Chip Stoppers, Set of 2

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Fewer chips, cleaner refrets, less work. Tired of gluing back fingerboard chips after pulling up old frets? Our steel Chip Stoppers™ work with our Fret Puller to minimize chip-out.

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Chip Stoppers, Set of 2

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Chip Stoppers

Pull frets without chipping the fingerboard.

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Fewer chips, cleaner refrets, less work. Tired of gluing back fingerboard chips after pulling up old frets? Our steel Chip Stoppers™ work with our Fret Puller to minimize chip-out.

Chip Stoppers are a clever solution from Don MacRostie here at StewMac, and a big hit in our shops.

The problem with refrets is, any pulled fret might yank a piece of fingerboard up with it. Then if you're lucky, you'll manage to glue each chip back in.

Chip Stoppers press down on the fingerboard as the Fret Puller takes frets out. You get fewer chips, and cleaner refrets. Too bad we didn't think of this twenty years ago — imagine the hours we all would have saved!

Here's how they work:
Heat the fret as usual, with a chisel-tip soldering iron to soften glue under the fret.

Now lift the end of the fret, getting under it with the jaws of the Fret Puller. As soon as it starts coming out, slide the Chip Stopper into place; the .033" x 3" slot fits around the fret tang. Now you can walk the Fret Puller down the length of the fret, lifting it out as the Stopper protects the wood underneath.

Most often, you'll use the .020" Chip Stopper. Sometimes the .010" will suit you better, and you can also combine them for a .030" total thickness.

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Chip Stoppers, Set of 2

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Excellent results

By Guitarsurgery from Spain
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It has improved my refret work as I don't get chips to fix now. I tested it removing the frets with and without chip stopper from an 80's Epiphone fingerboard (a slightly dry one). I got some minor chips without chip stopper but no chips when using it. Works great. Of course I have to heat frets just before removing them.

I'm not impressed.

By JR H from Rochester, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 12, 2014

These seemed like a good idea at the time, so I just had to have them. However, I found them to be more of a nuisance and simply slowed down the process without making too much of a difference in preventing chips or not. You actually need three hands if you use these when heating-up frets and holding the fret pullers as well. So, unless I can find a better way to used them with improved results they'll reside in the junk drawer.

Simple, practical.

By Maccaferri from Wisconsin, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Another nice option to have at our disposal. "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world." - Archimedes. This is the fulcrum. And it doesn't leave a mark.

So simple yet so effective

By Bob D&B Woodworking from Mass
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 29, 2014

These simple chip stoppers make such a difference keeping the damage to a bare minimum pulling frets. They are certainly worth much more than their minor cost.

Seems like a good idea

By Pacific North Coast Guitars from Washington USA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, November 25, 2013

Like others seem to have experience, Ive yet to find these useful. Most of the fret jobs I do are removing frets that are very small in exchange for medium or jumbo, or old frets that have been leveled so many times there is not much fret left. So as of yet they won't fit under any of the frets I've tried until I start pulling the fret out, which kind of defeats the purpose. I hope to try these on bigger frets on a wood like ebony, which is brittle, so it chips very easily. Its not that they are a bad tool, it just seems like they are only going to work on very specific applications. I think sliding them under the fret on a maple board once you start pulling could help with the pullers not denting the wood, which happens with too much pressure.

Absolutely amazing

By Martin Fuerstenau from Unterfoehring
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 07, 2013

Rats! Having this tool a few weeks earlier I wouldn't have trouble with fretboard where I had pulled out some chips. Was lot of (unnessecary) work to repair. Great little helper. From Germany

Chip Stoppers

By Leary Guitars from Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 31, 2013

These have come in very handy, i am very pleased i bought them.

simply amazing

By Kelly T from dededo,guam
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Had a 90's ish bass my buddy brought over, was in bad shape and was a little apprehensive on chipping the fret board. Pulled out my new chip stoppers, gritted my teeth and went to work. When I was done, not a single chip (my friend almost fell over). Finished the fret job and got a huge tip for not chipping up his board :D

Good idea but....

By dynaflux from Stockholm, Sweden
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, October 18, 2013

I ordered these straight away when I saw them since it seemed to be a good idea - but it showed to be just in theory. I have used them on some necks but the result isn't much different from not using them. It can't slide in all the way where the fret is about to lift - a fret puller will come closer to the fretboard. However I will evalute it further and I think it will be useful when pulling frets on a laquered maple fret board since it can spread the pressure from the puller which sometimes can leave marks.

Exelente ++++++++++++++

By zudaka from Argentina
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 16, 2013

De 10ssssssssssssssssss +++++

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