StewMac Fret Tang Nipper

StewMac Fret Tang Nipper

StewMac Fret Tang Nipper

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StewMac Fret Tang Nipper

About This Item

Improved design: one tool fits all fret sizes!
Our Fret Tang Nipper undercuts fretwire, fast and easy. Speeds fret jobs on bound necks, and helps save the lacquer finish at the edges of unbound fretboards.

Bill Collings (of Collings Guitars) inspired this clever tool for undercutting fretwire to fit over neck bindings. Insert the fretwire to the desired depth in the guide notch, squeeze the handle, and the wire is quickly and cleanly undercut—no bending or crimping.

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.

    A repair shop favorite!
  • Hardened-steel cuts clean and stays sharp
  • Rubber coated handles for a comfortable, non-slip grip
  • Tool is 7-3/4" long (197mm)

Comes with interchangeable tables for various widths of fretwire:
Medium table for widths 0.075" to 0.095" (1.90mm to 2.41mm)
Large table for widths 0.095" to 0.110" (2.41mm to 2.79mm)

Not recommended for use with stainless-steel fretwire.


Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Binding and fretting a Red Diamond mandolin fingerboard

Don MacRostie shows us his methods for fingerboard binding and fretting on a Red Diamond vintage model mandolin.

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4.0
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4.0

Eventually got it

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Verified Buyer


If you don't bring the fret wire into the nipper's channel from the side per the photos on this product page it doesn't work at all well. Once I realized that I found that by holding the nipper in my left hand and feeding in the wire from the right it works great almost everytime.

2.0

Needs work.

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I’ve tried roughly 5 of these and none of them really worked. The previous model, while not perfect, was better. Keep trying Stewmac.

Response from StewMac


Hi Matthew,

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. We're sorry to hear the StewMac Fret Tang Nipper didn't work for you as you expected. We stand behind our return policy -- if you are not satisfied with a product, you may return it anytime for a refund or exchange.

We would appreciate it if you would give us a call so we can get some more information. Please contact our Customer Service 1-800-848-2273 (Monday-Friday 9:00am-6:00pm EST), and we'd be happy to provide you with further assistance at that time.

5.0

StewMac Fret Tang Nipper

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Verified Buyer


Couldn't have worked better. Took hours off my refret.

I am not associated with StewMac in any way, just a guitar tech for 40 years. Boy, shoulda got this tool a long time ago.

3.0

OK but very temperamental

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Verified Buyer


I wish I could give this a perfect review, when it works it does cut very nicely. HOWEVER, with medium fret wire it is inconsistent. If you don't have the fret perfectly aligned with the groove it will bend the tang rather than cut it. At that point the fret is unsalvageable as further attempts to nip will only bend the body of the fret. I think some further refinement is needed on this tool to make it work more consistently.

4.0

great edition

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Verified Buyer


I just started trying to do fret work but this tool has made my efforts a lot less complicated. My stewmac nippers cut the fret tang clean and without a lot of work or trips out to the belt sander! Bottom line it works great so far all the tools and supplies i purchased from stewmac have meet or exceeded my expectations. Thank you larry k ...

5.0

Works great.

By

Verified Buyer


Nice tool!

2.0

Does not cut flush

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Verified Buyer


Used these today for the first time and noticed that these new nippers does not cut the tang flush like the old style you had for sale. I had to use a file to remove approx. .006" of the tang to make it flat. The grove that is cut in the table is square so it appears that the round fret moves away from the nipper when cutting. Maybe if the grove in the table was a "V" shape the fret wire would not move away from the cutter.

2.0

No Luck

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Verified Buyer


Sorry Stewmac, maybe I got a bad one but this tool didn't work for me. Twisted ends of medium sized fret wire and larger fret wire jammed every time. I followed the video directions to a tee and made several attempts.

Response from StewMac


Hi Eric,
Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. We're sorry our Fret Tang Nipper didn't work for you as you expected. Quality and 100% Total Satisfaction is our goal every day. If you would like to speak with our Customer Support Team about a refund or replacement for this product, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-848-2273. We look forward to helping you with this.

5.0

quick snip

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Verified Buyer


I had to wait until the nipper was in stock. But I'm glad I did. This tool makes trimming fret stock for bound fret boards a snap. As an OLD machinist I can get behind tools that work for you and save time. Stew-Mac has never let me down. Thanks!

5.0

Cool Tool!

By

Verified Buyer


This is a great tool!

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