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

Item # 5756
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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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Great saw but...

By Metamatic from Malmoe, Sweden
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 30, 2011

A great saw blade that cut smooth and easy but the handle is awkward.

Great Saw for Refrets

By Nate Clark from Ithaca, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cuts fast and clean.

Very nice saw

By John Cross from Devon, Alberta
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, November 08, 2010

I just cut my first fretboard using this saw and it went much smoother than I was expecting. 5-7 easy strokes to get to the slot depth. I'm quite impressed.

Saw and Miter box

By dpowergutars from Round Rock, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 28, 2010

I really like the Japanese fret saw. It is precise, lightweight and easy to use. However, I did not like the miter box and will be returning it. First off it has up to 19 screws that might need to be adjust and secondly no height guage ruler to determine if both sides are evenly matched.

Its sharp, accurate and pull stroke, I'm just grinning

By papabird from England
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 29, 2010

PRO'S:- precise width 0.023 - Very sharp - pull stroke can't flex when cutting eg ebony .

CON'S:- very tall and long for me personally , I will carefully cut it down and get two saws out of it; one with a reduced plastic guide.

Girls and boys , you have to have one of these especially if stew mac offer us a smaller version,if not,very carefully cut it down to size. If it dulls quickly, I'll sharpen it, yes, i sharpen my tools.

japanese precision in my violas caipiras

By Borges from Araguari (Brazil)
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hi! This saw cuts precisely to make the fretboard of my violas, thanks to the Japanese, thanks to the STEWMAC.COM.

5756  Japanese Fret Saw and depth stop

By John Keys from Sydney, NSW, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 05, 2010

So far I have only used this saw and Depth stop to try and increase the depth on each side of a pre-slotted Fret Board after radiusing the board. I found the saw a little too harsh as it is too easy for this saw to cause wood chip/break away at the end of the slot, particularly on the pull side of the slot. This occurred on an ebony Fret Board, not sure if the same can occur on a rosewood FB. I also found that it tended to widen the slots on those slots that I worked on with this Saw. I am now very concerned that the Frets will be too loose on these particular slots. I was afraid to use it anymore and went back to an old Fret saw belonging to a professional Luthier friend. I guess it might work a little better with the miter box, but I would still be afraid to use it on an ebony board at this stage?

Miter box Great!, Jap. saw is not so impressive. 

By Colt W. Knight from South Charleston, WV 25309
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 29, 2010

After the miter box has been setup, fret slotting is a breeze when you use the scale templates. I find if I wedge the scale templates into the miter box with some small wood wedges the board will not move, allowing the saw to cut the appropriate size slots.

I gave this review a 4 out of 5. However, I would give the miter box and fret scale templats a 5.

The Japanese fret saw on the other hand I am dissapointed with. After using to build about 10-12 necks the saw is almost too dull to use, and I had to glue the handle onto the blade tang to keep it from falling off during use. I would give it 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Awsome saw!

By Elroy Alpaca from Abington, MA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 29, 2010

This is a very nice saw, make sure to get the depth guard for cutting fret slots, it cuts fast. Also I recomend a lutheriers' digital caliper to set the depth stop and measure fret distances from the nut. I want to get the mitre box soon. The handle is very comfortable and if you pop off the depth guard via the two thumb screws, you have a nice long sharp saw with a nice thin kerf, with many other uses.

Japanese Fret Saw and Miter Box

By Doug Corbino from Bentonville, AR
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 28, 2010

I just received and used the saw and box to slot my very first fretboard. It took me a little while to feel comfortable with my measurements to set the guide blocks, but once I got it set, it worked PERFACTLY! It was so easy, and kinda fun. I'm so glad I took the time to research and aquire the right products for my first slotting experience. It was just the kind of win I needed to keep me going! The only suggestion I have about the product, would be to incorporate some type of measuring system or marks for the guides.

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