Fret Saw

Fret Saw

Fret Saw

Fret Saw

Item # 5744
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Fret Saw and Depth Stop

Fret Saw and Depth Stop

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Depth Stop for Fret Saws

Depth Stop for Fret Saws

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StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box with Fret Saw

StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box with Fret Saw

Item # 2231
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Fret Saw

About This Item

Our Fret Slotting Saw has a rigid brass spine, and a comfortable traditionally-turned hardwood handle with ferrule. It looks right at home on a luthier's workbench.

Sheffield steel blade.
Make no mistake: this is NOT a standard hardware megamart backsaw! We started with a blade of legendary corrosion-resistant Sheffield steel, and specified .023" width to match our fretwire. We insisted on precision pull-cut teeth, to greatly reduce blade flex and jamming in harder fingerboard woods. Lastly, we designed an easy to use, removable clear acrylic depth stop. It slides up or down, with thumbscrews to precisely set any fret slot depth.

And one more thing: this saw works seamlessly with our Fret Slotting Miter Box.

The acrylic Depth Stop can be adjusted to expose as much as 1/4" of the blade, and is removable for cutting off the ends of a blank fingerboard.

Overall length 15-1/4" (387.35mm)
Cutting length 10" (254mm)
Blade depth 1-3/4" (44.45mm)


Cut accurate 90-degree slots when you use the saw with our Fret Slotting Miter Box. Add a Fret Scale Template and you'll never miscalculate your fret positions.


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5.0

Good quality, perfect kerf size

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Exactly what I expected. Depth stop works well.

5.0

Fret saw

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Verified Buyer


I have used this saw for some time now and it does the job very well for those who don't have access to a circular saw like me. I am lucky enough to have a local engineer who can make fret templates for odd and unusual scale lengths. Stew Mac supply quite a range of sizes that will cover a large array of scale sizes that will suit most. I have seen a complaint in the comments about the depth stop being unusable. However if that commenter flips the depth stop over 180° it WILL accomodate any fret wire depth. I can fully recommend this saw.

5.0

Wonderful fret saw.

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Verified Buyer


I have my own fretting jig and this saw is wonderful for cutting the slots. With the stop on the top of the blade you can't cut to deep of a slot. Great addition to my shop. Sure beats my old worn out saw. Thank you StewMac.

5.0

Radius Blocks for Added Functionality

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Verified Buyer


One trick I use is to use a short radius block as a fence. Hold it tight against the fretboard and the body of the saw while cutting, and you'll guarantee perfectly straight cuts.

Cleaning up slots before re-fretting on unbound fingerboards, or prepping slots for fretless bass, it's perfect.

I like to cut the slots deeper for fretless bass conversions, so the plastic binding I fill the slots with is visible about halfway down the side of the fingerboard. With the radius block and this saw with the stop, that goes quickly. On regular re-frets, it makes slot prep fast and easy on unbound fingerboards. If I have to level a board significantly, to where the slot depth is affected, this saw is my go-to, and makes quick work of the job.

Very comfortable grip and beautiful construction as well.

1.0

Garbage!

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Verified Buyer


SM replaced my first one after it went dull. second one went dull after about 10 boards or so. absolute junk, using it as a pull saw like i should. do not buy!

Response from StewMac


Hello Mark,
We are very sorry to hear that your replacement fret saw has became dull after a few jobs. Thanks for your feedback on this. I has passed your feedback to our technical department for futher consideration. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273 and we look forward to helping you with this.

5.0

Perfect for accurate fret slots!

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Verified Buyer


I've had this fret saw for over a decade, and it still works like a charm! Combined with the Depth Stop, you can cut fret slots to the perfect width & depth cleanly! This is one of many Stew Mac tools we provide for all of our students at the Guitar Services Workshop.

John LeVan
The Guitar Services Workshop

5.0

Fret saw

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Verified Buyer


Very nice well made saw. Has a good feel in my hand. Makes clean precise cuts. If it holds up well and retains it sharpness it will be near perfect. Overall I am pleased with this item.

5.0

Unique saw for other than luthier work

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Verified Buyer


I am using this saw and the SD miter box for general work in my shop. I am not a luthier but I make a lot of small intricate items like inlay banding and whatnot. Having a pull cut is really nice. My only complaint and it's not the saws fault is that it's hard to sharpen a saw with this many teeth per inch, the max I can handle myself is about 15 so this one will probably be a learning experience for me.

High quality saw plate, very nicely cut and love the back and handle, just a good tool period. The depth stop is useful for me for a number of applications like cutting the channel for a threaded rod jig etc.

4.0

Nice quality tool, cuts very clean

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Verified Buyer


I purchased this as part of the combo with the miter box.

Works great, except if you're as arthritic as I am, you might prefer a "push" tooth set rather than the "pull" alignment. I know I would, or at least a right angle handle. The teeth are very aggressive, so the first few strokes are a little grabby. But the slots it makes are razor-sharp and perfect width.

5.0

Great tool !

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Verified Buyer


I bought this for a friend that is building guitars. This saw is great !

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