Japanese Fret Saw and Depth Stop

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Japanese Fret Saw and Depth Stop

Japanese Fret Saw and Depth Stop

Item # 5756
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Japanese Fret Saw

Japanese Fret Saw

Item # 5755
In stock, ready to ship!


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Japanese Fret 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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(Customer's Reviews)

Just a great saw. The depth stop is simple and handy too. Only Japanese saws allowed in my workshop now!


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(Customer's Reviews)

I have bought more than ten of these over the years. I like the pull stroke, but they get dull too fast. Some times I get only 5-6 rosewood or ebony fretboards out of them before I have to use a new one.


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(Customer's Reviews)

Great saw, super sharp, it is perfect for your fret wire. I can fret a dulcimer fretboard in 30 minutes or less. With a homemade jig, it does a very neat job. Thanks to the depth stop, all cuts are uniform.

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