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Fret Tang Tool Set

Fret Tang Tool Set

Fret Tang Tool Set

Item # 4901
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List Price $195.79
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Fret Tang Tool Set

About This Item

Money-saving combo for advanced fret work. The Fret Tang Tool Set includes our Fret Crimper and Fret Barber, specialty tools for advanced fret work.

Developed by master repairmen, they resize a fret's barbed tang to help make installation easier in harder woods or oversize slots, to control fret compression and stiffness in the neck, and to help prevent or relieve backbow.

The Fret Crimper: Hardened steel jaws press a slight scallop into a fret tang to fit an oversize slot. You simply vary the pressure as needed. Overall length 7" (178mm); jaw width 13/32" (10.24mm), with comfortable rubber-coated handles.

The Fret Barber: Take a little off the sides! Fretting expert Dan Erlewine designed this ingenious tool. It quickly and precisely removes some (or all) of the fret tang barbs, to help control excess fret compression, relieve backbow and make fret installation easier. Pull the tang of the fretwire between the adjustable file jaws as needed for the desired fit. Complete instructions and eight gauged shims are included.

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

WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

When frets don't fit the slot, resize the fret tang

This week, Dan Erlewine's pumping iron (nickel steel, actually!) He's showing how to bulk up your skinny fretwire and slim down your fat fretwire.


Product Instructions

Fret Barber Instructions

The Fret Barber lets you "take a little off the sides" to adjust the width of the fret tang by removing metal from the barbs.

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Great quality, but this tools is also very expensive.


Works as described.


If you do refrets or are a builder you need these tools. Great quality!


Fret Barber to the rescue


I got this for a refret on a guitar built in East Germany before the wall came down. It had the thinnest tang I ever encountered. Fret Barber to the rescue. Fast, easy, accurate. Instead of a gloved finger, I held the fret down with a small block of wood.