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StewMac Deluxe Fret Tang Nipper

StewMac Deluxe Fret Tang Nipper


StewMac Deluxe Fret Tang Nipper

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StewMac Deluxe Fret Tang Nipper

About This Item

Cleanly nip off the fret tang, ideal for bound fingerboards
Our Deluxe Fret Tang Nipper works with any size fretwire.

Undercutting the fret tangs is essential for fret work: it makes the job faster for bound necks where the fret ends go over the binding, and it helps save the lacquer finish at the edges of unbound fretboards. Our Deluxe Fret Tang Nipper does this job in a snap, just squeeze the handle and the fret tang is cut quickly and cleanly without bending or crimping.

A heavy-duty workhorse
Designed to adjust to any size fretwire, from narrow to extra-wide jumbo, all in one tool. The hardened steel cutters cut through nickel-silver fretwire like butter, and they're tough enough to cut harder materials like stainless too. They're built to stay sharp for a lifetime on your bench. From guitar to bass to mandolin, these nippers handle any job or instrument.

Save time AND your hands!
The adjustable depth stop gives you accurate, repeatable cuts, making even complex fret jobs a breeze. No more time wasted adjusting the tool after every fret. The extended extra-thick rubber grips are built to absorb shock—a big relief for your hands on those back-to-back refrets.

Our original Fret Tang Nipper is a great option for occasional fret jobs, but if you're in a busy shop or getting serious about building—our Deluxe Fret Tang Nipper has the versatility, cutting power, and comfort you need.

  • 2 interchangeable inserts with 4 cutting settings
  • Cuts any size wire
  • Adjustable depth stop
  • Extended rubber-molded grips
  • Hardened steel cutting jaws
  • Cuts through harder fretwire—even stainless
  • Overall length: 9" (228mm)

Comes with 2-sided interchangeable tables for various widths of fretwire:
Narrow side for widths 0.053" to 0.080" (1.35mm to 2.03mm)
Medium side for widths 0.084" to 0.095" (2.13mm to 2.41mm)
Large side for widths 0.100" to 0.106" (2.54mm to 2.69mm)
Extra-large side for widths 0.106" to 0.110" (2.69mm to 2.79mm)

Works on stainless frets, too!
All of our tools are suitable for use on stainless-steel fretwire*. 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.
*Excludes our original Fret Tang Nippers. We recommend our Deluxe Fret Tang Nippers for stainless-steel fretwire.

WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

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If you do a lot of fretwork like we do, you're gonna love this!


Dan Erlewine sent me the new Stewmac Deluxe Fret Tang Nipper and boy did Stewmac hit it out of the park with this one!

I've bought just about every fret tang nipper, nibble and cutter you can think of. The modified Klein sheet metal nibblers were always a decent tool but they were finicky and could easily mangle the tang. I owned the sintoms nibbler and got rid of it 10 minutes after I got it for reasons I won't get into here. The stewmac nibbler that's of a similar design is okay but it's not easy on the hands and I find it somewhat awkward to use. The summit fret tang nipper is okay but I find it bends the bead of the wire too easily. None of them handle radiused wire very well. So while we all bend our wire to the radius of the fingerboard to whatever degree, fret nibblers seem to only work well on straight wire.

I'm pleased to say that the new deluxe nipper from stewmac handles radiused wire very well, it comes with an adjustable depth stop to cut the tang constantly so there's less constant measuring and it doesn't mangle or bend the fretwire at all which is awesome. They do leave a very small amount of the tang that still needs to be filed off like any of the nibblers, but I think the new stewmac tool does as good if not better than most others in that regard as well.

There are two different plates that will handle any fretwire size so there's no more having to have different tools for different sizes. I put it through the paces today on a few sets of frets for refrets we're currently working on and it was as comfortable to clip the tang on the last fret several sets of frets later as it was on the first.

If you do a lot of frets you should get one of these!!


Great buy!


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Just got it today and I’m really pleased with the ergonomic handle length and the various fret sizes. Like having four tools in one. I have several of the original tang nippers as well as home made ones, but this is a great feat of engineering! You really hit a home run with this design. Congratulations on always improving your tools.