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StewMac Fish Glue

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StewMac Fish Glue

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Like hide glue, with additional advantages
Fish glue is a traditional woodworking glue with a strong bond that dries crystal-hard like hide glue.

High tack and long working time
Fish glue is tacky when wet, not slippery. This helps to hold parts in place while you clamp or apply rubber bands. The long 30-minute working time is convenient, too. Cure time: 12 hours.

No mixing, no heating
Fish Glue is ready to use right out of the bottle at room temperature. No mixing or heating needed.

Reactivates with water
Water reactivates dried fish glue, making the joint tacky again for reworking.

    Features:
  • High strength
  • Long working time
  • Water clean-up
  • Non-flammable, non-toxic

Storage tip
To get the most out of your glue, repairman Flip Scipio recommends keeping a main bottle stored in the fridge, and transferring to a smaller dispenser bottle as needed.

"If refrigerated, Fish Glue has a virtually indefinite shelf life. The cold prevents bacteria from forming, but also causes the glue to thicken. It needs to sit at room temperature for about an hour to return to normal viscosity."
Flip Scipio, master guitar repairman

If ever in doubt about a glue's freshness, test it on scrap to be certain that it dries hard.

8 oz. bottle


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5.0

Great for repairs

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I've been using this glue for repairs and I really like. It's tacky so parts don't slip and the glue line hides well.

5.0

StewMac Fish Glue

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Verified Buyer


Great product,, does what it should,, easy to use ,,,

5.0

It's glue, it doesn't smell like fish!

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Verified Buyer


Seriously, I don't have that much experience but just finished my first bridge/bridge plate replacement using this stuff and it seemed very easy to work with, and (so far) the job is holding up very well.

2.0

Fish glue is for fishes

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Verified Buyer


Bought the glue to re-attach a bride plate. It was easy to work with -- but the plate pulled loose after putting strings on the guitar. I did some additional prep work and
I re-did it with some generic titebond and so far that has held it.

So, at this point, I'm not impressed with the fish glue.

I have another project coming up later -- I'll give it one more try.

:-(

5.0

Good stuff

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Verified Buyer


I bought a bottle of this to try. I'm quite pleased with it. It has very high tack and grips well when assembling parts.
I haven't tried taking a glued joint apart yet. For now I'll continue to use hot hide glue on the neck-to-body joint, and maybe for the braces, but I'll probably us this stuff for just about evgerything else.
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5.0

I have an advantage with hot hide glue, but fish glue has more & always been a great alternative! 

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I live in an insanely hot climate so, if take my work outdoors my working time with hot hide glue increases over working out in an unheated garage, in Wisconsin. I can lay some hot halogen lamps over my bench, and have those heating things up but the fish swim bladder glue is neat stuff especially when you know what you can get away with. It will soften and stick to itself, so you can layer in gouged out tops, and you have a nice work time to align parts plug pin holes with Teflon wrapped dowels and get your clamps on. It's just really great stuff. It has a fantastic mechanical bonding property with wood, horn and other materials. There are better fish glues out there, but the best ones use swim bladders from fish that are endangered species, and that makes those glues expensive and their use rather questionable. I assume this glue uses Asian Croaker fish bladders. You still get one heck of a good bond with it, though, and no hurried work to get things lined up plugged, cauled, jigged and clamped.

5.0

StewMac Fish Glue

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Verified Buyer


My first use was to reset a banjo dowel stick. From what I can tell, this stuff holds with a death grip.

5.0

The favorite glue of myself, and now my team!

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Verified Buyer


I had been a long-time Hot Hide Glue user for years, as they extolled its virtues significantly while I attended luthiery school. The worst parts of hot hide glue, however, are major detractors: it must be prepared to be used, and more significantly, the open working time is incredibly short. Essentially, it's a tool with a rather steep learning curve.

This stuff is amazing! In my use, I've found it's every bit as good as HHG, without those two detracting points. I was very skeptical at first (I'm one of those jerks that uses HHG but refuses to use pre-bottled Hide Glue); I glued some bits of scrap together and stored them up in the warehouse for a while, expecting the unrestrained temperatures over the year to do a number on it. What a bear it was to separate the glued-together scraps! The wood failed before the joint did.

I store it in the fridge, and when I'll need to use it I let it sit out for an hour or so to come to room temp, and it's good to go. Bridge reglues, neck breaks, fingerboard separation, loose braces; The artists I serve are world-touring professionals, and this glue has allowed my team to tackle almost any repair the world decides to throw at them. I have some guys on my team that are lifelong Aliphatic Resin users, and they flipped their lids at (1) how good this glue is and (2) that, like HHG, it's water soluble and cleans up as easy as you please. I still keep my HHG pot on my workbench as it still has its uses, especially when I want a very thin-viscosity batch of glue, but I find myself having to cook up a batch only about 1/10th the number of times I used to. This Fish Glue is now my go-to glue and it hasn't failed me a single time yet.

5.0

Awesome prouct!

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Verified Buyer


The glue is awesome and easy to use!

5.0

Repair or building

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Verified Buyer


This is very good quality with high adhesion, I haven't tried to disassemble but the tack time is very long maybe 60-90 seconds. I used fish glue along time ago in another application and had good results with it then.

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