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Japanese Fret Saw

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Our most efficient saw for fret slots! Handmade, each saw cuts on the pull-stroke. This traditional design reduces blade flex and jamming as you saw the slot.

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5756 Saw and depth stop Yes

5755 Saw only Yes

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A StewMac exclusive.
The craftsmanship and efficiency of traditional handmade Japanese woodworking saws are legendary. We are pleased to offer a unique example made specifically for cutting fret slots, complete with easy depth-of-cut adjustment. This is our smoothest, most efficient handsaw for fret work—it cuts FAST!

The thumbscrew-adjustable clear acrylic Depth Stop slides up and down for precise control of fret slot depth. It's removable for cutting off the ends of a blank fingerboard, or for use with our Fret Slotting Miter Box.

SAVE when you order our unique Fret Slotting Miter Box with your saw, and enjoy the most versatile fret slotting solution for the small shop.

TIP: The blade features extremely sharp teeth, with precise .023" kerf to match our fretwire. Because it cuts faster than a standard fret saw, it must be held perpendicular to the fretboard. If not, you can quickly cut a wider slot than you expect. We recommend our Fret Slotting Miter Box for keeping the saw in proper alignment.

Overall length 19-3/4" (501.65mm)
Cutting length 9-3/4" (247.65mm)
Blade depth 1-3/4" (44.45mm)
Rigid nickel-plated brass spine
Comfortable traditional bamboo handle

Cut accurate 90-degree slots when you use the saw with our Fret Slotting Miter Box. Add a Fret Scale Template and you'll never miscalculate your fret positions.

Need help calculating your fret locations?
Our online fret scale calculator can calculate any scale length you want to use. It will also give you accurate measurements for locating the bridge on your instrument.

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Japanese Fret Saw
Japanese Fret Saw
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5 12-04-2012
Excellent saw

I have used this to widen frets that were too narrow. it cuts cleanly and quickly, it is obviously well-made and I really like it. I haven't used it with the manual slotting box, but I have to think it would be quick work to slot a fretboard with that setup.

Blindrobert  Austin, TX Read my reviews (5)
5 10-02-2012
Beats my old Sheffield steel saw hands down.

Arrived really quickly, half an hour later I had cut 19 slots (in purpleheart) - normally this takes all afternoon and a lot of cursing. Tried it on an offcut of ebony - good clean slot in a few strokes. Wish I'd bought one of these in the first place. A little tip; leave the paper covering on the depth gauge, then, when you have the depth set draw pencil arrows at the nut and bolt positions. It's then very easy to set the depth next time. If you use more than one depth of fretwire you can have marks for each one.

John P  England
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5 10-01-2012
Best Saw I've had

Most useful tool in my studio - I'm using it for much more than just fret sawing.

Gil Solomon  Israel Read my reviews (11)
5 9-13-2012
fret saw

this saw is great

bluesplayerx  ca Read my reviews (9)
5 8-28-2012
buy it already

I got this saw last month and finally got the chance to use it. It's amazing. Cut through ebony like it was pine, with no catching or chattering, and the slots were perfect. One of the best building investments you can make.

ugly_guitar_guy  Los Angeles, CA Read my reviews (4)
5 8-05-2012
Japanese Fret Saw ( I can't belive its not butter )

I have been using this fret saw for a very long time now and it is still as sharp as the day it arrived. Very comfortable handle and cuts through hardwoods as though it was like a hot knife through Butter!
Very much worth the price.

Gibson Paul L.  England Read my reviews (3)
5 6-05-2012

Very nice and sharp, well built and of good quality.

Toni S.  Sibenik, Croatia
5 4-29-2012

After years of fretting with a micro-saw, this feels big and chunky in the hand. It is perfect, however, for use with a mitre box - homemade or the amazing StewMac version. Cuts really nicely and is gaspingly impressive to look at. No going back.

CliffE  UK Read my reviews (7)
5 4-19-2012

The best saw I ever used!!

Flavio Petruy  Brazil Read my reviews (8)
5 3-12-2012
First Time Fetter

I used this fret saw on my first cigar box guitar build. Very happy with the results. Love the Stewie Mac website for all the archives and free info. Thanks for all your help.

Newbie  Utah Read my reviews (2)
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