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StewMac Fretbar Understring Leveler

StewMac Fretbar Understring Leveler

StewMac Fretbar Understring Leveler 4.5" Length
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4.5" Length

Item # 4641
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StewMac Fretbar Understring Leveler 9" Length
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9" Length

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$29.95

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StewMac Fretbar Understring Leveler 18" Length
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18" Length

Item # 4643
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StewMac Fretbar Understring Leveler, 4.5" Length with Stikit Set
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4.5" Length with Stikit Set

Item # 2344
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$68.35

StewMac Fretbar Understring Leveler, 9" Length with Stikit Set
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9" Length with Stikit Set

Item # 2345
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$78.35

StewMac Fretbar Understring Leveler, 18" Length with Stikit Set
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18" Length with Stikit Set

Item # 2346
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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.

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, with the exception of our Fret Tang Nippers. 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.



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5.0

Amazing tool

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When I tell you this is the best tool I’ve ever bought! I bought the 4.5” for spot leveling. I couldn’t get rid of buzzing in two particular spots on my fretboard, this solved my problem in 5 minutes. Best tool ever because you can level under string tension. Buy one now

5.0

Good idea

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I've always used my "I" section spirit level for exactly this job. And when its done its job I still have a spirit level.

5.0

Love it!

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To me this is an essential tool for the beginner guitar setup hobbyist. I’m not planning to make a living at working on guitars, however no matter what level you are this Leveler is a must!! It’s a great way to easily and accurately level your frets with the strings on. Of course you can also use it when the strings are off, but you lose the tension on the neck. I also use this tool as a neck or fret level checker so to me it’s a multi tool.

5.0

Excellent!

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This works perfectly! I tamed some tricky frets on the first 3 guitars I used this on. I bought the 9" version for more versatility, but I'll be getting the 18" soon too for the next round of guitars.

5.0

great tool

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good quality built tool

5.0

Brilliant design by one of the best.

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I had been waiting for these to come to the market after I saw them in use at 30th St. Guitars. It’s such a simple but multifaceted tool with many uses. the slots where the strings go is perfect for squaring off bits and acoustic saddles. I would recommend the whole kit of both lengths and the stickum sandpaper in the correct widths. Thank you StewMac for going into the trenches and finding great tools from the minds of master techs.

5.0

Works wonderfully

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The weight and ergonomics are great, the precision is spot-on. I have yet to use it with the strings on, but would not hesitate to do so.

5.0

Useful and time saving.

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Had a neck that was mostly fine but with high spots, without even changing the string tension I just set it straight as needed the used the bar and it made leveling the high frets so much easier along the entire neck, for this I used the 18'
The small 4.5' is nice but be careful as these can take of fret material quite fast.

5.0

Finally!

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As someone who is about 5 percent precise as Dan Erlewine, I struggled months trying to get my strat and Satriani guitar to play with low action without buzzing in the lower frets.Received this tool today, and within a few minutes remedied both guitars. Great for pros and 5 percenters like me!

5.0

Great tool

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Nice tool for spot leveling while under tension. I had been using a piece of aluminum T- stock, but this has a nice handle and the added weight makes it much easier to use. Highly recommended.

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