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FretBender

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FretBender

About This Item

New quick-adjust wheel! The world's most popular fret bender, now with a new brass thumbwheel to control the radius. Simpler and faster than ever!

A great idea: Crank a length of fretwire through the FretBender, and it comes out curved and ready to install in a radiused fretboard. Get a perfect bend on enough wire for a whole guitar in just seconds.

Perfectly radiused fretwire, guaranteed
Insert the wire, turn the crank, and out it comes with a constant curvature that you'd never get by bending with pliers. Precisely radiused fretwire makes your fretwork fast, accurate, and professional. StewMac's FretBender is a valuable addition to your busy shop, we guarantee it.

New thumbwheel: the brass adjuster on top is an easy, controllable way to dial in your radius. A great addition to a product that's proven its worth since the 80s when repairman Randy Stockwell's idea inspired this tool!

The FretBender uses precision ball-bearing rollers. The heavy-duty aluminum column can be clamped in a vise, or use the pre-drilled bolt holes to mount it to your workbench.

"Bending every fret by hand takes me about 15 minutes, and I get uneven results. This tool does the job perfectly in less than a minute."
— Dan Erlewine

How it works
Your choice of fretwire will determine where to set the thumbwheel—every wire is different. Run a 6-inch test piece through the FretBender and compare it to your fretboard. Turn the wheel counterclockwise to lower the guide wheel for a tighter radius. When you have the curve you want, lock it in with the knob on top.

Start your test with flat wire, then increase as needed; you can't unbend fretwire that's too tightly curved.


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5.0

You need one of these!

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Quick and easy to use. I was a little concerned that the ends of the wire would not be consistent with the rest, not an issue! Smooth and consistent bend from end to end.

5.0

Worth it

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Fret ends stay down with little or NO glue. Smooth even radius. A must have for me.

5.0

Indispensable

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This tool has one function but it does its job flawlessly. I went with out one of these for years and I have no idea how. My fretwork has improved significantly. It goes to show that the right tool for the job is indispensable.

5.0

Cool tool!

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A must-have for every professional guitar repair shop. Bender is precisely machined and does a perfect job. An optional 90degree-mounting bracket would be a nice add-on, so one could mount the bender to the top of the workbench, too.

5.0

The improved design really makes it special!

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The previous-design Fret Bender (which you adjusted using hex keys) was nice but it was the standard design in circulation, available from every purveyor of luthiery supplies. This modified fret-bender, with the dial-adjustable radius, is incredibly clever and useful. It's a touch that turns an otherwise primitive tool into something simple, yet refined, and makes it much more user-friendly than the previous incarnation. Everything about this tool is superior to the competition. Even the plastic handle feels solid as a rock (and is threaded with brass inserts, a nice touch indeed!)

Bravo, Stew Mac, for your take on this item!

5.0

a little expensive.

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but it gets the job done and it looks great

5.0

none better

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You can find cheaper ones, but always remember you get what you pay for. Have not seen one to top this bender yet.

5.0

FretBender

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An essential tool for fret jobs. Very well made, easy to use and very durable. A little expensive but worth buying.

5.0

Greate tool

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I used this tool on my first guitar that i make, and it was great. All the parts are ordered from Stewmac. The guitar was finished 12.01.2014. It's nice to play, but there are things that i can do better on my next guitar. Sorry about my English.

5.0

Fantastic tool!

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Just perfect - period
Why have I been bending by hand frets for the past 17 years when it can be done in seconds and dead accurate? What a time saver!

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