Fret Tang Nipper

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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.

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Fret Tang Nipper For Narrow Fretwire

For Narrow Fretwire

Item # 1604
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$60.93

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Fret Tang Nipper For Medium Fretwire

For Medium Fretwire

Item # 1626
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$60.93

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Fret Tang Nipper For Wide Fretwire

For Wide Fretwire

Item # 1649
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$60.93

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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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5.0

Expensive...but impressive

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Was reluctant to buy due to expense but works like a dream, made my first bound fret job so easy and so quick. once you get the hang of it the cut is very clean

5.0

Easier than using a file

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Yes you can use a file to take off the tang under a fret end. However this tool makes it much easier. Essential for bound fret-boards but also allows fret ends to be filled with stick shellac on unbound fret-boards to give a seamless finish.

5.0

Gotta have it for bound fingerboards

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These nippers cut clean but some clean up filing still needs to be manually done. This is normal. A must have for bound fingerboards. Note- these do not work on thin (0.50"ish), mandolin or uke fret wire as it just bends it

5.0

clean fretboard sides

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I saw a demonstration of this tool in use and decided to give it a try to avoid seeing the tang on the side of the fretboard. It took some trial and error to get a clean cut every time (no instructions) but once you "get it", it works great. Just fill in the fret slots on the side with shellac stick and file smooth.

4.0

Very good nipper.

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I don't know if a perfect fret tang nipper exists, but this is at least a very good one.

4.0

You're gonna need it.

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It can take a little getting used to but once you've got it down, it's an indispensable tool.

5.0

Fret Tang Nipper.

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These are a huge time saver when fretting a bound board. Certainly a lot more convenient than fannying around with a pair of side cutters, and were almost half the price of the same item purchased in the U.K. Highly recommended.

5.0

Yellow Handles

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For some reason, the cool yellow handles were covered up by black heat shrink. I like the yellow! This thing is awesome! Wouldn't do ANY fret job without it!

5.0

A Must for Bound Boards

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Yes, you can probably do the same job with a set of sharp cutters and some files. But if you plan to do more than one fret-install ever, get these. For the price, you can't do it by hand at a lower cost.

5.0

Tang Nipper

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Works as advertised.What more could you ask?

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