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Fret/Fingerboard Levelers

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Fret/Fingerboard Levelers 8" length

8" length

Item # 4577
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$41.88

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Fret/Fingerboard Levelers 16" length

16" length

Item # 4578
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$54.44

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Fret/Fingerboard Levelers 24" length

24" length

Item # 4579
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$85.45

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Fret/Fingerboard Levelers

About This Item

Precision-ground for flatness.
Fast, accurate leveling tools for the pro shop.

Each heavyweight rectangular 1" x 2" steel tube is precision-ground for flatness on the narrow sides. Attach abrasive to quickly level frets or level an unfretted fingerboard. The tool's edges are smooth to prevent gouging.

Available in three lengths, to level any fingerboard.

Roger Sadowsky, ace builder and repairman, wrote us to say:
"I have been leveling fingerboards and frets for 30 years and thought I was pretty set in my ways. However, I have recently tried the 16" steel levelers (#4578) and man, talk about teaching an old dog new tricks! My fingerboards have never been better, and they work much better than files for leveling frets. Thank you again, StewMac!!!"

Cut and stick!
3M Stikit Gold Paper Self-adhesive Abrasives are the right width for our leveling and radius sanding tools. Attach 80 through 220-grits for radiusing and leveling the fingerboard, and 220 through 400-grits for leveling the frets.

Works on stainless frets, too!
All of our tools are suitable for use on stainless-steel fretwire, with the exception of our Fret Tang Nippers. Modern stainless-steel fretwire is known to be harder than the traditional nickel-silver blends, but our own shop experience indicates the wire does not cause premature wear of files or sandpapers.


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5.0

A whole lot of uses

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I’ve had it for a week and found a multitude of uses. Well worth the money, and very sturdy.

5.0

Oh Yeah! Dead-flat Stew-Mac 16" Leveler improves my professional reputation...

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A local player asked me to level the frets on his cherished 1990s Gibson SG. This guy is an accomplished, but picky player. He insisted that I show him how I level and then dress the frets -I actually don't like customers looking over my shoulder while I work.

For ages I had used short, wide diamond files and let's say "It worked OK". I always had a hard time leveling frets and never felt comfortable doing it.

Now my world has changed using the new leveler and 3M StikIt sand paper: The customer first commented on the weight of the tool and when he saw the StewMac logo, he asked to try leveling the frets himself. No hand pressure is required with this tool because of its weight and after a few gentle passes with the new leveler, we proceeded with 300 grit paper and then to crowning and polishing the frets with great results. The customer treated me to an impromptu Ingwie Malmsteen solo on his rejuvenated Gibson SG frets. Follow-up question: Is anyone aware of a tool for scalloping fingerboards?

5.0

Very nice!

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As level as you would expect it. In addition, it's quite heavy . I really like it. Very nice

5.0

Solid, easy and fast levelling tool

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Did hours and hours of research on fret and fingerboard levelling. Many people said don't do it unless you have lots of experience and tons of the right tools. Worried for weeks about doing the job on my own. Delayed getting started. Didn't want to screw up my vintage LP. A lot of fear precipitated the job. After loading the sandpaper onto the 8" leveller, I got to work. 83 seconds later I was done. Whaaat?!?!?!?

5.0

Precision Flat

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My 16in Leveler arrived with a gouge on the surface. Customer service was great. Replaced it ASAP. Return went smoothly. Very happy with the final result.

5.0

More uses than just leveling frets!

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I bought this a few years ago for fret jobs and have leveled quite a few fret boards with this beam. Heavy duty as hell and the weight does the work for you. When I got into constructing bodies, I learned about the challenges of surface leveling after you join your wood and thickness plane it. Body blanks have to be completely flat and true in order to produce the most desirable finish. A drum sander would solve this issue for most but who has a grand laying around? Enter the leveling beam. I use the adhesive sand paper on the wide sides to level out my blanks before I start my routes and shaping. Back and forth with the grains until the pencil scribble has disappeared. Has been a tremendous help for me and takes the guess work out of leveling my blanks. Invaluable tool.

5.0

Nice tool, ugly logo

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Verified Buyer


The fit and finish of this leveling beam is very nice.

5.0

Fret/Fingerboard Leveler

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Verified Buyer


This is a well made precision toll that we use on our fret leveling procedure. It is very high quality and what you would expect from Stew-Mac

5.0

Very goooood!

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Verified Buyer


Very goooood! tank you

5.0

Sweet Precision 

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I must admit, I was tempted to try to find a cheaper solution on Ebay. After looking at left over junk from someone's metal shop I had an epiphany, Now is not a good time to clown around. Precision work demands precision tools. This thing is so sweet I shed a small tear the moment I held it.

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