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Our original handheld fret press!
Jaws was developed by our own Dan Erlewine, a master teacher of fretting techniques. It gives you finer control over the pressure needed to seat a fret into the slot — you can actually feel it seating! It eliminates complicated clamping setups, so your press-in fret jobs go faster. Original Jaws utilizes the same 2-1/2" radius brass inserts as our other Jaws tools.

Jaws is a professional fretting tool with a self-leveling upper caul that adjusts easily to any neck. It includes five interchangeable 2-1/2" brass inserts, grooved to fit over the fretwire crown. The inserts match popular fretwire radii: 7-1/4", 9-1/2", 12" and 16", and a special 6"-radius insert holds down the fret ends for gluing. Additional radii are available.

Jaws is a durable steel tool that's easily adjustable. It has a 4-position coarse opening adjustment, plus fine thumbwheel adjustment for clamping pressure. A clamp release lever unlocks the tool. Jaws opens to approximately 2-1/2" (63.50mm) to accommodate any instrument neck.

Why press frets? Pressing the frets can save time and produce more consistent results. That's why it's the method that's widely used in guitar production. Pressed-in frets are less likely to have loose ends and uneven heights, because there's none of the recoil produced by hammer blows.

All Jaws fret presses are designed to work with our grooved brass fret press inserts. The inserts fit over the fretwire and are interchangeable to match popular fretwire radii. More from the Jaws collection:

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Hammering frets over an unsupported acoustic guitar top is risky! Jaws2 has special soundhole cauls and a self-leveling upper caul that take the stress off the guitar top, so you can safely press the frets into place. More...

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4 9-24-2013
Smart design

I bought the jaws as all my necks have compound radii. I made a sort of a tool myself but did not work as well as I needed. With the jaws, I work much faster and get better results. Only two but's: tool is a bit too cumbersome to use and unfortunately, I find it expensive, otherwise I'd had 2 or 3 more!

Salvador  Tarragona, Spain Read my reviews (5)
5 8-08-2013
Easier than expected

I used this on my first re-fret. Didn't have any problems at all and didn't even practice on junk first. This is a must for a set neck guitar.

R J Adams  Waynesboro, Va Read my reviews (8)
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5 12-11-2012
A really great tool

While I won't hesitate to hammer in frets when I need to, the Jaws press has become my go-to fretting tool. Using it as a clamp when gluing frets doubles its value, and being able to fret a neck while in the neck jig can be so helpful when compression fretting.

Dogwood Guitars  Kansas City, MO Read my reviews (26)
5 8-24-2012
Get one! Now! Please! For your own sake!!

These tool is the best tool i could have got for fretting. It is way beyond what i expected.

I wasn't really shure of these purchase.

But trust me when i say this is one of the best purchases i've ever made. Fretting is so easy and safe with Jaws. Like cutting butter. And they are so easy to use.

I'm very happy with my fretting pliers. I hope Jaws II are as great as Jaws. Worth every penny.

Mario Gabinho Cárdenas Vega  México Read my reviews (17)
4 8-19-2012
Jaws Comment

Finally purchased Jaws after much thought and hammering frets (for years). At first we found it difficult to operate. It takes a learning curve.It's easier as a clamping tool for sure.
However, after the learning curve we're more confident about Jaws where at first we were dicey.
Stewmac's video make it look so simple, but the instructions are clear and suggest trial before actual:Good advice.
In sum, this will be a useful tool.

MED  Delray, FL Read my reviews (37)
5 8-17-2012
Buying the license for a perfect fret job

I repeatedly looked at these and scoffed at the price- "for a glorified pair of vice grips", I thought... But I saw the ends of enough frets pop out of the slots as I tried to hammer them in, and decided finally to spend the dough. I IMMEDIATLY started seating frets perfectly. I now justify the cost like this: I bought the tool for $40, and the "perfect fret job" license for $200, and it was worth it!
Now if only it did the upper frets as easily as the lower ones...

danharr  USA
5 6-28-2012
Must have tool especially for rookie fretters

For the price of an expert fret job for one guitar, this tool enables you to do your own work with the fastest and most correct results a beginner can expect. If you have a 'guitar family', now you can install frets quickly and efficiently. After 3-4 tries on 'test necks', your whole technique evolves with practice, and I now am confident that I can handle most any fret job, for a six string, anyway.

Travis Bickle  Melbourne, FL
5 4-19-2012
Good Jaws

A well-designed. Strong. Saves time. I like this tool a lot.

okokguitar  Songkhla Thailand Read my reviews (4)
5 3-14-2012

I had been fretting with a hammer and this changed everything. Every fret job since has been flawless and faster than before. A real must for any busy shop.

Dr. Rox - Guiatr Repair Shop  Moncton, NB, Canada
5 1-25-2012
Pince à refretter

Très bel outil d'excellente qualité et facile d'utilisation. Je le trouvai trop cher! Mais après l'avoir reçu je n'ai pas regretté cet achat! Au contraire je recommande cet outil! En plus Stemac à un service d'expédition impressionnant de rapidité et d'efficacité! Bravo!

Domblo  France Read my reviews (5)
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