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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

Super useful.

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A very clean and remove old practice frets way, save work without splintering wood.

5.0

Must have

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New to repair; eliminating possible mistake.

5.0

Lovely Tools

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If like me you love working with nice tools but seldom afford to buy what you want StewMac tools are worth waiting for. The videos on here make understanding techniqes for using these tools so much easier than I had feared. The chip stippers for frets also work to proteck when removing a nut or protecting a surface when starting some of the smaller screws we use on instruments. This has already saved me several repairs to finishes. As when I slipped off of the screw I hit the chip stopper and not the laquer finish!

1.0

Did not work for me on bound neck.

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These chip stoppers did not help in my situation. The neck was bound and I guess these must be used on a neck without binding. Even flexing them did not help. This should be noted on the Stew Mac description.

5.0

Tres pratique

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Petit accessoire très pratique pour ne pas abimer la touche au moment du défrettage

5.0

nice service

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Bought two sets of chip stoppers,,but they never shipped them..I called and they found the problem and shipped them out at no charge...nice folks to deal with..and the chip stoppers work great..

3.0

REQUIRES SOME EDGE POLISHING BEFORE USE

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I used these together, one on top of the other to pull frets from a heavily inlaid fingerboard. These edges are laser cut and have a burr. Be careful to round the edges that contact the fingerboard on the .010" and slide in between the .020" or you will leave long scratches. Once prepared they worked with minimal chipping and minimal damage to the inlay. These are now goto tools.

3.0

OK, I suppose!

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Still got some chipping. When sliding under fret, could not seem to slide past pulling area to cover the area ahead, and when trying to push further they would separate apart. In all fairness, it's probably my technique, (or lack thereof).

5.0

Excellent results

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It has improved my refret work as I don't get chips to fix now. I tested it removing the frets with and without chip stopper from an 80's Epiphone fingerboard (a slightly dry one). I got some minor chips without chip stopper but no chips when using it. Works great. Of course I have to heat frets just before removing them.

1.0

I'm not impressed.

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These seemed like a good idea at the time, so I just had to have them. However, I found them to be more of a nuisance and simply slowed down the process without making too much of a difference in preventing chips or not. You actually need three hands if you use these when heating-up frets and holding the fret pullers as well. So, unless I can find a better way to used them with improved results they'll reside in the junk drawer.

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