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Special tools for Fretting


Essential Fretting Kit

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Essential Fretting Kit
Good basic tools you'll need to get started. Our Fret Work book is included FREE!

Fret Slotting Miter Box
Fret Slotting Miter Box
The ideal fret slotting solution for small shops. Improved and smoother than ever!

Double-edge Fret File
Double-edge Fret File
Best seller! Precision-cut teeth for accurate fret shaping.

Aluminum Radius-sanding Beam

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Aluminum Radius-sanding Beam
Radiused beams that allow you to level fingerboards and frets to a consistent radius.

FretBender

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FretBender
Quick-adjust wheel for perfectly radiused fretwire.

Offset Diamond Fret File
Offset Diamond Fret File
Better clearance over the guitar body at high frets.

8 Radius Blocks
8" Radius Blocks
Long hardwood blocks for sanding frets and fingerboards to a precise radius.

Fret Press Caul
Fret Press Caul
Press frets with your shop arbor press, or your drill press.

Fret Cutter

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Fret Cutter
The best tool for cutting the ends off fretwire. A Stewart-MacDonald exclusive.

Fret Erasers
Fret Erasers
Better, cleaner, and faster polishing than steel wool!

Fret/Fingerboard Levelers

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Fret/Fingerboard Levelers
Heavyweight steel tool for fast, accurate leveling in the pro shop.

Dual Fret Scale Templates
Dual Fret Scale Templates
Get accurately spaced fret slots when used with table saw or miter box.

Fret Tang Nipper
Fret Tang Nipper
Undercuts fretwire so the fret ends fit over neck binding.

Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files
Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files
These custom-made files give you a handle on your fret work!

Fret End Dressing File

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Fret End Dressing File
The perfect tool for dressing the ends of your frets for that professional look.

Fret Puller
Fret Puller
Special tool for lifting fretwire with minimal wood chip-out.

Jaws

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Jaws
This trio works where other fret presses can't. You can feel the fret seating in the slot!

Adjustable Fret Slotting Saw
Adjustable Fret Slotting Saw
Adjustable cutting depth and pull-cut teeth for smoother sawing.

Diamond Fret File
Diamond Fret File
Longer cutting length for improved control, comfortable rubber-coated handle.

Fret Beveling File

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Fret Beveling File
Quickly and consistently bevel the ends of your frets.

Fret Rocker

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Fret Rocker
Our 4-in-1 mini straightedge spans three frets and "rocks" to indicate uneven fret heights.

Fret Slotting Table Saw Blade
Fret Slotting Table Saw Blade
Cut fret slots fast and accurate using your table-saw or radial-arm saw.

Radius Gauges

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Radius Gauges
Notched design reads the fretboard with the strings on! Make sure you keep the right curvature when working on a fingerboard.

OptiVISOR Headband Magnifier

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OptiVISOR Headband Magnifier
See better, work easier with 2X lens and lights! This flip-up magnifier leaves both your hands free for close-up work.

Fret Arbor Press System

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Fret Arbor Press System
A fretting factory on your workbench! Now with versatile fretting table.

Jaws2
Jaws2
Safely press frets over an acoustic body.

Japanese Fret Saw
Japanese Fret Saw
Our smoothest, fastest handsaw for cutting fret slots.

Erlewine Neck Jig
Erlewine Neck Jig
The revolutionary string tension simulator that takes the guesswork out of fretwork and fingerboard leveling.

Fingerboard Guards
Fingerboard Guards
Protect the fingerboard from accidental scratches and gouges with these stainless steel guards.

Luthiers Digital Caliper

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Luthier's Digital Caliper
Precision caliper measures fret height before AND after fret installation.

Three-in-one Fret File
Three-in-one Fret File
Interchangeable hollow burrs for a wide range of fret widths, from basses and guitars to mandolins.

3-Corner Fret Dressing Files

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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files
Specially made for traditional fret crowning and shaping.

Chip Stoppers

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Chip Stoppers
Pull frets with fewer fingerboard chips.

Dual-grit Diamond Fret File
Dual-grit Diamond Fret File
Unique 2 grits in 1 file.

8 Radius Blocks Essential Set
8" Radius Blocks Essential Set
The 5 most popular radii for radius sanding, in a money-saving set!

Concave Fret End Files
Concave Fret End Files
Extra-versatile files for shaping the ends of the frets.

Diamond Fret Levelers
Diamond Fret Levelers
Industrial diamond-coated steel blocks. Excellent for putting a razor edge on chisels and knives, and great for leveling frets!

Fretting Hammer

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Fretting Hammer
Our fretting hammer is just right for fretwork.

String Spreaders

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String Spreaders
Perform nut and fretboard spot repairs without restringing.

4 Radius Blocks
4" Radius Blocks
Short wood blocks for spot-leveling frets and fingerboards.

Fret Dressing Stick
Fret Dressing Stick
Special sanding stick with rotating belts.

Snapfile Leveling System

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Snapfile Leveling System
Our versatile and innovative 4-in-1 tool is great for all your fret and fingerboard leveling. Fast, efficient, space-saving.

Fret Crimper
Fret Crimper
Crimps the tang for oversize fret slots.

Fret Press Inserts
Fret Press Inserts
Additional radii to insert into our fret pressing tools.

Jaws Fret Press Deluxe Set
Jaws Fret Press Deluxe Set
All three Jaws fret presses. SAVE!

Refret Saw and Fret Slot Cleaning Tool Set
Refret Saw and Fret Slot Cleaning Tool Set
Two specialized tools for scraping away wood chips and old glue for better fret seating, in ONE money-saving set!

Deadblow Fretting Hammer

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Deadblow Fretting Hammer
Our special no-bounce hammer for more efficient fret installation.

Neck Support Caul
Neck Support Caul
Useful neck support for fretting and clamping.

Erlewine ShopStand

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Erlewine ShopStand
More versatile than a workbench!

Fret Scale Rule
Fret Scale Rule
Lay out new fretboards and identify fret spacings for the most popular scales.


4" Radius Blocks Essential Set
The 5 most popular radii for spot-sanding, in a money-saving set!

Fret Polishing Wheels
Fret Polishing Wheels
Give frets a super-smooth feel with your Dremel or Foredom tool.

Refret Saw

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Refret Saw
Unique saws clean or deepen old fret slots for better fret seating. They work on bound fingerboards too!

Quarter-round Fret File
Quarter-round Fret File
Shapes the sides of the frets.

Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool Outfit
Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool Outfit
Versatile high performance rotary tool for precision small-scale inlaying, polishing, grinding, routing and more.

Japanese Fret Slot Cleaning Saw
Japanese Fret Slot Cleaning Saw
High quality steel blade.

Fret Slot Cleaning Tool

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Fret Slot Cleaning Tool
Used to clean the old gunk and crud out of the fret slots before you install new frets.

Fret Bending Pliers
Fret Bending Pliers
Inexpensive method for bending your frets to match the fingerboard radius.

Fret Barber

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Fret Barber
Narrow the tang on a quantity of frewire.

Fret Slot Depth Gauge

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Fret Slot Depth Gauge
Be sure your fretwire will fit correctly. Our handy little gauge is a quick way to compare the fret's tang to the slot depth.

Fret Setter
Fret Setter
Here's a simple little tool that can make your fret reseating jobs a lot quicker and easier!

Teflon Fret Dam
Teflon Fret Dam
Pulling old frets can chip a fretboard: keep the slots clean and glue-free for repairs.

Fret Tang Tool Set
Fret Tang Tool Set
The Fret Crimper and the Fret Barber, our unique fret tang resizing tools for advanced fretwork.

Jaws3
Jaws3
Fret press for neck heel and hard-to-clamp areas.

Mini String Spreaders
Mini String Spreaders
Do spot work on fretboards without removing the strings.

Top Deflection Gauge
Top Deflection Gauge
Precise measurements let you simulate string tension, for more accurate neck resetting and bridge saddle slot routing.

File Cleaning Brush
File Cleaning Brush
Brass bristles quickly clean fine-cut files. 3/4" x 1-5/8" with steel finger grip.

Depth Stop For Fret Slotting Saws
Depth Stop For Fret Slotting Saws
Clear acrylic attachment for precisely adjusting the depth of cut on our fret saws.

Dremel Flex Shaft
Dremel Flex Shaft
Slim, lightweight attachment for fine detail work, such as fret polishing.


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