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Fret Crimper

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Fret Crimper

About This Item

Crimps the tang to fit oversize fret slots. Hardened steel jaws press slight scallops into a fret tang to fit an oversize slot.

Works on a variety of slot widths. Simply vary the pressure as needed.

Overall length: 7" (178mm)
Jaw width: 13/32" (10.24mm)
Comfortable rubber-coated handles.

This unique tool is based on a technique developed by repairman Frank Ford.

The Fret Crimper is included in our money-saving Fret Tang Tool Set along with the Fret Barber, our handy tool for quickly trimming the barbs on longer lengths of fretwire.

We recommend our book FretWork Step By Step for details on the technique of compression fretting.

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.


Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

When frets don't fit the slot, resize the fret tang

This week, Dan Erlewine's pumping iron (nickel steel, actually!) He's showing how to bulk up your skinny fretwire and slim down your fat fretwire.

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4.0

Works fine but ...

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This tool actually works fine but the Trades Secret article instruction on this tool says "Crimp hard repeatedly along the fret wire. After crimping one side turn the wire end-for-end and crimp the opposite way, making the tang equal on both sides."

Crimping hard can actually make it so big that it doesn't fit the fret slot. "Crimp accordingly or carefully" would be a better way of putting it.
In Dans Fret basics video he actually say "don't crimp too hard".
I'm bringing this up because if you're like me and had never used this tool, knowing this will save you a lot of head aches! Otherwise it is a very handy tool to have.
Stew Mac staff you might want to edit that article. Thanks!

2.0

Great Tool but...

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This great and works well on standard fretwire. However it is not strong nor durable enough for Stainless-Steel wire. I used it on 2 stainless re-frets over the course of 2 days. By the midway point of the second re-fret I was having to stop after crimping every fret to re-establish the angles on the interior of the pliers with a small 3-corner file. For the price and the advertising that it is fine for use on stainless wire, I'm a very disappointed in the quality.

5.0

Great tool

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I ended up with fret board slots that were too wide. This little tool absolutely saved the day!

5.0

must have

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Can you imagine guys to carry out without this?

5.0

Works great.

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Saved my life man. This is a very handy tool to have around your shop. I cut fret slots with a faulty saw and they were just wide enough to not accept the frets properly this tool got me out of trouble.

4.0

A bit pricey

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It does the job perfectly and saves hours refretting. Doesn't look sturdy enough for the money.

5.0

Expensive, but...

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I grudgingly bought one of these when my homemade experiments didn't work so well. It is a well made tool, and although I only needed it for 2 frets on my project, it did what its supposed to do.

4.0

10x better than my homemade fret tang expander

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A great tool, but maybe seems overpriced for what it is. When starting out refretting, I made my own tang expander. Worked ok, but one crimp at a time. Just died on me, as it wasn't hardened steel. I bit the bullet on the bucks, and got one of these ... Wow, 4 crimps at a time, easy squeeze, ... hardened steel! It took half the time to prepare the frets for my last refret! Good tool

5.0

Perfect tool

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A must in getting those frets shaped for proper fit in you new or reworked fret slots. Money well spent for this kid!

4.0

Great tool, high priced

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This tool is very useful especially on older fretboards, but at just under 80.00 dollars you would have to do 2 or 3 jobs to make a profit. Tool is a must have for any shop doing fret jobs.

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