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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 most 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. Not recommended for use with stainless steel fretwire—see our Deluxe Fret Tang Nipper for harder materials.

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)

Working with stainless steel frets?
Our Deluxe Fret Tang Nipper was designed specifically to undercut the harder fretwire materials like stainless steel with ease. It also includes interchangeable steel inserts to accommodate any size of fretwire that you'll come across. If you've got a busy shop you'll love the deluxe model.



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4.0
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5.0

Fret Tang nipped in the bud!

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Verified Buyer


Takes ~90% of the work out of trimming frets for a bound fretboard: just a bit of fine filing completes the job!

4.0

Need tips

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Verified Buyer


This is good tool to reduce effort to make fret end.
However need some tips.
First, if cut end is deformed, need to be grind to make it back toT-shape.
Second, cutting tong by small width for example 1.5 or 2mm.
Finally, grind to make surface flat.
I used small disc grinder of Drremel.
This is my procedure.
By the way I used L-size plate for medium fret.

5.0

Gets the job done.

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Verified Buyer


I haven’t used other tang cutters, but I’m so far pleased with this tool. Currently doing my first bound fretboard, and using this on jescar evo wire. Cutting a little at a time produces the best results, and a little clean up with a file to smooth out the leftovers. And the amount of tang leftover is very minimal.

4.0

Does its job

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Pleased with the results, works well.

5.0

Cool

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Verified Buyer


Very handy tool to have in your collection.

5.0

Great tool

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Verified Buyer


Works great. Minimal learning curve, you’ll be fretting in no time!

5.0

Works as advertised :-)

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Verified Buyer


Ordered a while back, finally got a chance to use them.

Worked as advertised (.. pretty much the highest complement).
Easily trimmed the tang ends off of standard StewMac fret wire. Back of fret wire wasn't clean (I didn't expect it to be) but it did leave such a negligible amount of material that additional clean-up was not required.
Did not twist or bend fret wire ends. I was a bit worried about this, but turned out to not be an issue.
Didn't require practice.. my first trimmed fretwire got installed.

.. heck of a lot easier than nibbling at the tang with sharp edge-cutters and going back in with a Dremel.

I'm tempted to try on Stainless, even though Stewmac expressly discourages such behavior.. but they went through regular wire so easily. ;-)
hopefully they''l at least work as well on the Cryo-hardened wire I bought (but haven't yet used).

5.0

Great for my shop

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Verified Buyer


Even though it's not recommended, I just finished a fret job on a bound neck using jumbo stainless steel fret wire. The fret nippers did a fine job leaving only a little of the tang to file flush. Saved me a lot of time. Great value.

3.0

Definitely needs some modifications

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Verified Buyer


As others have stated, this tool takes a lot of practice to use it properly. Please note, YOU WILL ruin several frets before you get the hang of it. Some cuts may not be flush and may need to be cleaned up on a grinding wheel. The big thing I don't like about this tool is that the slotted grove you place the fret in is straight. When you cut the tang, the tool will straighten out the radius on the end of the fret. There needs to be an additional insert with the tool that allows you to cut the fret and maintain the radius. This would be a big help for the very few people in the world who use radiused frets.

5.0

Fret Tang Nippers

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Verified Buyer


I always cut the tang back a little on every fret job I do even without bonded neck, that way over time you don't get the annoying bumpy fret ends. I built a jig to file off the tang years ago & Thats how I have done it until I bought these fret tang nippers I just cut back 21 fret ends in 10min. Normally it would take me over an hour with my jig. These are a HUGE TIME SAVER. & Good quality.

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