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:

1. Acoustic Guitar Workstation.

2. Set Neck / Through Neck Guitar Workstation.

3. Universal Guitar Workstation.

The following is a comparison and application of all 3 versions. For specific details on each version, please refer to the above links.


1) Acoustic Guitar Workstation.

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2) Set Neck / Through Neck Guitar Workstation.

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3) Universal Guitar Workstation


The workstation frame is constructed from oak, stainless steel and aluminium. The framework incorporates a sliding/open tenon on the base which interlocks the fret press and guitar workstand together.

The design allows for maximum utilisation of workspace. The narrow base footprint and supports raise the instrument above the work bench creating a comfortable working height and space for placing of tools.



The workstand provides a strong, secure guitar platform for working. It is easily removed from the press and can be used for everyday tasks including fret levelling, fret crowning, guitar setup, neck setup and general repairs/maintenance/cleaning.

The guitar workstand can also be purchased independent of the press. Please see the links below for further information on these.


1. Acoustic / Multi Purpose Guitar Workstand.

2. Solid Body Guitar Workstand.

3. Modular Guitar Workstand.​



The neck support is substantial to permit fret pressing and is covered with 3mm hard neoprene rubber. A removable cork mat - essential for guitars with fine or vintage finishes - is provided. The cork is a wear item and is provided loose for easy replacement.


A strong central neck clamp provides provides stability and secures the guitar onto the workstand. The clamp jaws have soft contact pads and can be raised/lowered to suit individual application. The contact pads are specially shaped to cater for clamping the neck angle and also parallel clamping. The clamp jaws are sprung open and tightened via a thumb-wheel. The outside of the clamp jaws can also be used to spread the strings.


When using the press, the guitar neck must sit flat along the length of the neck support. To achieve this the guitar body support height is adjusted until the neck is level along its own support. The body support is covered with 5mm thick firm neoprene foam.


The press is supplied with a full set of inserts. The inserts have a flat cross section/fret contact face. This affords easy seating on the fret and allows a small degree of angular and radial misalignment between the tool and guitar.

Grooved Inserts are also available from the webstore and these will mount onto the press through the addition of a caul. The grooved inserts can be purchased in singles or complete set.


The workstand with the guitar secured onto it, is transferred through the bridge press. The cross beam is lowered to pressing height and locked in position. 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 at each position using the two circular clamps. Operation of the press is made via turning the top handle.

The press comprises the following main components:

Aluminium baseplate with rubber feet.

Oak base frame with extension for sliding workstand.

Aluminium uprights for height adjustment of the press.

Stainless steel bridge with central fret press module and height locking screws.


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The majority of frets for an acoustic will be straightforward. When close to the sound hole, extra measures to avoid stress on the instrument are needed.


The soundboard press unit is designed for pressing frets over this area of the guitar. The point at which it should be used will be determined by each individual application.


The soundboard press unit is clamped in position using the main bridge press. A flat rectangular clamp plate is fitted to the main press screw for this purpose. The unit should be clamped as close to the neck support as possible. The cross beam is raised to accommodate the supplementary press unit.


The soundboard press slides in a separate channel/sliding tray that allows for alignment with the fret when the main press is unclamped. The slide tray has rubber grooves on the underside to protect the fretboard.


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The brace support can be attached to the unit when close to the soundhole. As the objective is to avoid structural damage, small adjustments are necessary when using the support and the fretting process is slower for this area.


Light back pressure is applied to the underside of the instrument brace by turning the top adjustment thumb-nut.


Correct use of the unit will ensure that compression is self contained and deflection of the soundboard wood is minimal.


Please note that the effective support will decrease for frets that are further away from the soundhole. It is essential therefore that the fret slots are cut to correct depth and cleaned out if necessary using a suitable tool to reduce deflection and to avoid any overstressing of the instrument. The system includes a rubber mat for protecting the soundhole and rosette.

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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.