Close

Fret/Fingerboard Levelers

5.0
  • 78 Reviews
  • Write a review
Fret/Fingerboard Levelers 8" length

8" length

Item # 4577
In stock, ready to ship!

$43.56

+
Fret/Fingerboard Levelers 16" length

16" length

Item # 4578
In stock, ready to ship!

$56.62

+
Fret/Fingerboard Levelers 24" length

24" length

Item # 4579
In stock, ready to ship!

$88.87

+
 
Total:
Qty:
Scroll to Top

Fret/Fingerboard Levelers

About This Item

Precision-ground for flatness.
Fast, accurate leveling tools for the pro shop.

Each heavyweight rectangular 1" x 2" steel tube is precision-ground for flatness on the narrow sides. Attach abrasive to quickly level frets or level an unfretted fingerboard. The tool's edges are smooth to prevent gouging.

Available in three lengths, to level any fingerboard.

Roger Sadowsky, ace builder and repairman, wrote us to say:
"I have been leveling fingerboards and frets for 30 years and thought I was pretty set in my ways. However, I have recently tried the 16" steel levelers (#4578) and man, talk about teaching an old dog new tricks! My fingerboards have never been better, and they work much better than files for leveling frets. Thank you again, StewMac!!!"

Cut and stick!
3M Stikit Gold Paper Self-adhesive Abrasives are the right width for our leveling and radius sanding tools. Attach 80 through 220-grits for radiusing and leveling the fingerboard, and 220 through 400-grits for leveling the frets.

Works on stainless frets, too!
All of our tools are suitable for use on stainless-steel fretwire, with the exception of our Fret Tang Nippers. Modern stainless-steel fretwire is known to be harder than the traditional nickel-silver blends, but our own shop experience indicates the wire does not cause premature wear of files or sandpapers.


Video

Customer Reviews

  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Average
  • Fair
  • Poor
Write a review
5.0
  • 4.90 average rating from 78 reviews
Sort by
5.0

indispensable

By

Verified Buyer


I've been waiting to get one of these a long time. glad I finally did. With the stick it sandpaper this made leveling frets go ridiculously fast. The heft of the beam makes it stable and helps it to grind down quickly. You don't have to push down, just move it back and forth. I know it is perfectly flat and will stay that way. I will probably get the other two sizes eventually, the longer one should make a good jointer for gluing up book matched tops and backs, and the shorter one will be easier to use for spot leveling.

5.0

Parfait

By

Verified Buyer


J'ai essayé plusieurs sanding beam avant mais aucun n'est aussi efficace que celui ci. Son poid fait le travail presque à lui seul. J'aurais du le commander dès le début, j'aurais sauvé de l'argent et ce, même si celui ci est plus cher à l'Achat.

5.0

Love this thing

By

Verified Buyer


Makes quick work of leveling frets

5.0

Very pleased

By

Verified Buyer


This is a very well-machined, and substantial piece of metal, and it has done the job nicely.

5.0

Part of the process

By

Verified Buyer


Have a lot of guitars...working on them as a hobby. Already purchased aluminum extrusions with radius from StewMac to dress fretboard and frets. The heavier, plated-steel leveler I'm reviewing is just one more tool in the arsenal and good for addressing specific areas on the frets. The weight of the Leveler assist in consistent weight on frets with leveling and precision ground surfaces and length aid in doing the job right. I was surprised to see that the leveler was plated (no rusting). I don't believe there is one tool that does it all and this leveler provides another means to tackle the project.

5.0

A whole lot of uses

By

Verified Buyer


I’ve had it for a week and found a multitude of uses. Well worth the money, and very sturdy.

5.0

Oh Yeah! Dead-flat Stew-Mac 16" Leveler improves my professional reputation...

By

Verified Buyer


A local player asked me to level the frets on his cherished 1990s Gibson SG. This guy is an accomplished, but picky player. He insisted that I show him how I level and then dress the frets -I actually don't like customers looking over my shoulder while I work.

For ages I had used short, wide diamond files and let's say "It worked OK". I always had a hard time leveling frets and never felt comfortable doing it.

Now my world has changed using the new leveler and 3M StikIt sand paper: The customer first commented on the weight of the tool and when he saw the StewMac logo, he asked to try leveling the frets himself. No hand pressure is required with this tool because of its weight and after a few gentle passes with the new leveler, we proceeded with 300 grit paper and then to crowning and polishing the frets with great results. The customer treated me to an impromptu Ingwie Malmsteen solo on his rejuvenated Gibson SG frets. Follow-up question: Is anyone aware of a tool for scalloping fingerboards?

5.0

Very nice!

By


As level as you would expect it. In addition, it's quite heavy . I really like it. Very nice

5.0

Solid, easy and fast levelling tool

By

Verified Buyer


Did hours and hours of research on fret and fingerboard levelling. Many people said don't do it unless you have lots of experience and tons of the right tools. Worried for weeks about doing the job on my own. Delayed getting started. Didn't want to screw up my vintage LP. A lot of fear precipitated the job. After loading the sandpaper onto the 8" leveller, I got to work. 83 seconds later I was done. Whaaat?!?!?!?

5.0

Precision Flat

By

Verified Buyer


My 16in Leveler arrived with a gouge on the surface. Customer service was great. Replaced it ASAP. Return went smoothly. Very happy with the final result.

Showing 10 of 78 Read more reviews >>


StewMac PDF Catalog, page 10 See Fret/Fingerboard Levelers
on page 10 of our StewMac Digital Catalog