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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
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1.0

What you see is not what you get!

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Simply put, the tool I got is not what's pictured and described in the literature.
I bought this tool after checking out the pics and reading the stuff about how Dan likes to crimp his frets to widen them then flatten the ends so they go in easily. This is not possible with this tool because it no longer has the part to flatten things. That's half the reason to buy this tool. Sadly, I can't find this tool anywhere else so I'm kind of stuck.

I'm really not thrilled about this. I can't get behind a company that ships something different than they advertise - especially for an $80 fricking tool!!!
WTF Stewmac??? (see pics)

(Yes, of course the tool works and is of decent quality. That's not what this review is about.)

Response from StewMac

We have our Web Team working on getting the picture updated and we have sent out a prepaid label for the return of this item. We are very sorry if you felt misled by our marketing materials and are happy to honor our 100% satisfaction guarantee. - Spencer, Customer Support

5.0

great!

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A great little tool. i wish i had seen this earlier. Would be better if it was just a little wider in the jaws, but still a great tool.

5.0

The best tool for the job

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There really is no better way to achieve the desired result. Combine that with Stewart MacDonald's unparalleled service and I simply will not buy my tools anywhere else.

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.

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