Jaws Fret Press and Inserts

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Jaws Fret Press and Inserts

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Jaws Fret Press and Inserts

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Fret an entire bolt-on neck, or most of an acoustic neck, FAST!
"My favorite fretting tool." — Dan Erlewine

Our original handheld fret press!
Jaws was developed by our own Dan Erlewine, a master teacher of fretting techniques. It gives you finer control over the pressure needed to seat a fret into the slot — you can actually feel it seating! It eliminates complicated clamping setups, so your press-in fret jobs go faster. Original Jaws utilizes the same 2-1/2" radius brass inserts as our other Jaws tools.

Jaws 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.

Jaws is a durable steel tool that's easily adjustable. It has a 4-position coarse opening adjustment, plus fine thumbwheel adjustment for clamping pressure. A clamp release lever unlocks the tool. Jaws opens to approximately 2-1/2" (63.50mm) to accommodate any instrument neck.

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. More from the Jaws collection:

Jaws2 Jaws2
Hammering frets over an unsupported acoustic guitar top is risky! Jaws2 has 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. More...



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Jaws Handheld Fret Press

An overview of and instructions for using the Jaws Handheld Fret Press.

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Jaws hand-held fret press

(Customer's Reviews)

I purchased this tool to do a re-fret where hammering was not going to be a good option for setting the frets. This tool worked well for what I intended. My only feedback is that it would be nice to have a selection of bottom cauls that would accommodate the transition from the neck to the heel and also for the flat portion of a fender neck at the heel where it mounts to the body. In other words, it would make the tool useful through the full length of a removable neck.


Smart design

(Customer's Reviews)

I bought the jaws as all my necks have compound radii. I made a sort of a tool myself but did not work as well as I needed. With the jaws, I work much faster and get better results. Only two but's: tool is a bit too cumbersome to use and unfortunately, I find it expensive, otherwise I'd had 2 or 3 more!


Easier than expected

(Customer's Reviews)

I used this on my first re-fret. Didn't have any problems at all and didn't even practice on junk first. This is a must for a set neck guitar.

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