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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Not as advertised!

By Middleton Guitars from Southern California
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 29, 2011

Like a few others: First one was a train-wreck. Customer service apologized and was great to get me a second vise and pay shipping, but the second vise was also a lemon. I had to tear them both apart and swap parts to make one functional. Would not buy this product again. I paid the higher-price and chose this over competitors expecting a better product and not having to waste time getting it to work.

Great Vise

By BGMcAttee from DeWitt, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 14, 2011

This workout to be a great Guitar vise, It is bulky and heavy with a steel cross bar that made me nerves at first but placing a piece of leather on the cross bar gave me piece of mind.


By Linus a passion for guitars e.U. from Austria
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 08, 2011

The vise works well. But the best is the unbeatable service of Stewmac!
A Thanks to Matt Street.
Greetings Peter

Great Vise

By Eric T from West Richland, Wa
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 01, 2011

This is a really good vise and well worth the price, made my work so much easier.

That's better!

By Colin from Cumbria, UK
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thanks very much. The second vise is completely different - smooth to operate with one hand (an essential requirement as the other hand is holding the guitar!) Thanks to all at Stewmac - my faith is restored!

Works Great

By Spider Web Music from Howland- Warren, Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, June 20, 2011

This is one of the most used tools in the shop. We use it for holding necks and bodies in different angles. It is simply a gun stock vice adapted to work with guitars. -Matt Dreher

Best bang for my buck!!

By DAM Guitars from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 30, 2011

I looked around at other vises and this price was by far the cheapest but only in price!! I can't believe I lived without this in my shop!!!

That extra pair of hands you always wanted.

By Gerry A. from Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 29, 2011

I've put off buying this because of the cost of shipping it to Australia but finally bit the bullet and got one. On receiving it I found it wasn't as smooth as the one in the demo video having to turn the round handle using my whole hand rather than turning the removable handle with just my fingers. I sent an email to the service dept asking for advice on how to make the action a bit smoother and they responded immediately saying that they will send another to me at no cost. Received the second in three days and it worked as smoothly as the one in Dan's video. Excellent tool and excellent service.

Not at all like Dan's vice in the video

By Colin from Cumbria, UK
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 07, 2011

I reckon I got the one the first guy sent back - it fits the description exactly. The loose and sloppy action will not wind smoothly using the crank handle. One jaw does not swivel properly, even with the top nut slackened right off. I'd have returned it but live in UK.

Shipping already cost me over $90 so sending it back is not a proposition. It will hold a guitar but it's not easy to use - this is a poorly made vise. Other stuff from Stewmac has been great but right now, I'm NOT HAPPY!

Not as advertised.

By Jerhico Guitars from Altona, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, April 25, 2011

First, a little about me. I was a mechanic for many years. My father has been a mechanic his entire life (60 years) and worked at dealerships and continued his training as technology advanced, and now owns a respected repair shop in town. Since I learned everything from him throughout years of "field work" I can say that I'm fully qualified to assess the quality of this vise.

I have used many good quality tools and this isn't one of them, even after a proper setup and lube. The manufacturing tolerances are too broad which makes this vise have loose action with a rickety, cheap feel. The bearing does nothing. I removed and reinstalled mine with no difference in feel. The vise is not smooth. By the way, I was unhappy with the first one, so they sent me a replacement that was of equally bad quality. So its not that I happen to get a dud. After about 8 hours of mixing and matching parts from the two vises I ended up with something I would call acceptable. Still not 100 percent smooth action though.

If you have good mechanical skills then you may be able to make an OK vise from one or two of these like I did. I think next time I'll just get a gunstock carving vise.

So, after receiving 2 of these within the last week, both of which were very disappointing, I would have to think that none of these vises are able to come close to the description given by stew mac. Its just too poor of quality.

Don't let this review discourage you from buying from stew mac. They offer a variety of good and super-handy tools. I own many of them and will buy more. Also, they have superb customer service. I just don't like the quality of this vise or how its advertised.

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