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Jaws2 Fret Press

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Jaws2 Fret Press

Jaws2 Fret Press

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List Price $140.86
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Jaws2 Fret Press without Fret Press Inserts

Jaws2 Fret Press without Fret Press Inserts

Item # 4267
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$117.51


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Jaws2 Fret Press

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Hammering frets over an unsupported acoustic guitar top is risky! Safely press the frets in with Jaws2.

Jaws2 features special soundhole cauls and a self-leveling upper caul that take the stress off the guitar top, so you can safely press the frets into place. Jaws2 is a great idea that was conceived by luthier Bryan Galloup and refined by master fretman Dan Erlewine. Jaws2 utilizes the same 2-1/2" radius brass inserts as our other Jaws tools.

Jaws2 is a professional fretting tool with a self-leveling upper caul that adjusts easily to any neck. It includes five interchangeable 2-1/2" brass inserts, grooved to fit over the fretwire crown. The inserts match popular fretwire radii: 7-1/4", 9-1/2", 12" and 16", and a special 6"-radius insert holds down the fret ends for gluing. Additional radii are available.

Three wooden lower cauls are included: a contoured soundhole caul to span the braces inside a Martin-style guitar, a flat caul you can custom shape to fit over other bracings, and a felt-lined radiused caul to protect the back of the neck. Each caul features an ingenious internal magnet that holds it on the clamp jaw, allowing fumble-free setup.

The customized bar clamps feature four set screws to give you control over the pressure and balance of the clamp as you work.

Why press frets? Pressing the frets can save time and produce more consistent results. That's why it's the method that's widely used in guitar production. Pressed-in frets are less likely to have loose ends and uneven heights, because there's none of the recoil produced by hammer blows.

All Jaws fret presses are designed to work with our grooved brass Fret Press Inserts. The inserts fit over the fretwire and are interchangeable to match popular fretwire radii.


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5.0

Jaws2 Fret Press

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Verified Buyer


Received press, excellent tool, works very well, eliminates hammering in frets, wish I had purchased earlier.

5.0

Work as described

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Verified Buyer


The 3 included cauls fit most everything I need. I bought these to press frets in over a delicate vintage guitar's fingerboard extension. I've since used them to clamp frets in while gluing over the entire neck.

5.0

Terrific!

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Verified Buyer


I bought this press recently and tried it once for pressing in a few frets on the heel of a guitar. Only thing is that the screw to hold the radius insert was missing. Also the caul was a bit dodgy, I had to fiddle around to make it work.
However, I contacted StewMacs customer service to see if they could help me with the faulty parts. Mackenzie made an effort and now a new caul plus the missing screw is in the mail. Wonderful customer service!!!! Thanks StewMac!

5.0

Great tool. 

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Verified Buyer


Works great...especially from the 12th fret to the sound hole. I think I am done hammering-in frets. I have always wanted to attach the neck and then level sand the fretboard and then attach frets but did not see a good way to do that by hammering-in frets. This is a great solution. Thanks much!

1.0

Not the best quality...

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Verified Buyer


Usually everything I get at Stew Mac is of good quality. Not so with this Jaws 2 fret press, cheap foreign manufacture shows and the threading is so poorly done that it is almost impossible to use, for the price it could be much better manufactured with proper cut threads, not cast on the clamp and, still leave plenty of profit.

Matt P.

Response from StewMac


Thanks for the feedback Matt. We are very sorry to hear that you are unhappy with this tool. I have sent you an email regarding a replacement or a refund as we believe the one you received may be defective. Give us a call if you have any questions! 800-848-2273

Spencer, Customer Support

5.0

Fretting is much easier now

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Verified Buyer


For those of us who are obsessive about our fretwork, this is a great tool to have. I glue my frets in and this allows me to ensure even pressure on the whole fret while the glue cures. You have to get a little creative around the body joint of guitars, but this baby is worth it's weight in gold.

5.0

Fast and accurate fretting made easy.

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Verified Buyer


fast and easy to use. Applies just the right amount of force to insert the fret w/o causing damage to the neck or fret board. Love it..

5.0

Great tool to have

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Verified Buyer


This style of fret installation is a great design, you can install frets in a new slot oh so easy and if you need to use adhesive is when this tool shines. you are able to hold the fret while the glue dries. Great tool.
thanks StewMac,
Mike

5.0

Great product

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I have been using a dead blow hammer for 13 years and used this for the first time today. It is excellent-
My frets are seating perfectly and going in very easily. Also, I now don't have to wear ear protection like i used to have to do with a hammer.

My number one recommendation for this tool is that it minimises the possibility of fret end finish blowout, which can set you back 1 month along.

Like all tools that are specific to one job, the price is high for what it is (not quiet eye brow raising though). However for a professional luthier or repairer, the price is fine.

4.0

Invaluable!

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Verified Buyer


Although it mostly works for the last 3 or 4 frets of an acoustic guitar, there is no easy way to install them without this! And with the interchangeable cauls it can be adapted to many other unique situations! Great!!!

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