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

Excellent Tool

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Great time saver and an accurate tool. It is a tool to have in your shop.

5.0

Perfect for the Task

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The fret tang nipper did exactly what it is supposed to do. Great tool!

5.0

Fret tang nipper

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This is a great time saver. I work with bound fingerboards a lot since I work mostly on banjos. This item is indispensable.

5.0

Great    Tools

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Great

4.0

Time saver

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Well made tool, but still requires a little detail filing for a smooth underside that will sit flat.

5.0

Fret Tang Nipper

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Really useful for bound fingerboards, works well. Infrequently a slightly rough surface can be formed but I found when this happens it only takes seconds to smooth it out.Quite an ingenious tool.

4.0

Great tool

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Never had problems with it but it's a little expensive

5.0

Well worth the money!

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I can't believe how much time this tool saves me. Even with the little bit of filing to get the underside perfectly flat, I daresay I've been able to cut my fretting time by 50% or better. I used to grind each fret by hand on a grinder and used a file for touch up.

2.0

Jagged Cutter on a New One?

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We use an older one of these at the shop I work at, Teye Guitars, that has done maybe over 100 fret jobs. Decided to get one for myself. Upon making my first cuts, I noticed it was not making flush cuts and leaving jagged leftover tang on the frets which took a while to file off. I compared this one to the old one we have and noticed that on the new one the edge of the moving cutter does not come down flush to "chasis" cutter.



The gap that remains is causing the partial jagged tang to be leftover. I tested it on the medium 149 and 152 wire both before and after bending with same results.

5.0

Must Have

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If you do a lot of fret-work, this is a real time-saver! Most of the time there is no cleanup after.

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