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:
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...