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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5.0

Works great.

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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!

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Verified Buyer


This is a great tool!

5.0

fret tang nippers

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again, thanks for the help, the nippers worked great, a refret on an early 79’s gibson sg, along with a total resto/mod to guitar..
the tang nippers work great, very clean cut and tight to the bottom side of the fret. couple of times the nipper would get stuck in the full down postion, because of it getting hung up on the rough cut edge of the fret from the fret pliers cutting frets.. i use full length fret wire and cut with pliers to desired length.. so ends can have a bur from pliers..
next time i can try to clean the rough end cut, which im suree will solve this cutter from getting hung up after the tang is nipped...
again nippers worked flawlessly and made my fret prep work time a fraction to conventional methods.....
thankyou for making my job easier and enjoyable..
mihael

 


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