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Fret Tang Nipper

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Undercuts fretwire so the fret ends fit over neck binding.

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Fret Tang Nipper
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
1626 For medium fretwire Yes

1649 For wide fretwire Yes

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Undercuts fretwire cleanly.
There's gotta be an easier way to trim the ends of the frets to fit over the neck bindings, right? Our friend Bill Collings (of Collings Guitars) had an idea that inspired us to produce this simple and precise tool. It's become a repair shop favorite. It does an outstanding job of undercutting fretwire to fit over neck bindings, speeding up fret jobs on bound necks, and helps save the lacquer finish at the edges of the fingerboard. Just insert the wire to the desired depth in the guide notch, squeeze the handle, and the wire is quickly and cleanly undercut. No bending or crimping!

The Fret Tang Nipper is useful for unbound fingerboards too. Try nipping the fret tang to length before installing the fret. Now you'll only need to cut and file the overhanging crown, and the fret will be less likely to twist and unseat.

#1626 is for medium-width fretwire, .075" to .095" (1.90mm to 2.41mm)

#1649 is for wide fretwire, .100" to .120" (2.54mm to 3.05mm)

The Fret Tang Nipper is 6" long (152.40mm), including 4" (101.60mm) rubber-sleeved handles.

Not recommended for stainless steel frets.

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Fret Tang Nipper
Fret Tang Nipper
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5 6-30-2012
clean fretboard sides

I saw a demonstration of this tool in use and decided to give it a try to avoid seeing the tang on the side of the fretboard. It took some trial and error to get a clean cut every time (no instructions) but once you "get it", it works great. Just fill in the fret slots on the side with shellac stick and file smooth.

Jim Barker  Tucson, AZ Read my reviews (3)
4 6-21-2012
Very good nipper.

I don't know if a perfect fret tang nipper exists, but this is at least a very good one.

Doctor Rokker  USA Read my reviews (6)
4 6-09-2012
You're gonna need it.

It can take a little getting used to but once you've got it down, it's an indispensable tool.

Ayers Guitar Co.  Phoenix, AZ Read my reviews (14)
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5 6-08-2012
Fret Tang Nipper.

These are a huge time saver when fretting a bound board. Certainly a lot more convenient than fannying around with a pair of side cutters, and were almost half the price of the same item purchased in the U.K. Highly recommended.

Quentin Howarth  Cumbria, England. Read my reviews (5)
5 6-05-2012
Yellow Handles

For some reason, the cool yellow handles were covered up by black heat shrink. I like the yellow! This thing is awesome! Wouldn't do ANY fret job without it!

Russ in Dallas  Dallas, TX Read my reviews (9)
5 6-01-2012
A Must for Bound Boards

Yes, you can probably do the same job with a set of sharp cutters and some files. But if you plan to do more than one fret-install ever, get these. For the price, you can't do it by hand at a lower cost.

Little Crow  Atlanta, GA Read my reviews (29)
5 5-04-2012
Tang Nipper

Works as advertised.What more could you ask?

Steven K  Columbia, Maryland Read my reviews (20)
5 4-28-2012
Excellent Tool

Great time saver and an accurate tool. It is a tool to have in your shop.

Miguel H Peña  Venezuela Read my reviews (4)
5 1-21-2012
Perfect for the Task

The fret tang nipper did exactly what it is supposed to do. Great tool!

Geoffrey  Adelaide, Australia Read my reviews (6)
5 1-15-2012
Fret tang nipper

This is a great time saver. I work with bound fingerboards a lot since I work mostly on banjos. This item is indispensable.

Mark Harper  Lexington KY Read my reviews (44)
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