Fret Tang Nipper

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Undercuts fretwire so the fret ends fit over neck binding.

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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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Total: $0.00
Quantity: 20


Undercuts fretwire so the fret ends fit over neck binding.

Undercuts fretwire cleanly.
There's gotta be an easier way to trim the ends of the frets to fit over the neck bindings, right? Our friend Bill Collings (of Collings Guitars) had an idea that inspired us to produce this simple and precise tool. It's become a repair shop favorite. It does an outstanding job of undercutting fretwire to fit over neck bindings, speeding up fret jobs on bound necks, and helps save the lacquer finish at the edges of the fingerboard. Just insert the wire to the desired depth in the guide notch, squeeze the handle, and the wire is quickly and cleanly undercut. No bending or crimping!

The Fret Tang Nipper is useful 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.

#1626 is for medium-width fretwire, .075" to .095" (1.90mm to 2.41mm)

#1649 is for wide fretwire, .100" to .120" (2.54mm to 3.05mm)

The Fret Tang Nipper is 6" long (152.40mm), including 4" (101.60mm) rubber-sleeved handles.

Not recommended for stainless steel frets.

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Fret Tang Nipper

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Fret Tang Nipper

By Pick from New Zealand
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 03, 2011

This is a great little tool, reducing fretting time to about 20% of what it took filing each fret end before. It cuts accurately, and I can place and fit each fret in seconds.

Fret Tang Nipper

By KC from Henderson, NV
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Very nice piece of equipment; minor filing and you are ready to go....4 1/2 stars!

Fret tang nipper cuts the work down to size!

By Bruce Lyons from Wichita Falls, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 11, 2011

This is a great tool. I used it to re-fret an unbound neck, and I was able to use this tool to cut the tangs and fit the frets so they did not extend past the fretboard. Also, using this tool made it easier to cut the individual frets from the fret wire. It's well worth the price!

Tang Nipper

By Jerhico Guitars from Altona, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 07, 2011

Works great, could be cheaper though in my opinion.

wonderful tool

By MoorMusic from Switzerland
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The reason I'm only giving this 4 stars is, that it's not absolutely foolproof. But with a bit of practice and care you can really cut off the tang nice and smooth with this. But it is easy to not hold the fret perfectly and then the cut will also not be perfect. But you'll figure that out in no time.

Blunt nipper

By Andy Keeling from Dublin, Ireland
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 09, 2011

I was dissappointed today when I went to do a re fret job on a bound fretboard (Can't be more than the 6th re fret that i've done with this tool)today and found my fret tang nipper had gone completely blunt. To the point where the cutting part has squashed down and bent into a curve. I tried to sharpen it but, after half a re fret job, i found that the same thing happened again. I think that this would be a better tool if the cutting part was made of stronger stuff. To be fair, the tool has already payed for itself but it would be so easy to make it better.

Great tool

By Michael Mulville from Dublin Ireland
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It does exactly what it says on the tin a great idea saves a lot of messing would recommend it.

Great tool!

By J Larres from Finland
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 10, 2011

Works exactly like promised. All you have to do is check carefully where it cuts. A little filing is needed under the fret after the cutting but that's not a problem.

The perfect tool!

By Randy, Head Guitar Tech CrossTouche from Shelbyville, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 09, 2011

When it comes to fret jobs this is one of the most used tools in my shop. Fretting a bound fretboard never looked so clean!


By B. Jesson from Chandler, AZ, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I recently started binding my fingerboards and this tool shaved hours off fretting. I use it in conjunction with the fret bender and can lay 22 frets in about 30 minutes. Awesome tool!!

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