Please see our COVID-19 Statement
Japanese Fret Saw

Japanese Fret Saw

Japanese Fret Saw

Japanese Fret Saw

Item # 5755
In stock, ready to ship!

$56.30

+
Japanese Fret Saw and Depth Stop

Japanese Fret Saw and Depth Stop

Item # 5756
In stock, ready to ship!

$67.08

+
Depth Stop for Fret Saws

Depth Stop for Fret Saws

Item # 5319
In stock, ready to ship!

$10.78

+
StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box with Japanese Fret Saw

StewMac Fret Slotting Miter Box with Japanese Fret Saw

Item # 2232
In stock, ready to ship!

List Price $292.43
Your Price $277.81

+
 
Total:
Qty:
Scroll to Top

Japanese Fret Saw

About This Item

Our most efficient saw for fret slots! Handmade, each saw cuts on the pull-stroke. This traditional design reduces blade flex and jamming as you saw the slot.

A StewMac exclusive.
The craftsmanship and efficiency of traditional handmade Japanese woodworking saws are legendary. We are pleased to offer a unique example made specifically for cutting fret slots, complete with easy depth-of-cut adjustment. This is our smoothest, most efficient handsaw for fret work—it cuts FAST!

The thumbscrew-adjustable clear acrylic Depth Stop slides up and down for precise control of fret slot depth. It's removable for cutting off the ends of a blank fingerboard, or for use with our Fret Slotting Miter Box.

SAVE when you order our unique Fret Slotting Miter Box with your saw, and enjoy the most versatile fret slotting solution for the small shop.

TIP: The blade features extremely sharp teeth, with precise .023" kerf to match our fretwire. Because it cuts faster than a standard fret saw, it must be held perpendicular to the fretboard. If not, you can quickly cut a wider slot than you expect. We recommend our Fret Slotting Miter Box for keeping the saw in proper alignment.

Overall length 19-3/4" (501.65mm)
Cutting length 9-3/4" (247.65mm)
Blade depth 1-3/4" (44.45mm)
Rigid nickel-plated brass spine
Comfortable traditional bamboo handle


Cut accurate 90-degree slots when you use the saw with our Fret Slotting Miter Box. Add a Fret Scale Template and you'll never miscalculate your fret positions.


CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


Customer Reviews

  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Average
  • Fair
  • Poor
Write a review
4.5
  • 4.68 average rating from 102 reviews
Sort by
5.0

Need more practice.

By

Verified Buyer


This saw seems great. It is a little more aggressive than I imagined and a little challenging to get started without the miter box. Once you get the feel for it this saw is a sweet little tool. I look forward to using it more.

5.0

Worked Great To Deepen Slots

By

Verified Buyer


I'm more of a player than a luthier but I've been trying more and more advanced repairs with age. I pulled the frets out of '52 reissue Tele, flattened the radius to 12" and re-fretted with Stew Mac frets. Success! I also used the Erlewine Neck Jig. It came out like a pro job. This saw worked perfect to get the fret slots to match the Stew Mac frets. I highly recommend having the depth gauge attached. I can now set the action to 1mm at the 12th fret with out any buzzes or bend issues. I'm quite proud.

5.0

Great Saw

By

Verified Buyer


I use this for a lot more than frets - quick and accurate.

5.0

Great saw

By

Verified Buyer


Very well made. You need to supply us with replacement blades. Come on Stew Mac.

4.0

Japanese fret saw

By

Verified Buyer


Multiple uses. Sharp and easy to hold. Wished I bought it sooner.

5.0

An essential tool

By

Verified Buyer


Razor sharp and fast cutting on ebony - spot on.

5.0

You get what you pay for...and you won't be sorry.

By

Verified Buyer


I am new to the guitar building game and I knew that I would eventually want cut my own fret slots. Always wanting to save money, I went to amazon and bought a $15 dollar fret saw. Turns out that my first fret board was a nice piece of (very hard) African black wood. Not only was this saw absolutely useless on this wood, it also wouldn't cut hot butter. $15 down the drain. So, I decided to get Stewmacs Japanese fret saw. Not only is this saw sharp as a razor, it is also very comfortable to use. Very nice!!! You know, Stewmac may be more expensive than some others but I have yet to purchase anything from them that was not of the highest quality and I have never felt like I got ripped off by paying too much. In other words, the build quality of the tool always stands out in my mind above the price.

5.0

So much smoother to pull.

By

Verified Buyer


I have a Waverly back saw and miter box for cutting fret slots. Due to the narrow set it would start to bind on nearly every slot. With the pull stroke this saw has almost no tendency to bind.

5.0

Prefer it over the other fret saw (#5744) when using StewMac's fret slotting miter box

By

Verified Buyer


I have both the western style StewMac fret saw #5744 and this one which I am using in the StewMac fretting miter box (with the mando/banjo template). Of the two saws (both of which are new) this Japanese style saw works noticeably better than the other one in this miter box guided application.

While the other saw cut slots cleanly, quickly and acceptably both unguided and in the miter box, I had found its blade was too narrow (from teeth to spine) to cut the slot depths I needed on some 7/32" thick mando fingerboards without shimming them on the template. It would bottom out on the depth adjustment bearings before reaching the depth I needed. For reasons which may have been due to some slight irregularity in the straightness of the spine, it also sometimes rode roughly/unevenly on those bearings.

After contacting StewMac regarding these concerns they supplied this saw for trial. I've used it on just one mando fretboard so it earns the five stars entirely for initial quality...fast cutting, worked much more smoothly in the miter box than the other saw right out of the packaging.

Like most Japanese saws with teeth this fine durability/tooth life is always something to keep in mind. But given that I slot relatively few boards, that I use these saws only for fret slotting and that I keep the blades sheathed when not in use, I suspect this saw will suit my needs for some time to come and definitely seems to perform better in my StewMac miter box than the western style saw.

I very much appreciated the speedy, considerate and fair follow up StewMac's Customer Service Rep provided regarding the purchase of these two saws.

5.0

Great saw!!

By

Verified Buyer


Got this today and I must say it took a few passes to get used to it but after that it made short work of a few fret boards. Cuts quickly and smoothly. We'll see how long ot holds up but from the gate it comes out running far ahead of the others.

Showing 10 of 102 Read more reviews >>