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StewMac Fingerboard Guards For Guitar, Set of 6

For Guitar, Set of 6

Item # 3744
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$12.45

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StewMac Fingerboard Guards For Bass, Set of 4

For Bass, Set of 4

Item # 3745
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$14.65

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StewMac Fingerboard Guards

About This Item

Better than your basic guards! Our improved design fits all fretwire sizes, anywhere on the neck. Protect your fretboard when filing or polishing a fret.

New slot sizes: set of 6 for guitar now includes 2 guards each to fit narrow, medium and wide frets. Set of 4 for bass includes 2 guards each for medium and wide frets. The extra length fits 5 and 6-string bass guitars.

New slim profile: guards now fit between ALL the frets on guitars, banjos, and basses—even the high frets. Fits most mandolins and ukulele spaces, too.

New notches: a nice touch for holding the guard in place with a rubber band, freeing both your hands for the job. Tip of the hat to Steve Olson of Elderly Instruments for this idea!

Clean professional fret work!
Each of these handy guards fits over a fret for safe filing and polishing, to help keep your fretboard clean and unscratched. They're made of flexible 0.010" stainless steel for durability and long life.

Dimensions for guitar:
Overall size: 3-1/8" x 5/8" (79.38mm x 15.88mm)
Slot length: 2.625" (66.68mm)
Slot widths: 0.070", 0.097" and 0.125" (1.78mm, 2.46mm and 3.18mm)

Dimensions for bass:
Overall size: 3-1/2" x 7/8" (88.90mm x 22.23mm)
Medium slot: 0.097" x 3.095" long (2.46mm x 78.61mm)
Wide slot: 0.125" x 3.120" long (3.18mm x 79.25mm)


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5.0

Great Fretboard Saver

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These devices are far better than masking tape and make it very easy to clean up frets

5.0

Time saving gear .

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For a quick block off of surrounding fretboard material these little doodads make fret cleanup / restoration quick and easy . Whether you actually strap them down or just hold in place for fast a polish . Very nice indeed .

4.0

Not quite what I was expecting.

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They work pretty well. The fit to the fret is good. They're stiffer than I expected. The notched end is sharp enough that it cut through one of the supplied rubber bands when I tried to attach it, so I never could use a rubber band and had to hold the guard in place with my fingers the whole time. When I get more time I'll radius and polish the edges and they should work like I expected.

2.0

The guards fit well and protected the fingerboard but need a better system

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The guards fit well and protected the fingerboard but need a better system than rubber bands to secure them it's easy to tweak a rubber band and have it break. They need a clip or something to secure them and then they'll be amazing

2.0

Very stiff, rubber band broke first time I used it

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I have 2 of this style fingerboard guard from eBay and it is a bit annoying to hold it with one hand when polishing frets so I figured the StewMac Guards might save time and be more practical so I ordered a set (not quite sure why it comes with 6 as only 1 is needed).

These are very stiff and don't easily conform to the contours of the fretboard and may leave a small gap towards the edges of the fretboard where a rotary tool might get caught under. Unless you bend the guard into a specific radius they won't sit down on the fretboard precisely. I guess that's maybe why they ship 6, for different radius boards?

It's not a huge deal about the rubber band breaking but it sort of defeats the purpose if they break every time they are used.

5.0

Best Shop Tools

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Verified Buyer


Easy to use and excellent protection for fret board!

5.0

Really makes the job go much faster and safer

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Verified Buyer


I was using tape and being careful, but these really make the job faster and safer. Great idea.

1.0

Useless

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Verified Buyer


Well, I should have believed all the people who pointed out the flaws in this item. I was hoping it would work. Flimsy, didn't really fit the Tele frets, broke two rubberbands on the first two frets. No thanks.

2.0

Rubber bans chafe

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Verified Buyer


Great idea, but rubber bands chafed after just one polish job due to the sharp edges of the guards. They will break after a couple jobs. Could have gone the extra mile by providing ponytail holders that won't chafe. Might have cost a few cents more but would have improved the product durability.

3.0

does the job

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Verified Buyer


works as expected. once you have the band on, they are tricky to side a fret without the band popping off. ended up not using the band

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