Fret Cutter

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Spend less time filing fret ends!
This is the best tool for trimming the ends off fretwire.

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Fret Cutter

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Fret Cutter for trimming fret ends

After installing new frets, the flush-cut jaws of a fret cutter trim the fret ends.

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Spend less time filing fret ends!
This is the best tool for trimming the ends off fretwire.

A Stewart-MacDonald exclusive, our custom-made steel cutter has improved features you won't find on hardware store nippers.

The jaws are specially hardened for fret work, and they're profiled and flush-ground to cut the wire close to the fretboard. The result is a cleaner cut without pulling the wire, so you'll need to do less filing. Longer rubber-coated handles allow better access to the frets over a guitar body.

1" (25.4mm) jaw width, 8" (203.20mm) length.

Not recommended for use with stainless-steel fretwire.

Essential for fretting
This item is one of seven tools included in our Essential Fretting Tool Kit, a compilation of tools you'll need for the fundamentals of fret work. Kit also includes our book, Fretwork Step By Step by Erick Coleman with Dan Erlewine.

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Fret Cutter

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By guitarnoob from Seattle, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 29, 2014

this is a really great cutter. cuts frets like butter but don't try it on anything else. I dented mine on accident.

A joy to own

By Jeremie Dunlap from Spokane WA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 22, 2014

I tried many different nippers for other tool suppliers, but these are the clear winner. Don't let the price keep you from trying these. For under $30 they made my last fretting job at least $30 better and easier.

Perfect cuts

By Luciano Italy from Foggia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 15, 2014

It cuts the frets like butter!

Fret Cutter

By Mantra from Russia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I'm really happy with this tool


By Tiki from Croatia
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 09, 2014

I know that many builders started as an enthusiast and did many things without proper tools. I was one of them.
It really can destroy enthusiasm, so get proper tool as fret cutter is. Excellent.


By Paul Seery from Maryland
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 03, 2014

Worth the $


By Pacific North Coast Guitars from Washington USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 01, 2014

These are nice nippers. They nip off the end of frets. You can also pull frets with them, use them as a clamp on fret wire to bend it to radius. Don't use them on stainless wire.

Fret nippers

By guitarwoodrat from Cumberland Gap, Tn
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 17, 2014

Hated to pay this much for these nippers but I've went thru 2 or 3 pair that nicked bad with very few fret jobs and eventually pitted so bad that they wouldn't cut. They (not the stew/mac) are hard to sharpen also and keep the cutting edges parallel. I haven't done but 1 fret job with these new ones and so far the edges look good. I'm using Stew/Mac, Nickel/ silver fret wire, so don't be under the impression I used steel wire or some other hard fretting material. If they don't hold up, I will repost another comment. So far, so good!!

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By Ralph Pinaud from Lr.Sackville , N.S. Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Have several pairs; both home-ground and factory. These are the very best I've tried.

A bit expensive, but worth it. 

By Larry Rose from Fort Worth, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 20, 2014

I considered this purchase for a long time. Finally after giving up on other tools I sprung for the fret cutter. Makes that final cleanup much less work.

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