Fret Slot Cleaning Tool

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Take it from Dan Erlewine, "A fret won't seat well if its slot isn't clean!" We developed this tool to effectively scrape away wood chips and old glue, for better fret seating.

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Fret Slot Cleaning Tool

Item # 4870
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Fret Slot Cleaning Tool Replacement chisel only

Replacement chisel only

Item # 4871
In stock, ready to ship!


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Fret Slot Cleaning Tool

You can't have a well seated fret without a well cleaned fret slot. The fret slot cleaning tool removes the gunk and glue and that means better fret jobs.

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Take it from Dan Erlewine, "A fret won't seat well if its slot isn't clean!" We developed this tool to effectively scrape away wood chips and old glue, for better fret seating.

The Fret Slot Cleaning Tool comes with 2 chisel blades. Additional replacement blades are sold separately.

This 5-1/2" Fret Slot Cleaning Tool has a comfortable handle with a metal collet, and a replaceable hooked .019" thin square-edged chisel that gets into the corners of the slots on bound fretboards. It can be used to scrape the bottom and the wall of the fret slot, and when the tool is held with both hands for control, it pries up dried glue.

The Fret Slot Cleaning Tool is included in this money-saving set:
Refret Saw and Fret Slot Cleaning Tool Set

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Fret Slot Cleaning Tool

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Great tool

By Matthew Rae from Ashburton NZL
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, December 07, 2014

Great tool which does what it's intended for perfectly. Very good price and helps a lot with cleaning fret slots before installation. 5 stars as it does exactly as it should

Should have bought one earlier

By Garon from Los Angeles
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 06, 2014

This tool has been a lifesaver on my most recent fretboard. After binding and radiusing, it is imperative to remove all the glue and sawdust from the slots to get a proper fret seat. Razor blades and X-Acto knives work, but this makes short work of it. I agree with taking it slow. Trying to remove too much at once could chip the board. The blade fits a large X-Acto handle, so just buy the blade if you have one of those lying around.


By Wrea398 from Pa
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Every builder needs one. Price is right so why not.

It gets the job done!

By Eric C. from Las Vegas,Nv.
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This tool works perfectly for cleaning glue out of my fret slots after flying fingerboards down.

Does the job

By Angelwood from IN
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 01, 2013

This blade does the job and fits a standard large Xacto tool handle--of which I already had several--saving the additional cost of the Stew-Mac handle. I am not sure the blade is worth so much more than the Xacto curved carving blade (on which it seems to be based), but the tip is slightly different and allows it to act a little more like a "chisel" on the bottom of the fret slot. The material appears to be tougher than the steel used in the Xacto blades.

A must have!!!

By Freddie, ACG guitars from Norway
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 31, 2013

Like I said.


By Andrew H. from South Carolina, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 14, 2013

I only purchased the replacement blade, as I'm on a budget and it was much cheaper than the whole tool. It worked fine without the handle. I was amazed at the perfect fit in the slots. Very sharp, and removed more gunk than I thought possible. Highly recommended step in build process.

Awesome Tool!

By Thom Abell-String Theory Guitar Rep from Mount Juliet, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 18, 2013

I use this thing ALL the time in the repair shop in Nashville, TN and at my home shop, String Theory Guitar Repair, in Mount Juliet, TN. If you're using some other tool to clean out your fret jobs you're making a huge mistake. This thing does it quickly and cleanly. It's sturdy enough to scrape out residual super glue from previous fret jobs. It's a major factor in my picture perfect fret jobs! Get one! Get it NOW!

Good tool

By Tim Skau from Norway
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 18, 2013

If you are doing refrets, or plan to - just get this one.
Or - better yet, just get the "Refret Saw and Fret Slot Cleaning Tool Set". I use both tools when doing refrets.

Fret slot cleaner

By Mark Harper from Lexington KY
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 04, 2012

This tool is far better than the Xacto knife I was using in the past. The chisel blade is the perfect size and the handle is much easier to hold onto.

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