Fret Tang Nipper

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Fret Tang Nipper For Narrow Fretwire

For Narrow Fretwire

Item # 1604
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Fret Tang Nipper For Medium Fretwire

For Medium Fretwire

Item # 1626
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Fret Tang Nipper For Wide Fretwire

For Wide Fretwire

Item # 1649
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Fret Tang Nipper

About This Item

Undercuts fretwire, fast and easy.
Fret Tang Nipper speeds fret jobs on bound necks, and helps save the lacquer finish at the edges of unbound fretboards.

Bill Collings (of Collings Guitars) inspired this clever tool for undercutting fretwire to fit over neck bindings. Insert the fretwire to the desired depth in the guide notch, squeeze the handle, and the wire is quickly and cleanly undercut—no bending or crimping.

For unbound fingerboards, too: try nipping the fret tang to length before installing the fret. Now you'll only need to cut and file the overhanging crown, and the fret will be less likely to twist and unseat.

    A repair shop favorite!
  • Hardened-steel cuts clean and stays sharp
  • Rubber coated handles for a comfortable, non-slip grip
  • Tool is 5.5" long (140mm)

#1604 for narrow fretwire, 0.053" to 0.080" (1.35mm to 2.03mm) wide.
Narrow fretwire is typically used on banjos and mandolins.

#1626 for medium fretwire, 0.075" to 0.095" (1.90mm to 2.41mm) wide.
Medium is the most popular size of guitar fretwire.

#1649 for wide fretwire, 0.100" to 0.120" (2.54mm to 3.05mm) wide.
Wide is found on many modern electric guitars and basses.

Fret Tang Nipper is one of the few StewMac tools that is not recommended for stainless steel frets.

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Works good.

(Customer's Reviews)

Works good. Used for refretting bound fingerboard mandolin. A bit expensive.


A Keeper

(Customer's Reviews)

There's usually lots of different tools that can do the same job. This one, in my opinion, is super easy to use and does a fantastic job. It's a keeper!!



(Customer's Reviews)

We've all done it...bought stuff from StewMac and then realised you could just as easily have done without it.

Not the case with this.

If you do bound fingerboards, you will not regret buying this. I estimate that it saves me about 30 minutes on every fret job I do.

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