to spend the dough. I IMMEDIATLY started seating frets perfectly. I now justify the cost like this: I bought the tool for $40, and the "perfect fret job" license for $200, and it was worth it!
Now if only it did the upper frets as easily as the lower ones...

Must have tool especially for rookie fretters

By Travis Bickle from Melbourne, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 28, 2012

For the price of an expert fret job for one guitar, this tool enables you to do your own work with the fastest and most correct results a beginner can expect. If you have a 'guitar family', now you can install frets quickly and efficiently. After 3-4 tries on 'test necks', your whole technique evolves with practice, and I now am confident that I can handle most any fret job, for a six string, anyway.

Good Jaws

By okokguitar from Songkhla Thailand
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 19, 2012

A well-designed. Strong. Saves time. I like this tool a lot.


By Dr. Rox from Moncton, NB, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I had been fretting with a hammer and this changed everything. Every fret job since has been flawless and faster than before. A real must for any busy shop.

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