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Guitar Repair Vise

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Guitar Repair Vise

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The luthier's favorite vise is even easier to use, thanks to custom modifications: bearing-smooth operation, fast crank handwheel, and urethane/hardwood swivel jaws.

Custom modifications make it the best!
Don't mistake our vise for one of the many copycats! We've customized our Guitar Repair Vise to give it bearing-smooth operation that you won't find elsewhere. Turn the fast-crank handwheel and you'll immediately feel the difference.

Customized four ways:
1. Fast-crank handwheel with removable handle
2. Roller bearings for fast smooth opening/closing
3. Protective urethane surfaces on custom hardwood jaws
4. Nylon-core adjustable tension nuts control 360° jaw rotation

A good vise is the central hub of your workshop. Every repair or building job benefits from a solid, secure vise, and if it's actually a pleasure to use that's all the better!

Our Guitar Repair Vise is 32 pounds of steel that rotates full-circle to position the work for comfortable access. Each inch-thick hardwood jaw rotates too, with forgiving urethane surfaces to hold instruments of any shape/any size. This vise holds the tapered angles of a neck securely without needing any shims. Nylon-core adjustment nuts set the tension on the rotating jaws, so you can let them spin loosely or hold their angle. The vise jaws open to a maximum of 6" (15.24cm).

We've built in a roller bearing so the vise opens and adjusts smoothly - and added a crank handle to make it speedy. (The handle's conveniently removable, too.)

The sturdy base can be installed under your workbench for 8" vise height, or on top for 9-3/4" height. The threaded mounting rod and large wingnut mount the vise quickly on any benchtop up to 4-1/2" thick. Use a 11/16" bit to make a clean hole through your bench.

Extra parts for the Guitar Repair Vise available.
Replacement parts for your vise and upgrading older vises.


SAVE when you order the Vise and ShopStand together!

ShopStand and Guitar Repair Vise Set is the perfect combo to set up your vise to be a sturdy, 360-degree swiveling money saver!


Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Hot tip: A new way to use your guitar repair vise

Compact, low-profile guitar repair setup: Dan Erlewine removes the mounting base and bolts his StewMac Guitar Repair vise to the end of his bench, for a new low-angle working style. Also: a quick tour of Dan's customized workbench.

Ideas for your shop: arranging your bench and vise

Where to put the workbench in your shop? And where to put the vise on that bench? Dan Erlewine's helps a friend with those questions in his new garage workshop.

New ways to use the Guitar Repair Vise

In this issue of Trade Secrets, Dan makes his Guitar Repair Vise sit up and roll over. Who knew cast iron could be so flexible?

Instructions

Product Instructions

Guitar Repair Vise Installation Instructions

Set up directions for the Guitar Repair vise.

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5.0

A must-have for guitar workbench 

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I started repairing and restoring guitars about five years ago and finally built a workbench specifically designed for that purpose. I have bought a lot of tools and supplies from Stew Mac over the years so I have nearly everything I need to to pursue my passion for guitar work. This vice is absolutely a must-have for anyone who works on guitars on a regular basis. The ability to rotate the vice, makes it super-useful too. The only caution I have is make sure you have a good grip on the guitar neck before you loosen the vice. The steel tracks could really damage a neck if it drops onto the them. I speak from experience, but got lucky and didn't gouge the neck of the first guitar I used this for. I bought some adhesive-backed pads in the local hardware store and that adds a layer of protection in case that happens again. I love this vice and highly recommend it!

5.0

Guitar Repair Vises

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I bought one of these vises for my son who plays guitar. It was impressive how it held the guitar neck without damaging the finish due to it urethane pads and made precise adjustments possible with its well machined screw threads.
I then bought one for myself and have used it to secure flat fused glass plates without breaking in order to wrap it with copper foil prior to soldering. I expect it will work well on finished wood products I will work on in the future. Its overall weight is good to anchor the projects.

5.0

Good addition to guitar shop

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Well made, sturdy vice. I have not had time to use it much as yet but first few uses were very positive. A definite major improvement over my previous vices. One note: the installation instructions call for a 5/8 in hole. This is rather snug and required some elbow grease with 80 grit to pass the threaded mounting rod. Consider using 21/32.

5.0

Great vice

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Works great like most things from Stuart McDonald.. really fast shipping

5.0

Firm but safe grip

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I purchased this after tearing up a nice piece of wood in my old vice's grips after one the protective blocks I applied slipped off. This vice is a great addition to any shop. It's smooth, well-made, and holds firm at most any angle on non-square pieces. Nice.

5.0

Saves space and time. 

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My work bench is one tool closer for fast repairs and more time to practice!!

5.0

Yeah, it's excellent

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I don't like to give 5 stars, but it's hard to find anything about this vise that's worth knocking off a full star. Heavy duty, well made, easy to use, works as advertised. It's not cheap, but it's worth what they charge for it. I would, however, recommend putting a piece of foam or other padding on top of the black rails below the clamp faces. Similar to what Dan shows in the video. Use a zip tie to hold it in place. There's so much range on the vice it's understandable why there's not built-in padding there. The issue is that if you have something in the vise and loosen it, whatever it is might drop sooner than you expect and get dinged up on the rails.

5.0

Awesome piece of equipment

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The most important, versatile, and most used tool in the shop !!

5.0

Amazing Vise!

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Installed my new vise on a freestanding Fisch Workmate Workbench. This way I can work around all sides. My first project was to glue on the back and install new tuners on a 40s Regal "cowboy guitar." The vise worked perfectly to hold the guitar with clearance to both front and back for clamping. While that was going on I could also work on the head to replace the tuners. Sweet!!! Love this thing already!

5.0

Solid and very smooth!

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Being a mechanical engineer I am a very selective about my tools. This is a very solid, heavy duty product, and did not disappoint me. Very smooth to work with and well designed. The StewMac vice videos offer lots of great ideas and are much appreciated too.Thanks!

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