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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 handle 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.



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4.0
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5.0

Great tool that needs to be under control

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Verified Buyer


Some practice is needed before having an almost prefect job that needs minimal filing. Great tool

4.0

Not a time saver, but consistent

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Verified Buyer


This is a tool that takes some practice. No instructions in the box; just the tool, a larger cutting plate and an Allen wrench. The tool arrived with the “M” plate installed. The two plates differ in the depth of the slot the bead lays in.
“Practice” because there is a room for error, since the way you hold the fret in the tool determines how close to the bead the cut will be. It tends to want to torque the fret towards the cutter, making the cut off a bit slanted. I used a pair of magnifying glasses to help me see the way the bead sat against the cutting blade, and I still had remanents of the tang on the underside of the bead. I know these will be visible against the binding if I don’t file them off.
Overall it does a great job of clipping the tang, but it isn’t as precise in it’s placement against the bead as I’d like. I still have to file the underside of the bead on most of the frets before seating them.

5.0

Reduces work needed

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Verified Buyer


Really reduces the work needed to trim the tangs when fretting a bound board.

5.0

WHAT A LEGEND

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Verified Buyer


I KNOW IF IT COMES FROM STEWMAC, IT HAS TO BE THE BEST ..

5.0

Tang nippers

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Verified Buyer


Just a hobbiest, so I debated whether to buy these but so glad I did. Made the job so much more fun.

5.0

Perfect tool for the job

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Verified Buyer


Just made my first bound fretboard; while it would be possible to clip the tangs with the fretwire cutter and use a file, it would have been a royal pain. The tang nipper made it fast and painless and gave a nice clean cut.

3.0

Not for small wire

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Verified Buyer


I have been using fret end clippers and files to do this operation for some time. Was hoping to reduce the time required. Seems to work ok for the larger fret wire I use on guitars. However, I bought this for a tenor ukulele I am working on and I am having horrible results. No matter how hard I try to keep the wire parallel to the cutter, no luck. I it just mangles the wire. I think the groove in the plate is just too deep. The website indicated this issue was addressed, but I am not experiencing it.

Response from StewMac


Hi Vernon Guitars,

Thank you for taking the time to share your honest feedback with us, we genuinely appreciate that. We are sorry to hear that the StewMac Fret Tang Nipper did not work for you as expected. You can try nipping the fret tang to length before installing the fret. That way you'll only need to cut and file the overhanging crown, and the fret will be less likely to twist and unseat. One thing to keep in mind is that we believe in 100% customer satisfaction. If any of our products fail to meet your expectations, you are welcome to send it back for a refund, exchange, or store credit. If you can, send us an email at service@stewmac.com so that our customer service team can further assist you. We look forward to hearing from you so that we can make this right.

4.0

Great addition to my tool box

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Verified Buyer


Does the job well ,well worth the money

4.0

Works well

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Verified Buyer


Makes a nice clean cut on the fret tang. I had been filing these off by hand. Definitely a time saver. There is a little bit of trial and error but once you get the hang of it it works well.

1.0

Simply not good enough.

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Verified Buyer


Expensive everywhere, not just StewMac, yet almost completely useless. It nips the fret tangs, leaving the fret itself marred with very rough edges left where much of the tangs still remain. Tried many techniques, using both inserts, but without much success. Learned the following: There is no shortcut to a carefully wielded Dremel and some files!

Response from StewMac


Hi John,

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us, we genuinely appreciate that. We are sorry to hear that the StewMac Fret Tang Nipper did not work for you as expected. If any of our products fail to meet your expectations, you are welcome to send it back for a refund, exchange, or store credit. If you can, give us a call at 1-800-848-2273 so that we can further assist you. We look forward to hearing from you.

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