© 2019 by GMC Luthier Tools

FRETWORK / FRET CUTTING JIG

For neatly prepared frets using basic workshop tools.

Fretting Jig | GMC Luthier Tools
Fret Cutting Jig | GMC Luthier Tools

ADVANTAGES

 

  • BASIC WORKSHOP TOOLS

 

The fretwire can be accurately cut to length using a fine tooth junior hacksaw, the tang can be removed with a small needle file.

 

  • TWIST/DISTORTION FREE ENDS

 

As the fretwire is firmly clamped on the tang either side of the central jig slot, snagging of the fret wire and distortion of the fret ends is avoided as the cut is made.

 

  • IMPROVED PREPARATION

 

Waste is reduced and the the cut produces a clean/usable end for the next fret start.

 

  • FRETBOARD RADII COMPARISON

 

The jig plates provide a useful reference for comparison against when forming / bending fretwire.

 

OVERVIEW

 

The fret jig assists detail work including length cutting and tang removal, enabling these tasks to be accomplished using basic workshop tools.

This is made possible through the provision of clamp plates / jaws with a simulated fingerboard radius. The jaws are separated by a parallel gap for the tang which permits easy removal/re-seating of the fret and ensures positive clamping of the fretwire.

The fretwire tang is clamped by tightening the allen key clamp screws.

 

JIG COMPONENTS & DESCRIPTION

 

The jig body comprises of an aluminium backplate with 2 precision dowel location pins onto which the interchangeable fret profile clamp plates and the tang gap spacer washer are mounted.

The jig can be clamped in a bench vice or permanently fixed in a suitable position via the two mounting holes.

Guitar Fretwork Jig | GMC Luthier Tools

Photo showing typical content - (Fret Profile Plates supplied will be dependent on option selected).

 

CLAMPING & CUTTING FRETWIRE IN THE JIG

 

Position the fretwire as shown at the centre point of the jig to remove any unusable wire and to create a clean end.

Tighten the clamp screws and cut through into the centre slot using a fine tooth Junior Hacksaw (32 TPI is recommended).

MARK REQUIRED FRET LENGTH

 

Mark the required fret length allowing a small amount for finishing and re-position the fretwire in the jig for cutting to length. 

DEBURRING FRET ENDS / FRET TANG REMOVAL

 

The ends can be deburred in the jig.

The tang can be easily removed with a needle file if necessary.

The jig can be turned on its side in the bench vice for convenient access.

ACCURATE PRE-CUT FRETS

 

The jig will enable frets to be pre-cut accurately to length, without distortion and with a minimal amount of material left on each end for finishing on the instrument. 

Our Fretwork Jig is available from the Webstore.