Fret Crimper

Fret Crimper

Fret Crimper

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Fret Crimper

About This Item

Crimps the tang to fit oversize fret slots. Hardened steel jaws press slight scallops into a fret tang to fit an oversize slot.

Works on a variety of slot widths. Simply vary the pressure as needed.

Overall length: 7" (178mm)
Jaw width: 13/32" (10.24mm)
Comfortable rubber-coated handles.

This unique tool is based on a technique developed by repairman Frank Ford.

The Fret Crimper is included in our money-saving Fret Tang Tool Set along with the Fret Barber, our handy tool for quickly trimming the barbs on longer lengths of fretwire.

We recommend our book FretWork Step By Step for details on the technique of compression fretting.

Works on stainless frets, too!
All of our tools are suitable for use on stainless-steel fretwire, with the exception of our Fret Tang Nippers. Modern stainless-steel fretwire is known to be harder than the traditional nickel-silver blends, but our own shop experience indicates the wire does not cause premature wear of files or sandpapers.



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4.0
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5.0

No more glue on refret jobs!!

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Verified Buyer


This is the first time I leave a review. I need to tell you that if you still don’t have this tool in your shop you are doing it all wrong. The frets won’t move even in an earthquake, dude!!! DO NOT HESITATE TO BUY THIS. Armand from Armand’s Guitar Repair Shop in Buenos Aires.

4.0

Not bad, but...

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Verified Buyer


Handy for making narrow tangs "fit" wide or worn fret slots. However, it could be improved upon by making it spring loaded so you don't have to manually reopen it after each crimp.

5.0

Handy tool

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Verified Buyer


For those that still drive frets caveman style, with a hammer, this tool is really great. I usually press my frets in, but some occasions call for having to drive a fret or 2. By crimping the ends of the fret tang slightly, and over bending it a little, you can tap the fret ends in and they won't pop out when you drive the rest of the fret in. Glad I actually found a use for this slightly expensive tool!

5.0

Excellent tool

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Verified Buyer


I bought this fret crimper because my fret slot was to wide for my new stainless steel frets. They did exactly what they’re supposed to do with no problem whatsoever. Great tool and fixed my problem easily.

1.0

What you see is not what you get!

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Verified Buyer


Simply put, the tool I got is not what's pictured and described in the literature.
I bought this tool after checking out the pics and reading the stuff about how Dan likes to crimp his frets to widen them then flatten the ends so they go in easily. This is not possible with this tool because it no longer has the part to flatten things. That's half the reason to buy this tool. Sadly, I can't find this tool anywhere else so I'm kind of stuck.

I'm really not thrilled about this. I can't get behind a company that ships something different than they advertise - especially for an $80 fricking tool!!!
WTF Stewmac??? (see pics)

(Yes, of course the tool works and is of decent quality. That's not what this review is about.)

Response from StewMac


We have our Web Team working on getting the picture updated and we have sent out a prepaid label for the return of this item. We are very sorry if you felt misled by our marketing materials and are happy to honor our 100% satisfaction guarantee. - Spencer, Customer Support

5.0

great!

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Verified Buyer


A great little tool. i wish i had seen this earlier. Would be better if it was just a little wider in the jaws, but still a great tool.

5.0

The best tool for the job

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Verified Buyer


There really is no better way to achieve the desired result. Combine that with Stewart MacDonald's unparalleled service and I simply will not buy my tools anywhere else.

4.0

Works fine but ...

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Verified Buyer


This tool actually works fine but the Trades Secret article instruction on this tool says "Crimp hard repeatedly along the fret wire. After crimping one side turn the wire end-for-end and crimp the opposite way, making the tang equal on both sides."

Crimping hard can actually make it so big that it doesn't fit the fret slot. "Crimp accordingly or carefully" would be a better way of putting it.
In Dans Fret basics video he actually say "don't crimp too hard".
I'm bringing this up because if you're like me and had never used this tool, knowing this will save you a lot of head aches! Otherwise it is a very handy tool to have.
Stew Mac staff you might want to edit that article. Thanks!

2.0

Great Tool but...

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Verified Buyer


This great and works well on standard fretwire. However it is not strong nor durable enough for Stainless-Steel wire. I used it on 2 stainless re-frets over the course of 2 days. By the midway point of the second re-fret I was having to stop after crimping every fret to re-establish the angles on the interior of the pliers with a small 3-corner file. For the price and the advertising that it is fine for use on stainless wire, I'm a very disappointed in the quality.

5.0

Great tool

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Verified Buyer


I ended up with fret board slots that were too wide. This little tool absolutely saved the day!

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