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StewMac Fingerboard Guards For Guitar, Set of 6

For Guitar, Set of 6

Item # 3744
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$11.86

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StewMac Fingerboard Guards For Bass, Set of 4

For Bass, Set of 4

Item # 3745
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StewMac Fingerboard Guards

About This Item

Better than your basic guards! Our improved design fits all fretwire sizes, anywhere on the neck. Protect your fretboard when filing or polishing a fret.

New slot sizes: set of 6 for guitar now includes 2 guards each to fit narrow, medium and wide frets. Set of 4 for bass includes 2 guards each for medium and wide frets. The extra length fits 5 and 6-string bass guitars.

New slim profile: guards now fit between ALL the frets on guitars, banjos, and basses—even the high frets. Fits most mandolins and ukulele spaces, too.

New notches: a nice touch for holding the guard in place with a rubber band, freeing both your hands for the job. Tip of the hat to Steve Olson of Elderly Instruments for this idea!

Clean professional fret work!
Each of these handy guards fits over a fret for safe filing and polishing, to help keep your fretboard clean and unscratched. They're made of flexible 0.010" stainless steel for durability and long life.

Dimensions for guitar:
Overall size: 3-1/8" x 5/8" (79.38mm x 15.88mm)
Slot length: 2.625" (66.68mm)
Slot widths: 0.070", 0.097" and 0.125" (1.78mm, 2.46mm and 3.18mm)

Dimensions for bass:
Overall size: 3-1/2" x 7/8" (88.90mm x 22.23mm)
Medium slot: 0.097" x 3.095" long (2.46mm x 78.61mm)
Wide slot: 0.125" x 3.120" long (3.18mm x 79.25mm)


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1.0

Disappointing downgrade, not an improvement.

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My last remaining "old style" fret protector just cracked so I broke out my stock of new, skinny protectors that had been waiting in my bench. The rubber band is completely unnecessary, polishing frets doesn't take two hands. However, holding these with your fingers can be painful, as the rubber band holding divots are sharp at the edges. These guards are so much skinnier than the old ones that you have to use a tiny, pea-sized piece of steel wool if you don't want to scratch the fretboard while polishing. Why can't Stew Mac offer the old style that worked just fine, as well as these new ones for whoever out there likes them? I ordered a wide one off of Ebay for $1.25 and will go back to using painters tape until it arrives. Such a simple tool that I use on every guitar that crosses my bench, it's astonishing that they would change a design that worked just fine.

Response from StewMac

Quality and 100% Total Satisfaction is our goal every day. If a product fails to work as intended in your shop, we'll take back the product and replace or refund. Call us 1-800-848-2273 so we can make it right.

4.0

Really close to perfect

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These guards are great. I'm not a huge fan of the elastic band.

5.0

Time saver for sure!!

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These beat the hell out of taping up a fretboard to protect it!!

3.0

Good for spot work

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Great for spot work. Not something I would use for the whole fret polish job.

5.0

Fret Guards

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I have some of the old ones with out the rubber band slots and these are much better.

1.0

Old Model Was Better

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The rubber band is a pain to get through the slot and it just slows things down moving the guard. It also makes the guard bow up above the fret. Probably worthless on a classical fingerboard. Using it without the rubber band is better but the new design is way too narrow. This causes you material to hit the fret board and scratch it. The previous model was much better and safer. I am sorry I bought this product and sad Stew Mac ruined a good thing for an extra buck with worthless accessories. The price is ridiculous for this product. Save yourself some money and use tape.

Response from StewMac

We're sorry our Fingerboard Guards didn't work for you as expected. We stand behind our return policy -- if you are not satisfied you may return it for a refund or exchange. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273.

5.0

a very nice upgrade 

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I finally persuaded myself to get these. Well worth it. The various sizes really help reduce contact with the fretboard. Hint: use 2 of the rubber bands hooked together for a perfect fit on nearly any neck.

5.0

Best protection for any size fretboard

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Tryed tape first, then bought these fret guards.absolute protection!

5.0

Great tool!

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I used to use the Planet Waves Fret Polishing Kit and a tech at a music shop turned me on to using steel wool and these guards. Having them allows me to use a faster more effective polishing method for my frets. I don't use the rubber bands, I just hold them in place. Some of the slots are too narrow for the bands anyway. Steel wool is much faster and gives better results and these guards are perfect for the job. Tip: cover pick ups with painters tape to keep any debris from sticking to them.

4.0

Good

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Glad with my purchase

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