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StewMac Fret Cutter

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StewMac Fret Cutter

About This Item

Spend less time filing fret ends!
This is the best tool for trimming the ends off fretwire.

A Stewart-MacDonald exclusive, our custom-made steel cutter has improved features you won't find on hardware store nippers.

The jaws are specially hardened for fret work, and they're profiled and flush-ground to cut the wire close to the fretboard. The result is a cleaner cut without pulling the wire, so you'll need less filing. Longer rubber-coated handles allow better access to the frets over a guitar body.

1" (25.4mm) jaw width, 8" (203.20mm) length.

Essential for Fretting
This item is 1 of the 7 tools included in our Essential Fretting Tool Set, a compilation of tools you'll need for the fundamentals of fret work. The set also includes our book, Fret Work Step-By-Step by Erick Coleman with Dan Erlewine.

Works on stainless frets, too!
All of our tools are suitable for use on stainless-steel fretwire, with the exception of our Fret Tang Nippers. Modern stainless-steel fretwire is known to be harder than the traditional nickel-silver blends, but our own shop experience indicates the wire does not cause premature wear of files or sandpapers.


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4.0

Well designed, but not for stainless steel frets

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The fine folks at Stewmac sent me these fret cutters for no charge, and unasked?? After my original pair failed while making a set of stainless steel frets for a bound fingerboard. Undercutting the tangs were too much for the cutters. If you don't use S.S. frets , they will last for years and do an excellent job. I would have rated them 5 stars except fot that. Stewmac customer service is 5stars plus. Thanks guys. Russ Parker, Peterborough Ontario.

5.0

Corta muy bien

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Verified Buyer


Gracias stewmac por darme la posibilidad de tener esta herramienta perfecta.

5.0

A great improvement over my previous cutter.

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Verified Buyer


These cutters work great. Sharper than my old ones, and well ground for close cutting. saves a lot of time filing fret ends. I love them.

3.0

Redesigned - no longer Flush Ground

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Verified Buyer


I bought this to replace a 20 year old flush cutter from another supplier.

Unfortunately this tool has recently been redesigned and can no longer be called a true flush cutter. The jaws are not ground flush as shown in the catalog, photo, and How To Video . There is a 1/32" gap which leaves much more tang to file after trimming the frets. (See photo the Stew-Mac tool is on the right)

When I first received it I thought it was not ground properly and requested a replacement. Customer service told me it was re-designed to make the tool more durable for stainless steel frets. I decided to try it on a stainless refret. Since the jaws are so large you're forced to cut at odd angles to get to the last frets on a guitar. This caused the tool to fracture on the first use. The jaws are just under 1 5/16" wide not 1" as listed .

Customer service was great about replacing the cracked tool no charge. They need to update the marketing materials to match the product.

5.0

Couldn't do a fret job without them

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Verified Buyer


This is the second set I've purchased and it's just as good as the first set
HP

5.0

Haciendo su trabajo con gran presición y dureza

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Verified Buyer


Tiene un gran rendimiento en su trabajo y además preciso.

5.0

Cuts like butter.

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Verified Buyer


I'm building a few instruments right now and all require fretting. This is a sharp and clean cutting tool to have on the bench. Lots of leverage and close cuts. I like. Pricey? Yes, but aren't all good things?

5.0

Great Tool

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Verified Buyer


Exactly as represented

5.0

Tougher than nails, actually.

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Verified Buyer


A reliable tool for your workbench, with proper use it should last a lifetime.

5.0

stew-mac fret cutter

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Verified Buyer


As a builder I fret a lot of instruments and this cutter is the best I have used. Very little pressure is needed even on jumbo frets. At 80 years old this is important. This tool is a must have if you do much fretting.

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