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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they do the job and more

By DT Hawkins-Custom Guitar Tech from Clarksburg WV
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 01, 2011

these cutters not only cut close and clean..they also work great for fret bending.. and the price is right.

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By Carefulwithax from Las Cruces, NM, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Very nice tool, I had previously tried to make my own from a standard end cutter, but none of my attempts would cut as great as this does. Makes a nice, square cut and up close too!

The perfect tool for the job

By Mike Thornburg from Wakeman, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 20, 2011

I was skeptical at first buying this tool because I already have nippers but trust me, if you need to pull a bad fret then you are going to need this tool! I challenge anyone that can find a similar tool at their local hardware store.


By Carmen Pacella from Costa Mesa, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 24, 2011

great for pulling and trimming frets! clean end cuts-can't be done with off-the-shelf tools.

Another Winner from StewMac

By GOA Guitars from Bris Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 21, 2011

Well made nippers with a nice action and flush cut, a must have tool.

Good cut

By Joachim from Baden, Switzerland
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, January 11, 2011

This side cutter is great, because the cutting edge is really at the edge with no offset. This cuts the fret cleanly close to the fretboard.

saving time tool

By Yair guitars from ISRAEL , HAIFA ,
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Very good tool. Cuts easily and smooth. It is a time saving tool.

I use it for frets only.

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By 8" Wooden Radius-sanding Blocks from Italy
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 26, 2010

It is a very useful tool that I recommend to people who work refretting, and very useful to remove the buttons and cut.

Great tool!!!!!!!

By Flavio from New York
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, November 25, 2010

I was using the run of the mill cutter when a friend of mine who is a great guitar tech told me how much better this tool is. I caved and bought it. OH MY GOD!!! What a difference. It makes everything you have to do, following snipping the frets 10 times easier. It gives a clean cut right to the board. Great tool. Trust me, this is not a waste of money.


By James Love from Z-Tron
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 14, 2010

These work great. Useful for grabbing and lifting acoustic saddles and fender style nuts as well.

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