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 saw with depth stop

By Alain from Zwijndrecht , Belgium
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 17, 2011


Used it on a few fingerboards with
fanned frets .Nice clean slots .

Japanese Fret Saw System

By Rhys' Guitars from Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I have just finished making my first guitar. I have an engineering background and was thinking about making the mitrebox myself but decided to buy Stewmac's mitrebox instead. I have used a number of different mitreboxes but this was by far the best design and quality. The saw was far better than I expected. It cuts fast and the cut is very fine. I thought it was a bit expensive to buy a saw just for the fingerboard but I have been able to use the saw for several other parts of the guitar too.

Unfortunately, I dropped something on my saw and it put a dent in the blade which means it doesn't work how it used to. Make sure you hang your saw or put it away in a safe place when you are not using it.

Great!

By Max Boderskov from +àrhus, Denmark
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 09, 2011


Used it on my recent project. The saw is great, and the miter box can be be adjusted to fit the saw or any other saw, which is great!

Beautiful Japanese Fret Saw!

By DiLorenzo from los osos ca.
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 15, 2011


I have used Japanese saws for 30 or so years now & when I saw one from Stew-Mac it was a no-brainer. To get away from the noise of power tools, I work by hand as much as possible. I built my own mitre box, because that was the easy part. I use a paper, CAD developed fret pattern in full size, spray glue it to the fret blank and cut away. The first time it took me only 40 minutes or so. The saw is very good quality, fast & very accurate. Thanks again Stew-Mac, I haven't been disappointed yet. "Doc" DiLorenzo / guitars & basses

Japanese Fret Saw System

By DiLorenzo from los osos ca.
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 15, 2011


I have used Japanese saws for 30 years or so, so when Stew-Mac offered one for fret work it was a no-brainer. I like to work by hand as much as possible to get away from the noise of power tools. It is fast, precise & cuts a perfect slot. I built my own hardwood mitre box because that part is quite simple. I use a full size CAD developed, fret pattern spray glued to the fret blank as a cutting guide. The accuracy is perfect. Thanks again Stew-Mac. "Doc" DiLorenzo guitars & basses

Great slot saw

By Steve Combs from Littleton, Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 24, 2011


Used with the miter box & fret scale template, it's an easy matter to get consistent fret slots. Better than that, tho, is that the saw has the right heft & stiffness to go back into the slot freehand and finish off ends to the proper depth after radiusing the fingerboard. A very nice tool.

Great saw

By elams1894 from New Zealand
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 20, 2011


Very sharp with smooth action. A must for neat accurate fret slots.

Easy to adjust and very accurate

By Grizzly from Oosthuizen, Netherlands
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, April 01, 2011


I ordered this Miter box with the Japanese Saw, together with a Fret Scale template for Classical Guitar. Ordered on Tuesday and everything arrived perfectly in order on Thursday with DHL.

Keep in mind that I live in Europe !!

Miter box and saw work very accurate and making a fretboard was never so easy.

Thanks, good job Stewmac.

Japanese Fret saw

By BAClark from Hamilton, Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 24, 2011


After struggling with the old standard saw I finally bought this and what a difference. Smooth and fast. It cut my sawing time by 50%

simply the best

By Ken of Gearside guitars from Brisbane  Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 17, 2011


the quickest and most accurate saw i have ever used

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