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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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

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.

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Favorite Shop Tool!

By Archtop from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 09, 2011


The Guitar Repair Vise is a very versatile tool in my shop! From holding guitars by the neck or body, to clamping a sanding station up off the workbench!

A way to raise and hold a small assembly table that you can easily clamp and work around! The list goes on.

The Guitar Repair Vise is well made and set up with enough extras to make it a valuable shop tool.

But the best part of this vise is, when mine had a problem (that I hadn't noticed when I first ordered it) StewMac was right there for me! They stood 100 percent behind their product and sent out a new replacement vise right away! They even included the return shipping label!

How great is that!

Perfect product! Perfect company!

Guitar Repair Vise

By Alan Morrison - AM Guitar Works from Davenport, IA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, March 20, 2011


This vise is handy for lots of projects. I recently purchased this to use on a refret of a '72 Deluxe Tele neck, where the frets needed to be driven out sideways and I wanted something to hold the neck securely. The Guitar Repair Vise worked perfectly for this and other projects. The urethane jaws grip the guitar nicely with no marring of the finish. It also came in handy for leveling and crowning the frets as well. When I called Stew Mac to get some measurements so I could modify my workbench slightly, they were very helpful. Great products + excellent customer service = Winning combination.

Great for a lot of uses

By Rex Shurtleff from Pagosa Springs, CO
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 09, 2011


I not only used the vise for working on handles, but use it for holding a whole guitar. I also plan to use it for other woodworking projects.

Great Vise

By metal6string from Navarre, Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 13, 2011


This vise is a must for any instrument repair, very smooth action and soft pads that wont damage.

A very versatile vise

By Rick from Coral Springs, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 10, 2011


This is a great vise. I have used several different types of vises in my shop and this one is my consistent go to. It is very delicate with the instrument yet it it hold the material as solidly as needed. This is one of the best tools I've added to my guitar shop.

The right stuff

By Quintin from Georgetown, PEI
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Exactly as described, perfect for the job, no problems, worth the money.

This vice is awesome!

By Jameslee Guitars from Missouri
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, December 09, 2010


I built one guitar without it. Never again! Great addition to any shop.

Corner bench Vice

By acousticplayer from Denver, CO
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Great vice, I have used it again and again without issue. I love the turn crank. Just two complaints that keep it from a 5, price and it would be nice to be able to replace the pads inside the vise with both replacement and different material linings... I do a lot of french polishing and gluing...

So solid

By Jay Rosenblatt from West orange, NJ
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 19, 2010


This is an amazing piece of equipment. I almost purchased a cheaper version of this vise and I am glad I purchased this one. So solid. I saw it's potential even before I closed the jaws for the first time.

A must-have!

By Steve T from Boston, MA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 03, 2010


Wow - I can't believe I didn't buy one of these sooner. There are so many things that you can do with this vise, but the one thing that comes to mind right now is scraping the sides of a Tele-style guitar. I used to sit on the basement steps with the guitar body between my knees, trying to make the scraper behave. Now, with the body in this vise, I can get much more leverage and stability with a metal scraper and the results prove it!

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