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.

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Guitar Repair Vise

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Guitar Repair Vise

Dan Erlewine shows how we've customized our Guitar Repair Vise for instrument work.

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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 a 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.

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!

Trade Secrets! Newsletter

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.

Trade Secrets! Newsletter

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.

Trade Secrets! Newsletter

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?

Product Instructions

Guitar Repair Vise Installation Instructions

Set up directions for the Guitar Repair vise.

Ratings & Reviews

Guitar Repair Vise

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Nice piece of equipment

By Jonathan Ward from North Carolina
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 06, 2012

I was a little concerned about manufacturing quality control issues upon reading some of the earlier reviews of this vise. The fact is, quality control in Asian manufacturing operations can be spotty until you get proper procedures in place and have appropriate supervision. Judging by the vise I received a few weeks ago, any earlier manufacturing issues have been rectified.

Careful inspection of this vise reveals careful assembly and close tolerances. Mechanical action is smooth and tight. Nor worries about this vise. It's a useful, high-quality shop item.

Great Vise - Excellent Customer Service.

By T. Dutra from Georgia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Received the vice and had an issue opening the vice more than half way. The crank wheel would stick. Customer Service sent me out a new vise strait away and it's working great.


By Gusty from Ro
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 10, 2012

This is a very useful and quality vise. Paddles not perfect grip, I had to insert some washers to adjust.

Nice Vise

By Carey from Philadelphia
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, June 04, 2012

Not sure what some of the other reviewers are complaining about - this vice does exactly what I need it to do - holds the guitar securely in place while I work on it. It was very easy to mount to the workbench and seems solidly constructed.

Useful, heavy, solid, vise

By tb from Portland OR
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I had mixed feelings when ordering this vise due to the mixed reviews. A few very poor reviews really make you wonder what you're getting into.

I've had good luck with all other stewmac purchases and tools, however, and knew if there was an issue I'd be taken care of, so I ordered the tool.

It weighs about 40lbs and ships double-boxed. It arrived in good condition and was easy to setup.

Based on other reviews I did partially disassemble the vise and clean up paint overspray as well as add lubricant to all parts.

No issues with missing parts, assembly, or functionality. I've had 4-5 guitars on the bench and mounted\held by the vise in numerous positions so far. No marring, scratching, or other related finish issues to report. The jaws are soft enough to protect your work and hard enough to keep a good grip on it.

If you do a lot of work on the bench and need a solid extra hand to help out, this is a good tool. It does take up a lot of space on the bench so plan your placement well. If you have limited workspace the vise can easily be removed in about 20 seconds.

Guitar Repair Vise

By Neil L from Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 20, 2012

The first vise I received was a real disappointment as it was hard to move with one hand. Stewmac were straight onto this and sent me a replacement which is smoother, but not really up to the standard I was hoping for. In hindsight I would not pay the $200 plus for shipping to Australia again. The vise will surely last and will do the job for which it is designed I'm sure, hence the 3 stars but it is definitely not built to exacting tolerances. Thanks stewmac for excellent customer service, but would look for a better factory to develop this idea and maybe charge a little more for a quality product.

It's OK but don't expect too much

By GolfSteve from Calgary, AB, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The vise is about what I expected from reading previous reviews. Rough castings, low quality machining, and bad paint job. I took the vice heads off, cleaned paint off the machined surfaces, and lightly sanded the rough spots where the machining was poor and regreased. This improved the action of the rotating heads quite a bit. Ensure you keep the adjusting nuts just slightly less than snug. Anything less than snug and the vice faces will not seat properly when the vise is closed and anything more than snug and the vise faces will not rotate to self-align.

The casting of my vise handle is particularly rough, but it works. My vise does not appear to have the bearing labelled #2 on the Stewmac picture (the roller bearing on the handle shaft). Perhaps thereÆs a bearing inside the handle but I didnÆt take it apart to see.

My vise has a light gauge stamped steel baseplate/foot instead of the cast foot shown in the Stewmac picture.

Great vise

By c2 from SF bay area
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 23, 2012

Just like in the GUITAR REPAIR VICE video, you will finish your luthier tasks with a quickness and be partying down just like Disco Dan Erlewine.

Stew-Mac Guitar Repair Vise Uncranked

By Fred Evans from Seattle, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lotta money for a big red poorly designed and severely misrepresented guitar-damaging device. Not at all like Dan's, no. More like a Blacksmith's tool bending vise. The supposedly guitar-safe urethane pads are just a bit less damaging than the raw steel jaws. Screwed up a Hamer Artist Korina headstock first time out. Junk, pure and simple. If you've ever used a Real bench vise you'll know the action, build quality and manufacturing tolerances of the Stew-Mac vise won't do. I will send it back and I do not want a replacement. I still need a Guitar Repair Vise. This isn't it. I will not put my client's guitars even Near this thing! No. "Scrap Upon Delivery". Glad I didn't get the $400.00 version!

Multiple Use More than a Vise

By Ricki Leigh from Pennsylvania
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 20, 2012

I put a nylon string into the vise holding it by the neck it was perfect for doing fret work; especially the dressing. No Shop should be without one or two. Great job Stewmac
Ms Ricki Leigh

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