I grudgingly bought one of these when my homemade experiments didn't work so well. It is a well made tool, and although I only needed it for 2 frets on my project, it did what its supposed to do.
A great tool, but maybe seems overpriced for what it is. When starting out refretting, I made my own tang expander. Worked ok, but one crimp at a time. Just died on me, as it wasn't hardened steel. I bit the bullet on the bucks, and got one of these ... Wow, 4 crimps at a time, easy squeeze, ... hardened steel! It took half the time to prepare the frets for my last refret! Good tool
A must in getting those frets shaped for proper fit in you new or reworked fret slots. Money well spent for this kid!
This tool is very useful especially on older fretboards, but at just under 80.00 dollars you would have to do 2 or 3 jobs to make a profit. Tool is a must have for any shop doing fret jobs.
The pliers work very well. I suggest measure the adjustment and put a few frets in an old fingerboard to get a feel for how frets go in.
It does what it says and does it well. But I was a little disappointed with the finish quality, there was primer overspray on the handle. I am not looking for a wall flower but for near $80 I want it perfect.
This is a nifty little tool, it certainly helps you to crimp frets so they will bind in the slot better. I liked that it had a mild and a heavy crimp size so that you could avoid excessive crimping when applicable. However, the tool is not very complex and should not be priced as much as it is. Its really only worth about half of what I paid.
I do the most difficult fretting ever. Imagine deep radius like cello; I build bowed guitars. This makes average guitar fretting seem like a walk in the park. Without this device, reliably doing this type of work is a crap shoot whereby new ways of cussing and tool throwing are invented. CA glue and careful pre-bending on these deep radius necks are not enough to keep re-coil from happening. The Fret Crimper is required equipment here. I do not know how I survived for so many years without it.
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