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Fret Slot Cleaning Tool

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Fret Slot Cleaning Tool Replacement chisel only

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Fret Slot Cleaning Tool

About This Item

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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Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Yuck! Cleaning fret slot gunk from the Mike Bloomfield Tele

There was a load of glue and grunge under these frets. With scrapers, wipers and heat from an alcohol lamp, it’s amazing how much gunk Dan Erlewine extracted from Mike Bloomfield’s old fretboard!

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5.0

Invaluable

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

5.0

It gets the job done!

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

4.0

Does the job

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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.

5.0

A must have!!!

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Like I said.

5.0

Crazy

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Verified Buyer


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.

5.0

Awesome Tool!

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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!

4.0

Good tool

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Verified Buyer


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.

5.0

Fret slot cleaner

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Verified Buyer


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.

5.0

The perfect tool for the job!

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Exactly what you need for cleaning fret slots, also great for bound boards. Wouldn't want to be without it for fret work!

5.0

Clean slots

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Verified Buyer


This is a very simple, effective tool, well worth the price. It is comfortable to use, fits the slot perfectly and does a great job of shifting the gunk out of the slots, especially when there is a binding strip at each end of the fret slot.

I've found that it is best to 'nibble' at the stuff in the slot, pushing the tool into the slot to chip away at the rubbish rather than trying to move it out of the way in one big movement - if you try to shift large chunks of stuff by levering it out of the slot you are bound to cause chipping. Best to take it easy, bit by bit. The tool is easily sharpened into a chisel profile using a diamond sharpener.

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 15 See Fret Slot Cleaning Tool
on page 15 of our StewMac Digital Catalog