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StewMac Fretbar Understring Leveler

StewMac Fretbar Understring Leveler

StewMac Fretbar Understring Leveler 4.5" Length

4.5" Length

Item # 4641
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StewMac Fretbar Understring Leveler 9" Length

9" Length

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$29.95

StewMac Fretbar Understring Leveler 18" Length

18" Length

Item # 4643
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$54.95

Replacement String Jack StewMac String Jack

StewMac String Jack

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StewMac Fretbar Understring Leveler, 4.5" Length with Stikit Set

4.5" Length with Stikit Set

Item # 2344
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$70.79

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StewMac Fretbar Understring Leveler, 9" Length with Stikit Set

9" Length with Stikit Set

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$80.79

StewMac Fretbar Understring Leveler, 18" Length with Stikit Set

18" Length with Stikit Set

Item # 2346
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$105.79

 
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StewMac Fretbar Understring Leveler

About This Item

How do you level the frets at the right tension?
One of the most challenging things to get right with any setup or fret work is knowing the frets will be level under actual string tension and playing conditions. Now we've made it easy.

Our solution for this was the invention of the Erlewine Neck Jig—the industry standard when it comes to simulating string tension to get the most accurate fretwork possible. But let's face it, sometimes jobs are too small to strap them into the Neck Jig, or you need to work outside your shop where the neck jig isn't practical. We knew there had to be a better answer.

Now, you can level your frets...with the strings ON!
Matt Brewster from 30th Street Guitars brought us this amazingly simple (but effective) idea for getting perfect fret dresses with the strings still on the guitar. This great idea became the StewMac Fretbar® Understring Leveler, or simply the Fretbar. This revolutionary new tool lets you level your frets under full tension without removing the strings. It's designed to work with our 1" wide 3M Stikit Gold Abrasives for ultra-fast set up and leveling.

Fret work without guesswork
With the Fretbar you'll level the frets with the exact tension the neck has when played. This is because the Fretbar fits UNDER and BETWEEN the strings, with the guitar tuned to pitch. The precision-ground surface is just 5/64" thick, allowing you to glide under the strings when leveling.

Because the neck is under tension, you'll clearly see every hump, twist, high or low spot. With the Fretbar you can level the frets without worry or any "surprises" that pop up after the job.

There is a Fretbar for every leveling job:

4.5" length ideal for spot leveling problematic frets all over the neck. It's also perfect for creating fallaway on acoustic guitars.

9" length is designed for smaller necks like ukuleles and mandolins. It also works for leveling full scale necks and spot leveling.

18" length makes it easy to level an entire neck. You'll quickly and evenly level most of the frets at the same time, without the added danger of running into the nut, saddle, or hardware.

We also include the String Jack to use with the Fretbar. Put the jack in front of the nut to raise the strings without changing the tension on the neck. Replacement String Jacks are also available.

Works with the strings off too
This is also a great all around fret leveling tool. Used with the strings on or off, the precision-ground surface works quickly and accurately to get frets level. If you're just getting started or have a ton of experience, the Fretbar is a great option for any fret work.

    Built for a lifetime of use
  • Made of durable extruded 6061 aluminum
  • Guaranteed accuracy of ±0.0015" per foot
  • Designed to work with our custom 1" wide 3M Stikit Gold Abrasives
  • Works with the strings on or off

Your fastest and most profitable leveling ever
Because you don't need to remove or replace the strings, you'll save time on every leveling job. And with our 1" wide 3M Stikit Gold Abrasives—already cut to the perfect width—you're ready to level in an instant. No more wasted strings or sandpaper!

Save with the set: Fretbar and Stikit Set
Stikit Abrasives cut like a file, last longer than regular sandpaper, and are sized to stick right to the 1" width of each Fretbar. These are the same professional sandpapers we use to quickly and cleanly level frets, and to remove the scratches before you recrown and polish.

Each set includes one Fretbar and four 15-yard rolls of Stikit, one of each grit: 320, 400, 600 and 800-grits. More grits are available separately.

Each Fretbar is 3/4" (19mm) wide x 1-15/32" (37mm) tall extruded aluminum, and available in three lengths: 4.5" (114mm), 9" (228mm), and 18" (457mm).

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.



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5.0

great

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as allways with StewMac you get the best

4.0

Won't preserve your radius, but does level quickly under tension as advertised

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Verified Buyer


The understring leveler does everything well that it is meant to do. My only problem with the tool is that, while I came close, I couldn't figure out how to perfectly preserve the original 9.5" radius of my guitar.

Based on what I experienced, this tool is great for getting the majority of the fret material off while the neck is under tension. Afterwards, you can fine tune the job by using a radius sanding block matches your fretboard.

5.0

Great tool for leveling under tension

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I can't say enough good things about this tool. Finally a tool you can use under tension for some of those pesky necks that will sit almost flat when you have tension, but without the strings they decide to not sit flat- and the truss rod doesn't cooperate. Tool long in the waiting.

5.0

Great Product well built for the price

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Before I bought this I wounderd if it would tip up or down and damage the fretbord going over the frets, No it will not , as long as you hold it near the center, same goes for any sanding beam of a certain lenght. I bought the 9" tipping is not a problem at all and the sand paper stays firmly in place. Recommended product well built.

5.0

Need it ..get it. Use it...

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Verified Buyer


With in 5 min of getting it ...I had use it .. and LOVE the results

5.0

Great Tool

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Verified Buyer


I already had both the radius levelling blocks and the heavy precision ground fret bar. Both of these tools have their purpose. This under-string leveler fills a need the other two types of levelling tools cannot fill. I bought the 9" version and recently used it on an acoustic that had a few high frets. It worked great!

5.0

Fast fret leveling and great results !

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Verified Buyer


My original 1958 Strat had high and low fret areas all up and down the neck. It was likely re-fretted long ago and had lots of divits and fret wear too. Although I would normally re-fret or use my Neck Jig for this job, I decided to try a new 18" Fretbar. The fret tops were so uneven that I had a very hard time adjusting the neck straight with the truss rod. The slotted straight edge was a big help in "reading the board". After the fretboard was straightened, it took longer to tape off the fingerboard and mark the fret tops with a sharpie than to perfectly level all 21 frets with 320 grit. After re-crowning and polishing the frets, this old workhorse plays like a dream all the way up the neck. The Fretbar is easy to use, reasonably priced, and will do a pro quality fret level. Highly Recommended !
Thank you StewMac. Garry G. Yuba City, CA

5.0

Just what the doctor ordered

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Verified Buyer


For years I have used a self-modified triangle file to perform this operation, but the Fretbar is a perfect replacement. My most common need for this tool is to level a few frets up high, and the shortie bar is the answer. Thanks for another great tool!

5.0

Successful Fist Leveling

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Verified Buyer


I recently did my first fret level, crown and polish. Before taking on the project I did some research and watch some Stew Mac/Other videos. I didn't want to take off a lot of material so I was patient. I counted my passes and made sure to evenly work my way across the fret board. Once the flat top matched up with my fret wear I stopped. After crowning and polishing I was left with a beautiful near new fret job. I barely took off any material and I love the result. Buying this leveling bar and the crowning file allowed me to nearly break even on my first fret job. This tool will save me a lot of money down the road.

5.0

Does the job

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Of course you need to know what you're doing when leveling under string tension. If you do, this tool is excellent. Way better than what I was used to (an L-shaped, home-modified aluminium beam).

I still have a complaint though: why forget the basses? The 18" is just OK for 25"5 guitars. Scales beyond 25"5 are out of the picture.

Basses need understring leveling too!

Make a 24" understring leveler, sell it under 80$, and I'm sold.

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