Fret Tang Nipper

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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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Fret Tang Nipper

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

Great tool!

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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.

5.0

The perfect tool!

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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!

5.0

Pure HEAVEN!

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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!!

4.0

Indispensable tool!

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I can't imagine ding this by hand! I do wish, however, that the cutter was available as a replacement part. Makes sense to make a hardened steel version for stainless frets as well; never mind how much as I hate doing them, I'm getting more and more requests for them.

4.0

Great little tool

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After nipping the fret tangs using other plier types not necessarily for the job, this fret tang nipper, while a little pricey, it did a great job. I was able to quickly complete the job. Even as good as this nipper is, you still have to grind or file down the remaining bur to have a nice flat surface underneath the fret.

5.0

Holy Schlamoly

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I don't think i can live without this tool anymore. Its made refretting so fast that i can now refret in 2 1/2 hours instead of 2 days, by sanding by hand. PIECE OF ADVICE, works better on radiused fretwire, instead of straight. Straight fretwires leaves a tiny bit of leftover.

4.0

Can't handle Stainless Steel Frets

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The Fret Tang Nipper is an incredible tool when used on typical frets. Our first one got ten years of use. That's a lot of fret nippin'.


Unfortunately it broke apart while using it on stainless steel frets. I really dislike stainless steel frets. They destroy crowning files,fret cutters and now the fret tang nipper. A line of carbide tipped fretting tools would be great for those who must have stainless steel frets. Regardless, this is a "Must Have" tool if you want to do a "Masters Job" quicker and make more money.

5.0

How on Earth did I get along without this??

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This terrific little gem has saved me at least thre hours labor in the first week I have had it. I had been doing the undercutting by hand forever thinking this tool was a gimmick. WRONG. NEVER AGAIN. Thanks Stew Mac!

5.0

Shop staple

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I've done it old school and I've done it with this tool. There is no going back.

5.0

Glad I didn't wait.

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I have only fretted one bound board without this tool. I hope I never have to do it again. This tool works perfect and is very easy to use. I can't find anything to complain about.

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