Fret Slotting Miter Box, Miter Box only

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Improved and smoother than ever! Big improvements in smoothness and efficiency make this exclusive StewMac tool the ideal fret slotting solution for small shops.

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Fret Slotting Miter Box, Miter Box only

Fret Slotting Miter Box, Miter Box only

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Fret Slotting Miter Box, Miter Box and #5755 Japanese Fret Saw

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Fret Slotting Miter Box, Miter Box and #5744 Fret Saw

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Improved and smoother than ever! Big improvements in smoothness and efficiency make this exclusive StewMac tool the ideal fret slotting solution for small shops.

Our R&D luthiers have added ball-bearing guides that make sawing impressively easier and a lot faster. No more binding or jamming: cutting fret slots is a pleasure instead of a chore!

SAVE when you order the miter box with our Fret Slotting Saw or Japanese Fret Saw.

"You won't believe how smoothly our improved fret slotting system works!"
—Don MacRostie, StewMac R&D

The ball-bearing guides hold your fret saw perpendicular to the fingerboard, and can be adjusted to match the blade precisely. You can quickly slot any board up to 3" (76.2mm) wide, with adjustable depth of cut for any fretwire. You always have an unobstructed view of your work, too—a feature you'll appreciate. Made of rugged aluminum and 12" (304.8mm) long, our miter box has convenient mounting holes for firm attachment to your workbench.

Note: Since the Miter Box only accommodates fingerboards up to 1/2" thick, it will not work for traditional Fender style one-piece necks, or one-piece cigar box guitar necks.

Saw precise fret scales without measuring. A special indexing pin in the side of the miter box is for use with our Dual Fret Scale Templates. They enable fast, easy and accurate fret slotting for common scales. No guesswork, no tedious measuring—a tremendous time-saver!

Product Instructions

Fret Slotting Miter Box

Using the Fret Slotting Miter Box to accurately cut fret slots with a fretting handsaw.

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Fret Slotting Miter Box, Miter Box only

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By JoeB from Bloomington, MN
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 29, 2012

I'm using this with the fret rules that lock into place, and the combo is incredible - dead accurate, and the ball-bearing roller guides are really smooth. Once you have this set up for slot depth, everything goes really quickly - my first fingerboard, a 24-fret bass, took less than 25 minutes. I ordered mine with the Japanese fret saw, which is awesome too.

The Best!

By Jay Strite from Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wow! Great tool. I am a Gunsmith by trade specializing in historical recreations and I am anal about tools. Stewmac out did themselves with this one. Quality can't be beat!

Way too expencive

By Yaron Naor from Bat Hefer, Israel
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I bought it because I didn't find something like it but the price is too high.

Excellent product

By Hepburn from New Albany, Indiana
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 12, 2012

Honestly, the best deal on Stewmac are the pre-slotted fretboards. But if you're like me and desire to select your own materials, than you can't beat the precision of this marvelous product.

Works great

By Jurwt from The Netherlands
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 12, 2012

Great way to cut fret slots. Very accurate and easy to use. Make sure the teeth of the saw don't get caught by the brass when moving the saw upwards.

Who wants to go back to the old way?

By Phil from Oz from Perth, West Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 24, 2012

It's all good top quality stuff. Well finished and easy to use.

I like the way the Fret Scale clicks into position positively and firmly, without a hint of slop. A well done piece of engineering on this small detail.

Worth the money

By Ron McQuarrie from NSW Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 23, 2012

I wondered whether I was being extravagant buying this tool but its worth every cent. Makes a tedious job much easier and you're less likely to ruin a whole fretboard when one slot ends up wrong.

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By Phil Samuels from Sheffield, UK
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 12, 2012

This is a relatively expensive, but astonishingly well-made and useful piece of kit for any guitar-maker. Keeps the saw square, upright and true, gives consistent depths across all the frets and most importantly, makes it impossible to cut a slot out of position. Simple to use, I slotted a perfect fretboard first time. You could waste a great deal of ebony and rosewood without one of these.

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By Doug G from NY
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 08, 2011

Does exactly what stew mac says it does.

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By Pat Green from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 04, 2011

I bought this a couple of years ago and I've used it for many fingerboards since.It has always produced very accurate fretboards in conjunction with the fret scale. (and fretting saw)It's very sturdy construction and I've screwed it to a large plank so that it can be solidly clamped to my workbench.In order to make sure the frets are at right angles to the axis of the FB I have placed tape at either end of the fret scale and marked out the centreline so that I can line up the fingerboard blank accurately.

I also practice on getting the correct depth for the fret slot on the first cut which defines the fingerboard length. To help with this I've drawn horizontal lines across the brass adjusters so I can tell easily if both are set to make a horizontal/vertical cut. Also I use a blank that is thicker than the finished board as I found that it is remarkably easy to break the fingerboard when unsticking it from the fret scale if you are using a FB you have already cut to thickness.

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