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FRET PRESSING FOR GUITAR AND NECKS

GMC Luthier Tools Fret Pressing Product Range includes Fret Press Systems for bolt on guitar necks, solid body guitars and complete guitar fret press/workstations for acoustic guitars and set neck guitars.

PRESS INSERTS

The included inserts are manufactured from stainless steel and have a flat cross section/fret contact face which facilitates easy seating on the fret and allows a small degree of angular and radial misalignment between the tool and fret.

The presses are supplied with inserts in several options or as a full set - 7.25", 9.5", 10", 12", 14", 16", 17", 20" & Flat - depending on press system.

Guitar neck fret press - press inserts

OPTIONAL - GROOVED FRET PRESS INSERTS

Grooved Inserts manufactured from brass are also available from the webstore and these are available in singles and multiples.

The grooved inserts also offer an extended range with 11 options available: 7.25", 9.5", 10", 12", 14", 15", 16", 17", 18", 20" & Flat.

If you would prefer a system to be supplied with grooved inserts only, please contact us for a quotation prior to ordering.

Guitar neck fret press UK - caul and grooved brass insert

FRET PRESS FOR GUITAR NECKS

The Fret Press For Guitar Necks is designed for smaller volume guitar building and repair work. It is compact in size and ideal for use where space / workshop access is limited. It can even be used on a desktop and is fitted with rubber skids for worktop surface protection. The press inserts are 62mm wide and are suitable for conventional guitar necks. The press is not designed for bass guitar necks.

Guitar neck fret press - with neck support and inserts
Guitar neck fret press | fitted with caul and insert

BASS GUITAR / MULTISCALE GUITAR NECK FRET PRESS

The Bass Guitar / Multiscale Guitar Neck Press unit is designed for wider necks including bass guitar necks, 7/8-string guitar necks and multiscale guitar necks. The press inserts are 75mm wide. The press can still be used for standard guitar necks.

Guitar neck fret press UK | for bass guitar and multiscale guitars
Guitar neck fret press | For 8 strings and 75 mm wide necks

The press is available with 3 insert options (75mm wide) :    7.25", 9.5", 10"   -   12", 14", 16"   -   17", 20", Flat.

Additional inserts can be added as required.

GUITAR FRET PRESS

FOR SET NECK & SOLID BODY INSTRUMENTS

The Guitar Fret Press is designed for set neck / solid body guitars. Its robust construction combined with 75mm wide press inserts makes it suitable for bass guitars and multiscale guitars also. It can also be used for fretting detached necks. It is a self-contained solution that does not require any additional equipment.

Guitar fret press UK | spans guitar body
Guitar fret press | body support
Guitar fret press | cross beam and lever handle
Guitar fret press | with neck support

The press is also suitable for use with multiscale instruments as there is sufficient space between the pillars for the guitar to be placed at the different angles required for each fret. (The neck locator is not fixed and will find its own position underneath the neck).

For multiscale instruments, the true radius of each fret will differ slightly from the nominal radius of the fretboard. This is only fractional but the radius will become 'flatter' as the fret angle increases. This is easily accommodated by using the next adjacent insert radius size. 

GUITAR FRET PRESS / WORKSTATION

The Guitar Fret Press / Workstation is a complete guitar press system with an integrated guitar workstand. The workstation is designed to fret all positions on a guitar in a single set up. 3 versions of the workstation are available. The guitar is secured onto a workstand and transferred underneath press.

 

The fret is aligned underneath the press insert by sliding the workstand left or right. The workstand is easily positioned between the frets and can be locked in position using the two circular clamp discs on the base. Operation of the press is made via turning the top handle.

Guitar fret press | For solid body guitars
Guitar fret press | For acoustic guitars

The workstation frame is constructed from oak, stainless steel and aluminium. The frame incorporates an open tenon design on the base which interlocks the press and guitar workstand together.

The design provides excellent utilisation of workspace. The raised guitar support keeps the instrument above a dusty work bench whilst creating space for placing of tools below.

GENERAL GUIDELINE - FRET SLOTS & PREPARATION

1) The fret should be pre-bent for the radius of the fretboard.

2) When viewed from above, the fret should be straight and not twisted.

3) Ensure correct tang/slot fit.

4) Ensure the fret slots are free of any dust or obstructions that would prevent the fret from seating.

The press utilises a manual lever and screw mechanism. If the frets do not seat fully or excessive force is required then the fret tang width and slot condition should be checked and remedied. This is a useful check/control of fret insertion force (and helps to guard against subsequent wood compression which can accumulate along the board and cause back bow).

 

With the above satisfied, the frets will be pushed perfectly home.