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Fretting Hammer

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Our well-balanced dual-face hammer has become a standard tool for fretwork.

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  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
4895 Hammer with plastic and brass faces Yes

4896 7/8" Replacement plastic face Yes

4897 7/8" Replacement brass face Yes

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The aluminum head is threaded for two replaceable striking surfaces: a low-dent plastic flat face with smooth edges, and a brass convex face that's radiused for installing frets. Sturdy hardwood handle.

Head striking surface diameter 7/8" (22.23mm)
Overall length of the head 2-3/4" (69.85mm)
Handle length 9-1/2" (241.30mm)

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 and Fret Cutters. 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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A fret hammer was one of the first lutherie tools Erick Coleman ever bought, and it's still an essential in his shop. In this issue of Trade Secrets, he shows how to use it.

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Fretting Hammer
Fretting Hammer
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5 4-01-2014
Not just a fretting hammer

Its perfect for fretting with the brass end but I use the plastic end all the time for tapping things loose on delicate parts. Its not a framing hammer so don't expect that. Its small, but works great. And you can replace the faces since they screw out. One tip: pull the faces off as soon as you get it and wrap them a time or two with teflon tape then screw them back in. This will keep the faces from rattling loose during use.

Pacific North Coast Guitars  Washington USA Read my reviews (39)
5 9-12-2013
The correct one

Good model; You can replace the main parts.

pablopuerto  Chile Read my reviews (16)
5 9-04-2013
Simple and effective.

Perfect weight and design for fretting on most any instrument! A must have for any aspiring Luthier or repair shop.

XevKai  St.Clair Shores, Michigan Read my reviews (11)
5 5-18-2013
Loose your other hammers!!

This may just seem like any hammer you may buy some other place. But believe me this is the fret hammer you need. It is just the right size and weight and design. Larry Threet, Luthier, Lexington SC

Larry Threet  Lexington, SC Read my reviews (10)
5 5-06-2013
A comfortable fret hammer

After having this hammer for several years I received a gift of a fret hammer from another supplier. I tried the new hammer once and came back to this one. It is just the right size for me and I love that StewMac offers replacement faces. The head has gotten loose and needed attention a couple of times but it is still hands down my favorite fret hammer.

justinarts  West Texas, USA Read my reviews (35)
5 3-21-2013

For good job on fret board, this version is more better than the new version, because the two sides are replaced.

Carlos GirĂ³n  Ny Read my reviews (28)
5 1-26-2013
Perfect size and weight

Perfect size and weight for my liking. I like the plastic face better than the brass one

GuitarMechanic  Read my reviews (6)
5 10-05-2012
Fretting hammer

Great handling, pleasure to use. The two way hammer option is a fantastic design. Highly recommend to any one embarking on fret work.

Ben oyster  Sydney Read my reviews (2)
5 9-18-2012
Cute little hammer

Just the right weight and balance for the job.

Greg Robinson - Guitar & Amplifier Technician  Melbourne, Australia Read my reviews (54)
5 9-13-2012

the hammer is just the right size, and works great

bluesplayerx  ca Read my reviews (9)
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