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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 1-12-2012
Great Tools


niponz  Thailand Read my reviews (31)
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4 10-23-2011
Time saver

Well made tool, but still requires a little detail filing for a smooth underside that will sit flat.

kilphody  NY Read my reviews (15)
5 10-04-2011
Fret Tang Nipper

Really useful for bound fingerboards, works well. Infrequently a slightly rough surface can be formed but I found when this happens it only takes seconds to smooth it out.Quite an ingenious tool.

Pat Green  UK Read my reviews (20)
4 9-28-2011
Great tool

Never had problems with it but it's a little expensive

Nissan Hayun  Israel Read my reviews (22)
5 9-25-2011
Well worth the money!

I can't believe how much time this tool saves me. Even with the little bit of filing to get the underside perfectly flat, I daresay I've been able to cut my fretting time by 50% or better. I used to grind each fret by hand on a grinder and used a file for touch up.

D. Dungee  Dover, OH
2 9-04-2011
Jagged Cutter on a New One?

We use an older one of these at the shop I work at, Teye Guitars, that has done maybe over 100 fret jobs. Decided to get one for myself. Upon making my first cuts, I noticed it was not making flush cuts and leaving jagged leftover tang on the frets which took a while to file off. I compared this one to the old one we have and noticed that on the new one the edge of the moving cutter does not come down flush to "chasis" cutter.

The gap that remains is causing the partial jagged tang to be leftover. I tested it on the medium 149 and 152 wire both before and after bending with same results.

Isaac B.  Austin, TX 78725 Read my reviews (6)
StewMac responds

Isaac B,
We're truly sorry to hear your Fret Tang Nipper is not performing as expected. We'll gladly provide you with a replacement set of nippers today. Our techs will hand select a replacement and provide you with a pre-paid return label, to get the defective set back at no cost to you. Thank you for speaking up.

5 8-31-2011
Must Have

If you do a lot of fret-work, this is a real time-saver! Most of the time there is no cleanup after.

Middleton Guitars  Southern California Read my reviews (51)
5 7-13-2011
Almost perfect

Ok Five stars because it saves so much time and effort and works pretty much flawlessly. StewMac by far has the best quality tools.

My only beef would be that some are rather pricey. But this is a device that does exactly what is says and does it very well.

Caravella Guitars  East Meadow, NY Read my reviews (3)
5 7-06-2011
So simple - So effective!

Can't believe how much easier this little tool makes this job! Fast, accurate, easy. Not cheap, but worth the money.

Yoz  New Zealand
5 6-03-2011
Fret Tang Nipper

This is a great little tool, reducing fretting time to about 20% of what it took filing each fret end before. It cuts accurately, and I can place and fit each fret in seconds.

Pick  New Zealand Read my reviews (4)
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