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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

Fret puller and chip protector

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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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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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.

4.0

I love the Chip Stoppers....

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Verified Buyer


The Chip Stoppers are great but the pliers look like they came from a retail electronics hobby store.

4.0

Chip Stoppers

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Verified Buyer


They are a great asset though there was some chipping when I pulled the frets. Not to bad but some. HP

5.0

Always a pleasure

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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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.

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 14 See Chip Stoppers, Set of 2
on page 14 of our StewMac Digital Catalog