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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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4.0

Great tool

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Never had problems with it but it's a little expensive

5.0

Well worth the money!

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I can't believe how much time this tool saves me. Even with the little bit of filing to get the underside perfectly flat, I daresay I've been able to cut my fretting time by 50% or better. I used to grind each fret by hand on a grinder and used a file for touch up.

2.0

Jagged Cutter on a New One?

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We use an older one of these at the shop I work at, Teye Guitars, that has done maybe over 100 fret jobs. Decided to get one for myself. Upon making my first cuts, I noticed it was not making flush cuts and leaving jagged leftover tang on the frets which took a while to file off. I compared this one to the old one we have and noticed that on the new one the edge of the moving cutter does not come down flush to "chasis" cutter.



The gap that remains is causing the partial jagged tang to be leftover. I tested it on the medium 149 and 152 wire both before and after bending with same results.

5.0

Must Have

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If you do a lot of fret-work, this is a real time-saver! Most of the time there is no cleanup after.

5.0

Almost perfect

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Ok Five stars because it saves so much time and effort and works pretty much flawlessly. StewMac by far has the best quality tools.

My only beef would be that some are rather pricey. But this is a device that does exactly what is says and does it very well.

5.0

So simple - So effective!

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Can't believe how much easier this little tool makes this job! Fast, accurate, easy. Not cheap, but worth the money.

5.0

Fret Tang Nipper

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This is a great little tool, reducing fretting time to about 20% of what it took filing each fret end before. It cuts accurately, and I can place and fit each fret in seconds.

4.0

Fret Tang Nipper

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Very nice piece of equipment; minor filing and you are ready to go....4 1/2 stars!

5.0

Fret tang nipper cuts the work down to size!

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This is a great tool. I used it to re-fret an unbound neck, and I was able to use this tool to cut the tangs and fit the frets so they did not extend past the fretboard. Also, using this tool made it easier to cut the individual frets from the fret wire. It's well worth the price!

4.0

Tang Nipper

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Works great, could be cheaper though in my opinion.

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