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Fret Tang Nipper

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Fret Tang Nipper For Narrow Fretwire

For Narrow Fretwire

Item # 1604
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$64.93

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Fret Tang Nipper For Medium Fretwire

For Medium Fretwire

Item # 1626
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$64.93

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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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5.0

Works good.

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

5.0

A Keeper

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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!!

5.0

Invaluable

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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.

5.0

Trouble-free, precise, strong

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Does exactly what it says. Not suitable for soft alloy frets,as it will bend the fretwire edge with its force. Use the fret cutters instead.

5.0

Absolutely the best tool for this

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I can't recommend this enough. It works much better than I ever imagined it would.

4.0

Learning curve

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There was a bit of a learning curve (wasted fretwire) in determining what its maximum cut was - and that maximum was not big. Knowing this is important since I could not go back to make a second cut because it would mangle the crown. I would have liked to have been able to go back and nibble a little more of the tang away as needed on some frets. It's a good thing I started by the headstock and worked my way down as it allowed me to reuse some mis-trimmed frets. Still, it was a massive timesaver in my last bound-fingerboard refret once I learned its peculiarities. Some adjustment instructions would be nice as well instead of having to waste fretwire learning tool setup through experimentation.

5.0

How could I live without one of those?

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I really had a hard time on the fret tangs. This one is PERFECT. It's really one of my favorite tools of all time.

4.0

Time saver

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Great time saving tool. But still had to hit each end with file to get flush.

5.0

Worked better than expected. 

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I bought these and immediately did a fret job with the Gold EVO frets... worried that these wouldn't hold up. But they did fine, I only messed up one fret and they didn't seem to degrade over the job... can't say how they would do over multiple jobs. But they held up better than my nippers (Not a stewmac one). Those chipped up real bad.

5.0

Couldn't imagine not using this.

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Just finished my first bound fretjob. Thanks to this tool, it was a breeze!

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