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Fret Slot Cleaning Tool

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Take it from Dan Erlewine, "A fret won't seat well if its slot isn't clean!" We developed this tool to effectively scrape away wood chips and old glue, for better fret seating.

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4870 Fret Slot Cleaning Tool Yes

4871 Replacement chisel only Yes

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The Fret Slot Cleaning Tool comes with 2 chisel blades. Additional replacement blades are sold separately.

This 5-1/2" Fret Slot Cleaning Tool has a comfortable handle with a metal collet, and a replaceable hooked .019" thin square-edged chisel that gets into the corners of the slots on bound fretboards. It can be used to scrape the bottom and the wall of the fret slot, and when the tool is held with both hands for control, it pries up dried glue.

The Fret Slot Cleaning Tool is included in this money-saving set:
Refret Saw and Fret Slot Cleaning Tool Set

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Fret Slot Cleaning Tool
Fret Slot Cleaning Tool
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5 4-06-2014
Should have bought one earlier

This tool has been a lifesaver on my most recent fretboard. After binding and radiusing, it is imperative to remove all the glue and sawdust from the slots to get a proper fret seat. Razor blades and X-Acto knives work, but this makes short work of it. I agree with taking it slow. Trying to remove too much at once could chip the board. The blade fits a large X-Acto handle, so just buy the blade if you have one of those lying around.

Garon  Los Angeles Read my reviews (7)
5 12-25-2013

Every builder needs one. Price is right so why not.

Wrea398  Pa Read my reviews (7)
5 12-18-2013
It gets the job done!

This tool works perfectly for cleaning glue out of my fret slots after flying fingerboards down.

Eric C.  Las Vegas,Nv. Read my reviews (16)
4 11-01-2013
Does the job

This blade does the job and fits a standard large Xacto tool handle--of which I already had several--saving the additional cost of the Stew-Mac handle. I am not sure the blade is worth so much more than the Xacto curved carving blade (on which it seems to be based), but the tip is slightly different and allows it to act a little more like a "chisel" on the bottom of the fret slot. The material appears to be tougher than the steel used in the Xacto blades.

Angelwood  IN Read my reviews (11)
5 8-31-2013
A must have!!!

Like I said.

Freddie, ACG guitars  Norway Read my reviews (3)
5 6-14-2013

I only purchased the replacement blade, as I'm on a budget and it was much cheaper than the whole tool. It worked fine without the handle. I was amazed at the perfect fit in the slots. Very sharp, and removed more gunk than I thought possible. Highly recommended step in build process.

Andrew H.  South Carolina, USA Read my reviews (44)
5 4-18-2013
Awesome Tool!

I use this thing ALL the time in the repair shop in Nashville, TN and at my home shop, String Theory Guitar Repair, in Mount Juliet, TN. If you're using some other tool to clean out your fret jobs you're making a huge mistake. This thing does it quickly and cleanly. It's sturdy enough to scrape out residual super glue from previous fret jobs. It's a major factor in my picture perfect fret jobs! Get one! Get it NOW!

Thom Abell-String Theory Guitar Repair  Mount Juliet, TN Read my reviews (20)
4 3-18-2013
Good tool

If you are doing refrets, or plan to - just get this one.
Or - better yet, just get the "Refret Saw and Fret Slot Cleaning Tool Set". I use both tools when doing refrets.

Tim Skau  Norway Read my reviews (17)
5 10-04-2012
Fret slot cleaner

This tool is far better than the Xacto knife I was using in the past. The chisel blade is the perfect size and the handle is much easier to hold onto.

Mark Harper  Lexington KY Read my reviews (44)
5 9-18-2012
The perfect tool for the job!

Exactly what you need for cleaning fret slots, also great for bound boards. Wouldn't want to be without it for fret work!

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