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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

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.

5.0

Jaws

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The pliers work very well. I suggest measure the adjustment and put a few frets in an old fingerboard to get a feel for how frets go in.

4.0

Good but over priced

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It does what it says and does it well. But I was a little disappointed with the finish quality, there was primer overspray on the handle. I am not looking for a wall flower but for near $80 I want it perfect.

3.0

good but not great

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This is a nifty little tool, it certainly helps you to crimp frets so they will bind in the slot better. I liked that it had a mild and a heavy crimp size so that you could avoid excessive crimping when applicable. However, the tool is not very complex and should not be priced as much as it is. Its really only worth about half of what I paid.

5.0

Indispensable

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I do the most difficult fretting ever. Imagine deep radius like cello; I build bowed guitars. This makes average guitar fretting seem like a walk in the park. Without this device, reliably doing this type of work is a crap shoot whereby new ways of cussing and tool throwing are invented. CA glue and careful pre-bending on these deep radius necks are not enough to keep re-coil from happening. The Fret Crimper is required equipment here. I do not know how I survived for so many years without it.

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 13 See Fret Crimper
on page 13 of our StewMac Digital Catalog