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Chip Stoppers, Set of 2

Chip Stoppers, Set of 2

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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

Always a pleasure

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Always enjoy their catalog and have never been disappointed. As a customer from years back, I can say they have only gotten better at providing the hard to find tools & supplies to get most any job done!

5.0

Chip Stoppers

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This tool works as described and very worth while to have around my shop. I would recommend them!

Paul Willett
True Fret Guitar, LLC
Milton, WI

5.0

Very helpful

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Well made and really helpful, it prevents most of the usual chipping and even if it happens, it keeps the chipped part in place so it's easier to glue it back in. I prefer the thicker version for flatter boards, the thin one is more elastic and works better for vintage-radiused boards.

5.0

These things work

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After pulling one fret out of an ebony fingerboard and getting numerous chips, I ordered the chip stoppers and fret puller from Stew Mac. They made a world of difference.

5.0

Works great!

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Great time saver. A lot less chips to fill; if any.

4.0

Stops most chips

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Although it doesn't stop all the chips, it is a great improvement over not using anything. There is no way to stop all chips but this improves the chance of success. I would recommend for anyone doing fret work.

5.0

Very handy tool.

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These work well. Used properly they prevent chipping while removing old frets. I was impressed.

5.0

This is one of the greatest little tools

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This is one of the greatest little tools I bought the last time. Works as described. And (opposite to what Larry from Atlanta wrote) it works with bindings very well. Great. No more chips.

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.

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