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Fret Saw

Fret Saw

Item # 5744
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$41.98

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Fret Saw and Depth Stop

Fret Saw and Depth Stop

Item # 5745
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$49.75

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Depth Stop for Fret Saws

Depth Stop for Fret Saws

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StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box with Fret Saw

StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box with Fret Saw

Item # 2231
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Fret Saw

About This Item

Our Fret Slotting Saw has a rigid brass spine, and a comfortable traditionally-turned hardwood handle with ferrule. It looks right at home on a luthier's workbench.

Sheffield steel blade.
Make no mistake: this is NOT a standard hardware megamart backsaw! We started with a blade of legendary corrosion-resistant Sheffield steel, and specified .023" width to match our fretwire. We insisted on precision pull-cut teeth, to greatly reduce blade flex and jamming in harder fingerboard woods. Lastly, we designed an easy to use, removable clear acrylic depth stop. It slides up or down, with thumbscrews to precisely set any fret slot depth.

And one more thing: this saw works seamlessly with our Fret Slotting Miter Box.

The acrylic Depth Stop can be adjusted to expose as much as 1/4" of the blade, and is removable for cutting off the ends of a blank fingerboard.

Overall length 15-1/4" (387.35mm)
Cutting length 10" (254mm)
Blade depth 1-3/4" (44.45mm)


Cut accurate 90-degree slots when you use the saw with our Fret Slotting Miter Box. Add a Fret Scale Template and you'll never miscalculate your fret positions.


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5.0

Fret saw oh fret saw

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After fretting 50 or so cigar box guitars with a coping saw and having to use super glue to keep the frets in, the proper sized slot makes it so much easier. Wish I got the saw 49 guitars ago.

5.0

fret saw

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This is the only way to go.

5.0

My First Mountain Dulcimer Build

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I have 7 Mountain Dulcimers, can't have just one, but wanted to make a Tennessee Music Box. I had enough scrap wood laying around but did not have a saw to cut grooves thin enough for frets. I did not have any Fret Wire and did not want to use paper clips so I ordered the Fret Saw and Fret Wire from Stewart-MacDonald. I figured out the VSL I wanted and use the fret chart on their web site and I could not be any happier . Everything came out perfect. Fast service and great products.Thank you Stewart McDonald.

3.0

Could be easily improved

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The saw itself is nice. My problem is with the depth stop. It works fine when cutting frets on a squared blank, but if you use it to clean out frets on a fret board that has a radius, the slides on the depth stop do not allow it to go low enough. So, for example, if you use this tool on a pre-slotted StewMac fret board that has undergone a little surface prep, the depth stop will permit you to cut almost clear through the fret board. Not good.

The solution is obvious and cost-free -- I wish SM would tweak the depth stop to make it more adjustable and versatile.

5.0

Won't Use Anything Else! 

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The fret saw and optional depth guide is the perfect tool to cut fret slots to the exact width and depth required. Worth its' weight in gold!

5.0

fret saw

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great service,great product.

5.0

fret saw

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this is a quality tool.It should last a lifetime in my home shop

4.0

Good saw

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Great saw just wish it had a hard shell case to store in.

5.0

Nice tool

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Works well and very good price

5.0

Fret Saw

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Theres no other like this in the market, it has a very durable sharp.

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