Chip Stoppers, Set of 2

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Chip Stoppers, Set of 2

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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.

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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nice service

(Customer's Reviews)

Bought two sets of chip stoppers,,but they never shipped them..I called and they found the problem and shipped them out at no charge...nice folks to deal with..and the chip stoppers work great..



(Customer's Reviews)

I used these together, one on top of the other to pull frets from a heavily inlaid fingerboard. These edges are laser cut and have a burr. Be careful to round the edges that contact the fingerboard on the .010" and slide in between the .020" or you will leave long scratches. Once prepared they worked with minimal chipping and minimal damage to the inlay. These are now goto tools.


OK, I suppose!

(Customer's Reviews)

Still got some chipping. When sliding under fret, could not seem to slide past pulling area to cover the area ahead, and when trying to push further they would separate apart. In all fairness, it's probably my technique, (or lack thereof).

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