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Chip Stoppers, Set of 2

Chip Stoppers, Set of 2

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Fret Puller with Chip Stoppers Set

Fret Puller with Chip Stoppers Set

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Chip Stoppers, Set of 2

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Fewer chips, cleaner refrets, less work. Tired of gluing back fingerboard chips after pulling up old frets? Our steel Chip Stoppers™ work with our Fret Puller to minimize chip-out.

Chip Stoppers are a clever solution from Don MacRostie here at StewMac, and a big hit in our shops.

The problem with refrets is, any pulled fret might yank a piece of fingerboard up with it. Then if you're lucky, you'll manage to glue each chip back in.

Chip Stoppers press down on the fingerboard as the Fret Puller takes frets out. You get fewer chips, and cleaner refrets. Too bad we didn't think of this twenty years ago — imagine the hours we all would have saved!

Here's how they work:
Heat the fret as usual, with a chisel-tip soldering iron to soften glue under the fret.

Now lift the end of the fret, getting under it with the jaws of the Fret Puller. As soon as it starts coming out, slide the Chip Stopper into place; the .033" x 3" slot fits around the fret tang. Now you can walk the Fret Puller down the length of the fret, lifting it out as the Stopper protects the wood underneath.

Most often, you'll use the .020" Chip Stopper. Sometimes the .010" will suit you better, and you can also combine them for a .030" total thickness.


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5.0

Great for all types of fret work

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Worked great

5.0

Chip stoppers

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Verified Buyer


I bought these for an old parlor guitar I have that I re-built a few years back. It was needing to be re-fretted. I bought these chip stoppers, and they do work well. I think I had one small little place that wanted to chip but only fractured slightly, but I think I know what happened on that. That would be me, being the culprit and not paying attention. However, I only used the thinnest one for my job. Also, it seems to me that these not only help with chipping but also with denting from prying tough frets with the puller pliers. Anyway, it is a good product.

5.0

Great idea,

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they work fine, thanks

5.0

These chip stoppers really work

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Every now and then a item comes along, that works just great. That's what these chip stopper do, they do a perfect job of saving your fretboard, I removed all my old frets and only had one chip. And that one sanded out, now why did I wait so long to buy these. So simple and easy to use, and very affordable. If you do any regretting, you know how much time it takes to repair a chipped fretboard. Well here's the answer, to a lot of your problems.

5.0

Great tool

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I had never pulled frets before and I was able to do it easily, great system!

5.0

Chip Stoppers

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Verified Buyer


These are a great match with my new fret pullers. Gonna do a fret job on a 1961 Gibson ESS355 and I certainly want these to protect the fret-board, your the best StewMac!!

5.0

Fret puller and chip protector

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Verified Buyer


The tools worked exceedingly well.

5.0

Not a single chip

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Verified Buyer


Works very well.

5.0

Fret puller w/ chip stoppers

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Haven't used tools yet but did check to see how it will work on fret board. Looks to me to be a great tool when needed. I'm glad I purchased them and thank you Stewart-MacDonald for all the innovations in making repairs to guitars so much easier.

3.0

Defret w/ Chip Stoppers

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Tried these on a normally brittle wenge board. It did help reduce chipout if you can get the blade further ahead of where the fret pullers are biting. The .010 blade can slide ahead further but tends to splay apart if pushed too hard, and the .020 is stiffer but tends to get hung up on chips sooner. A little reshaping the leading edge helps. The .010 with some redesign for stiffening could be quite useful.

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