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Fret Tang Nipper

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Fret Tang Nipper For Narrow Fretwire

For Narrow Fretwire

Item # 1604
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$64.93

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Fret Tang Nipper For Medium Fretwire

For Medium Fretwire

Item # 1626
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$64.93

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Fret Tang Nipper For Wide Fretwire

For Wide Fretwire

Item # 1649
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Fret Tang Nipper

About This Item

Undercuts fretwire, fast and easy.
Fret Tang Nipper speeds fret jobs on bound necks, and helps save the lacquer finish at the edges of unbound fretboards.

Bill Collings (of Collings Guitars) inspired this clever tool for undercutting fretwire to fit over neck bindings. Insert the fretwire to the desired depth in the guide notch, squeeze the handle, and the wire is quickly and cleanly undercut—no bending or crimping.

For unbound fingerboards, too: try nipping the fret tang to length before installing the fret. Now you'll only need to cut and file the overhanging crown, and the fret will be less likely to twist and unseat.

    A repair shop favorite!
  • Hardened-steel cuts clean and stays sharp
  • Rubber coated handles for a comfortable, non-slip grip
  • Tool is 5.5" long (140mm)

#1604 for narrow fretwire, 0.053" to 0.080" (1.35mm to 2.03mm) wide.
Narrow fretwire is typically used on banjos and mandolins.

#1626 for medium fretwire, 0.075" to 0.095" (1.90mm to 2.41mm) wide.
Medium is the most popular size of guitar fretwire.

#1649 for wide fretwire, 0.100" to 0.120" (2.54mm to 3.05mm) wide.
Wide is found on many modern electric guitars and basses.

Fret Tang Nipper is one of the few StewMac tools that is not recommended for stainless steel frets.


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Trade Secrets!

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5.0

Fret tang nipper, YEAH!

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I LOVE this tool. As an artisan's prerogative, every fretboard I make is bound and purfled--I just like that look, and so do my clients. I've been using the fret tang nipper tool for over a decade, and can't imagine life without it. I can under-cut the tang to the precise width for each fret slot, and 99% of the time, no further filing or dressing is needed. Over the years, I can't imagine how much time this tool has saved me. It's so quick, precise and easy.

5.0

Great tool

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Excellent tool, you got a nice fretboards, cut clean and fast fretwire...

4.0

Time saver

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Nice and sturdy tool, shame it cant do all sizes of wire but if you do alot of re-frets, then this will save you so much time, clean cutting and simple to use.

5.0

Great tool!

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Yes, you can buy similar tools on the Internet, but by the time it ships (more expensive and longer) and the gambling on whether you will be able to slot it properly for the fret, it makes more sense to simply order it from StewMac. The tool will not disappoint you and makes a nice, clean cut. All this coming from a guy who enjoys more to build jigs and tools than instruments. If you need it, don't think twice - simply buy it.

4.0

Nice tool. Very useful

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Used this on some narrow and medium fretwire for an F-5 mandolin. It worked great even on the narrow wire( you have to be very careful and take your time to keep from bending it). I purchased the nipper for medium but it works for my wire sizes. A good tool, would like the price to be more reasonable.

5.0

Expensive...but impressive

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Was reluctant to buy due to expense but works like a dream, made my first bound fret job so easy and so quick. once you get the hang of it the cut is very clean

5.0

Easier than using a file

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Yes you can use a file to take off the tang under a fret end. However this tool makes it much easier. Essential for bound fret-boards but also allows fret ends to be filled with stick shellac on unbound fret-boards to give a seamless finish.

5.0

Gotta have it for bound fingerboards

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These nippers cut clean but some clean up filing still needs to be manually done. This is normal. A must have for bound fingerboards. Note- these do not work on thin (0.50"ish), mandolin or uke fret wire as it just bends it

5.0

clean fretboard sides

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I saw a demonstration of this tool in use and decided to give it a try to avoid seeing the tang on the side of the fretboard. It took some trial and error to get a clean cut every time (no instructions) but once you "get it", it works great. Just fill in the fret slots on the side with shellac stick and file smooth.

4.0

Very good nipper.

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I don't know if a perfect fret tang nipper exists, but this is at least a very good one.

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