Guitar Repair Vise

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The luthier's favorite vise is even easier to use, thanks to custom modifications: bearing-smooth operation, fast crank handwheel, and urethane/hardwood swivel jaws.

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Guitar Repair Vise

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Guitar Repair Vise

Dan Erlewine shows how we've customized our Guitar Repair Vise for instrument work.

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The luthier's favorite vise is even easier to use, thanks to custom modifications: bearing-smooth operation, fast crank handwheel, and urethane/hardwood swivel jaws.

Custom modifications make it the best!
Don't mistake our vise for one of the many copycats! We've customized our Guitar Repair Vise to give it bearing-smooth operation that you won't find elsewhere. Turn the fast-crank handwheel and you'll immediately feel the difference.

Customized four ways:
1. Fast-crank handwheel with removable handle
2. Roller bearings for fast smooth opening/closing
3. Protective urethane surfaces on custom hardwood jaws
4. Nylon-core adjustable tension nuts control 360° jaw rotation

A good vise is the central hub of your workshop. Every repair or building job benefits from a solid, secure vise, and if it's actually a pleasure to use that's all the better!

Our Guitar Repair Vise is 32 pounds of steel that rotates full-circle to position the work for comfortable access. Each inch-thick hardwood jaw rotates too, with forgiving urethane surfaces to hold instruments of any shape/any size. This vise holds a the tapered angles of a neck securely without needing any shims. Nylon-core adjustment nuts set the tension on the rotating jaws, so you can let them spin loosely or hold their angle. The vise jaws open to a maximum of 6" (15.24cm).

We've built in a roller bearing so the vise opens and adjusts smoothly - and added a crank handle to make it speedy. (The handle's conveniently removable, too.)

The sturdy base can be installed under your workbench for 8" vise height, or on top for 9-3/4" height. The threaded mounting rod and large wingnut mount the vise quickly on any benchtop up to 4-1/2" thick.

Extra parts for the Guitar Repair Vise available.
Replacement parts for your vise and upgrading older vises.

SAVE when you order the Vise and ShopStand together!

ShopStand and Guitar Repair Vise Set is the perfect combo to set up your vise to be a sturdy, 360-degree swiveling money saver!

Trade Secrets! Newsletter

Hot tip: A new way to use your guitar repair vise

Compact, low-profile guitar repair setup: Dan Erlewine removes the mounting base and bolts his StewMac Guitar Repair vise to the end of his bench, for a new low-angle working style. Also: a quick tour of Dan's customized workbench.

Trade Secrets! Newsletter

Ideas for your shop: arranging your bench and vise

Where to put the workbench in your shop? And where to put the vise on that bench? Dan Erlewine's helps a friend with those questions in his new garage workshop.

Trade Secrets! Newsletter

New ways to use the Guitar Repair Vise

In this issue of Trade Secrets, Dan makes his Guitar Repair Vise sit up and roll over. Who knew cast iron could be so flexible?

Product Instructions

Guitar Repair Vise Installation Instructions

Set up directions for the Guitar Repair vise.

Ratings & Reviews

Guitar Repair Vise

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Sturdy Vise

By Scott C from Atlanta GA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, June 04, 2013

I couldn't go a day without it. Excellent Vise, well worth the money. The fist one I received didn't operate smoothly, but StewMac was quick to send a replacement. Thanks guys!

excellent !

By JSD from Europe
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 26, 2013

Great tool this ;)

A great buy!

By Davos from Brantree  UK
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I bought this vise because I needed an extra pair of hands finishing my latest guitar. Bodging along trying to hold odd-shaped objects is tolerable once, annoying twice, and not worth trying the third time. I'd read the other reviews, some very negative, but my own experience of Stew Mac service made me order it anyway. Ordered Sunday PM arrived in England Wednesday AM. Keeping the negative reviews in mind I checked this vice over thoroughly before fitting it to my main work bench. Everything works smoothly and just as it should. I am more than happy to have an extra strong pair of hands to hold awkward shaped pieces. Now I can put the finishing on my 000 neck without compromising!

Neck Repair using Guitar Repair Vise

By Stanley Plant/SLP Luthiery from Franktown, CO
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, April 01, 2013

I purchased this item end of Feb, installed it immediatley, and have constantly had various guitars in it ever since. Sure is nice not to have to clamp or wedge a guitar down so it doesn't shift during delicate work. My current project is reconstructive surgery on a severly severed neck/head. After fitting and glueing, I decided to install mahogany splines for addl support. Instead of recreating an old jig, I leveled the tops of the vise jaws, clamped the glued guitar neck in the vise and leveled the fretboard (from underneath). Then measured and marked the truss rod channel and marked the router channel placements. Then I simply used the level top of the vise jaws for my router "platform" that was now level with the fretboard, adjusted the router bit depth and routed away. Made the job more accurate, quick, and simple!! This vise is great just for clamping, too:)

guitar repair vise

By Bryan Ibach from Coquille, OR
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, March 03, 2013

this vise is a life saver. It works great and is super easy to set up and take down as needed.

Invaluable woodworking device

By R's Review from Bellevue, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 27, 2013

I have been woodworking for years but recently acquired the StewMac guitar vise while trying to build my first guitar. I now use it for other work beyond my guitar building. A great buy for my shop.

A Must Have

By Joe Loverti Sr. from Miamisburg, Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 16, 2013

This is a tool that, once you have one, you can't imagine ever being without. It's heavy. It's strong. It's well-built. Actually, it's amazing the jobs it can do. It's like having an extra helper in the shop with you. StewMac gear is expensive...but, this is the best bargain they offer. You need one of these vises in your shop.

Great vise so far...

By Thom Abell-String Theory Guitar Rep from Mount Juliet, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 25, 2012

I've got two of these. I've got one in my shop in Nashville and one @ my home shop in Mount Juliet, TN. I can't imagine not having one. It's a second pair of strong but gentle hands when you need it. Sure, the crank doesn't spin freely but so what? It does the job. On my bench at home, I've drilled holes on each end of my bench so I can move it around if needed. And, I've attached a thick piece of leather between the jaws to catch a guitar if it slips while cranking the jaws. Ignore the negative reviews and order one!

not yet

By G.J.B. from Kelso N.S.W. Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hi everyone have not had a chance to use the vice as yet but on inspection it looks a well thought out and sollid peace of gear i would say that my grandson will enjoy it some day when his dad finishes with it

another wonderful stew mac tool

By larry riedell from grafton, wisconsin
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 10, 2012

it sure makes life a lot easier around the shop with this vise. a little tweaking, & it works great. couldn't do without it

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