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StewMac Fret Cutter

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StewMac Fret Cutter

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StewMac Fret Cutter

About This Item

Spend less time filing fret ends!
This is the best tool for trimming the ends off fretwire.

A Stewart-MacDonald exclusive, our custom-made steel cutter has improved features you won't find on hardware store nippers.

The jaws are specially hardened for fret work, and they're profiled and flush-ground to cut the wire close to the fretboard. The result is a cleaner cut without pulling the wire, so you'll need to do less filing. Longer rubber-coated handles allow better access to the frets over a guitar body.

1" (25.4mm) jaw width, 8" (203.20mm) length.

Essential for Fretting
This item is 1 of the 7 tools included in our Essential Fretting Tool Set, a compilation of tools you'll need for the fundamentals of fret work. The set also includes our book, Fret Work Step-By-Step by Erick Coleman with Dan Erlewine.


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5.0

great tool

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I used it even on stainless still frets and I didn't notice any damage

4.0

Must have for sure, but consider the essential fretting kit

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I’ve accidentally started building some primitive cigar box guitars and dulcimers. I’m a hobbiest with no intention of building instruments to sell. It’s super fun to build an instrument and noodle around for and with friends and family. I’m also a cheapskate and don’t want to purchase a lot of specialty tools that I can’t use except for specific tasks.

That said, I recently fretted my first CBG and, if I had to do it over, I would simply have purchased the StewMac Essential Fretting Tool Set. Again, I’m just building these for fun, but part of the fun is not worry too much about perfection.

After setting my frets, I hoped to just snip off the ends with lineman pliers. I tried two ends and couldn’t get near as close to the fretboard as I thought so I literally went in and ordered the StewMac Fret Cutter and Fret End Dressing File (to fix the ends I snipped with the lineman pliers).

The fret cutters made it super easy to snip the ends of the fret end dressing file is smooth rounded on the edges so I’m not tearing up my fretboard as I file the ends.

Well, this changed my expectations for what a cheapskate hobbiest could do so I also ordered the fret leveling file and the double-edge fret file to smooth the frets once leveled.

I’m super excited where this project is going now. I’m still having fun because it’s easier to “get it right” with the right tools. I’m glad I’ve gone this route, but knowing what I now know, I highly recommend purchasing the essential fretting tool set as that’s what I’m doing piece by piece and super excited with these tools.

5.0

Expensive but a great tool...

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I bought this because my old one had worn ou. ...I needed it!

5.0

Great cut

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Nice tool, but only for nickel frets material.

5.0

Formidable outil

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Pince coupante de très bonne qualité qui coupe avec netteté les frets.
Excellent outil

5.0

Cannot do without it

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My new Fret Cutter is essential to all my fret work; my old Fret Cutter lasted through 10 years of pounding. Though it's chewed up and can't be used for fret work anymore, I now use it for pulling roll pins under the fret board; it has just enough grip.

5.0

Fretting easier

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A solid pair of cutters that I feel will have many years of service at the fret bench. Cuts close and much cleaner than regular end nippers will. Yet another tool from Stew-Mac that i am completly happy with.

5.0

Great improvement in clean cutting.

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Takes the worry out of squeezing the end of the wire. Nice clean cut reduces time to finish fret ends.

5.0

Great Tool

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The fret cutter gets very close to the neck and makes a very clean cut. This saves time later in the filing and sanding stage. When a couple of my frets did not seat properly, the cutter also doubles as a nifty fret puller.

5.0

Great tool

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Hugh time saver

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