Japanese Fret Saw, Saw and depth stop

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Our most efficient saw for fret slots! Handmade, each saw cuts on the pull-stroke. This traditional design reduces blade flex and jamming as you saw the slot.

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Japanese Fret Saw, Saw and depth stop

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Our most efficient saw for fret slots! Handmade, each saw cuts on the pull-stroke. This traditional design reduces blade flex and jamming as you saw the slot.

A StewMac exclusive.
The craftsmanship and efficiency of traditional handmade Japanese woodworking saws are legendary. We are pleased to offer a unique example made specifically for cutting fret slots, complete with easy depth-of-cut adjustment. This is our smoothest, most efficient handsaw for fret work—it cuts FAST!

The thumbscrew-adjustable clear acrylic Depth Stop slides up and down for precise control of fret slot depth. It's removable for cutting off the ends of a blank fingerboard, or for use with our Fret Slotting Miter Box.

SAVE when you order our unique Fret Slotting Miter Box with your saw, and enjoy the most versatile fret slotting solution for the small shop.

TIP: The blade features extremely sharp teeth, with precise .023" kerf to match our fretwire. Because it cuts faster than a standard fret saw, it must be held perpendicular to the fretboard. If not, you can quickly cut a wider slot than you expect. We recommend our Fret Slotting Miter Box for keeping the saw in proper alignment.

Overall length 19-3/4" (501.65mm)
Cutting length 9-3/4" (247.65mm)
Blade depth 1-3/4" (44.45mm)
Rigid nickel-plated brass spine
Comfortable traditional bamboo handle

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.

Need help calculating your fret locations?
Our online fret scale calculator can calculate any scale length you want to use. It will also give you accurate measurements for locating the bridge on your instrument.

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Japanese Fret Saw, Saw and depth stop

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First Time Fetter

By Layne guitars from Utah
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 12, 2012

I used this fret saw on my first cigar box guitar build. Very happy with the results. Love the Stewie Mac website for all the archives and free info. Thanks for all your help.

The best!

By Jack's Workshop from Farmers Branch,Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 11, 2012

For cutting frets, this is the best fret saw. I highly recommend to all who want to do it right the first time.

The new Japanese fret saw

By Anthony Curro from Westminster,co
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 06, 2012

This saw is the fastest,smoothest cutting hand fret saw I have ever used. Hands down the best.

love this saw and miter box

By Owensby's Custom Woodworks from Northwest Indiana, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 21, 2011

after the initial setup, this miter box and saw makes fret slotting a lot less menacing of a task. when used in conjunction with the fret scale templates, making slotted fretboards becomes a no brainer.

Fast it is!

By Tate Chmielewski from Louisville, KY
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I cut slots in alot of fretboards mostly rosewood and was using the other fret saw until I saw this new one. The difference is huge! much much faster cutting and fret wire seems to knock in much easier.
I'd say if you're going between wanting to get the other one or this.. get this one!


By p gaudreau from canada
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 18, 2011


Fret saw of my dreams.

By David Newton from Beaumont, Tx
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 20, 2011

I've used a miter box and back-saw for 35 years. Now I can crack out that "high dollar" fret board wood and have confidence that I won't futz it up on the very last fret.
Sure, it takes some time on the first set-up to get it just right, but when it is right, I can cut quicker and more accurately than ever before. The saw is so sharp it cuts the hardest wood without sweat.

Good saw, but...

By Filip from Romania
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I bought the complete saw and miter box system. What I can say is that it's a very good saw, but that miter box could be improved cause it took me about one hour to set it just right.It's a nightmare to have all that brass pieces aligned vertically and horizontally.

Japanese Fret Saw

By christer jonsson from brunflo,j+ñmtland,sweden
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 11, 2011

When I made my last guitar it became a bit wood left after my neck. So I decided to make a small gutar with a small neck.I used your fret calculator and purched your fret saw.I must say it worked very good and i¦m very satisfied with this tool.I`ve monted a fishman preamp for ukelele and an undersaddle pickup.Maby it`s something for you to pick up in your cataloge?

Saw and depth stop

By Brido from Cooranbong. Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 22, 2011

Totally delighted with the Japanese saw system. It only takes a minute or so to get used to "pulling" the saw and then you are away with a neat clean cut.

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