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Jaws 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

The original handheld fret press
Jaws was invented by our own Dan Erlewine, master teacher of fretting techniques. It gives you the finest control as you press a fret into the slot—you actually feel it seating! You get the precision of an arbor press with the mobility of a hand tool.

NEW! Quick-change neck cauls
You get four padded neck support cauls, to cradle any neck:

  • Standard for guitar and bass
  • Wide for classical guitar
  • Narrow for ukulele, mandolin and banjo
  • Flat for bolt-on neck heels

A quick-release pin lets you swap neck cauls in an instant. The neck cauls slide on a brass bar, for centering the neck under the fret caul or moving off-center to press fret ends.

Self-leveling fret caul
The self-adjusting fret caul holds our 2-1/2" brass inserts, radius-curved and grooved to fit the fret. These are the same inserts used in our Fret Arbor Press and Jaws2.

Our Jaws Fret Press comes with these popular radii: 7-1/4", 9-1/2", 12" and 16", and a special 6" radius insert for gluing fret ends. Additional radii are available.

Lifetime guarantee
We manufacture Jaws here in Ohio, modifying the strongest clamping plier of all: the rugged FACOM/PROTO tool. Jaws is the finest tool available for installing frets, backed by StewMac's 100% Guarantee.

Why press frets?
Pressing the frets saves time and gives consistent results. That's why it's the method that's widely used in guitar production. Pressed-in frets are less likely to be loose or uneven, because there's none of the recoil produced by hammer blows.

Jaws2 Jaws2 for acoustic fretboard extensions
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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Overview and instructions for using the Jaws Fret Press.

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5.0

JAWS rocks!

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I just installed my first frets using JAWS on a flat classical cocobolo fretboard and couldn't be happier. Frets look perfect, fully seated, no hammer marks on frets or board, and took all of about ten minutes from unpacking the tool to start of end nipping and end dressing. I mounted the tool in a vise which left both hands free to hold the board and operate the clamp. I found that I couldn't just press the whole fret at once and be sure it was going in straight, so I began each fret by seating one end then pressing in the whole thing, then spot pressing across the width of the board and finally a last clamp across the whole feet. Takes much less time to do than to describe. The tool is great and the Stewmac service was too.

5.0

Excellent for most of the neck!

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Verified Buyer


I found ever since using this device for fretting the job goes smoother and quicker. Its true you can use a dead blow hammer but you'd have to be mr perfect or else you could miss and damage the fretboard. You could also damage a fretboard with Jaws if you weren't careful but you just have to line up the fret onto the caul parallel and check the adjustment on the back of the tool to make sure you have adequate pressure! Once in use the overall affect of how nicely a pre radiused frets seat down evenly without much fuss is worth it. Its just the upper frets that you have to resort to other fretting methods. Great hardware though!

5.0

Problem Solver

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Verified Buyer


Great tool for clamping and installing frets - particularly in worn fingerboards. Stable, simple and easy to use.

4.0

Superb addition for my shop

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Verified Buyer


Just finished a partial refret on an '86 Martin 12-string using mine for the first time. Very easy and instinctive to use and simply stellar results - so good that I will very, very likely employ press/arbor vs traditional hammering any and every time it is feasible. I deducted one star solely for its price which I find a tad bit restrictive for the hobbyist/enthusiast. This is a great tool.

4.0

Very useful and will last forever

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Verified Buyer


I feel like I could make my own for $30 that would do the same thing, but I'd rather spend that time getting guitars back to players. Still, $230 bucks is steep. It works well but be careful not to gouge the fretboard when positioning or removing it.

4.0

Mostly great if not a bit clumsy to manipulate

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Really works great but for me the clumsy learning curve is always there. I have dented a number of fretboards with two lines from the cauls as the device fell onto the fretboard as I was manipulating it. Also watch the cauls around the square to heel of any neck as the corners will make huge dents. These are things that happened to me and are absolutely my fault, just pointing out some areas to be careful. I have 2 and whilst one fret is curing with cyano I go to another.

4.0

Jaws hand-held fret press

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Verified Buyer


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.

Response from StewMac


Thank you for the feedback! We have recently updated the Jaws design to include removable neck cauls! In addition to the standard guitar neck, we now offer a wider caul for classical necks, a more narrow caul for ukuleles and mandolins, and a flat caul for bolt-on neck heels! We also sell these new cauls separately so you can modify your old Jaws!

4.0

Smart design

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Verified Buyer


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!

5.0

Easier than expected

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Verified Buyer


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.

5.0

A really great tool

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Verified Buyer


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.

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