Handheld Fret Press

Regular price $73.99

Handheld fret press is a professional fretting tool that gives you finer control over the pressure needed to seat a fret into the slot, you can actually feel it seating! It eliminates complicated clamping setups, so your press-in fret jobs go faster. There's a self-leveling upper caul that adjusts easily to any neck and 9 interchangeable 2-1/2" brass inserts for your choice, grooved to fit over the fretwire crown.

Quick-change neck cauls, four padded neck support cauls, to cradle any neck:
Standard for guitar and bass
Wide for classical guitar
Narrow for ukulele, mandolin and banjo
Flat for bolt-on neck heels

This is a durable steel tool that's easily adjustable. It has a fine thumbwheel adjustment for clamping pressure. A clamp release lever unlocks the tool. Jaws opens enough to accommodate any instrument neck

The full length of this tool is about 12.5"(320mm)


First, practice on scrap

Handheld Fret Press has the strength to press a fret down into the fingerboard surface, so don't overtighten! The idea is to gently squeeze the fret in without clamping it. (See below for separate instructions on using it as a clamp.)

Get a feel for the tool by gripping and releasing a board, or the edge of your benchtop. The action is two-handed: one hand turns the thumbwheel while the other hand is opening and closing the tool.

If you've never fretted an instrument, you'll need to know the traditional hammer method before using a professional tool like this tool. Hammering is still needed for installing frets on the fingerboard over the body.

Choose a brass fret caul that matches the fingerboard curve.

Step 1: Clamp loosely

To start, try the top hinge position (the most commonly used setting). Place the neck caul under the neck, and position the tool so the fret caul will come down next to the fret, not on top of the fret. Slowly squeeze the tool closed while also turning the thumbwheel. With the tool fully closed, the fret caul should almost touch the fingerboard, but not quite. Use a very light touch, so that you don't make caul marks on the fingerboard. Placing a business card on the fingerboard is helpful at first: this prevents caul marks, and the thickness of the card sets the proper gap between the caul and the fingerboard. With the jaws loosely closed over the fingerboard, you're in the correct range for clamping.

Step 2: Move onto the fret

Open jaws enough to move the caul onto the fret. Adjust the thumbwheel to get a loose fit so the tool won't lock as you press the fret in.

Step 3: Press the fret in

Squeeze the fret into the slot gradually, relaxing your grip momentarily to adjust the jaw opening with the thumbwheel. You will feel the fret ease into the slot and become seated. Stop clamping as soon as the fret is seated. There's no need to close the tool until it locks — you'll have the best feel for seating a fret by relying on hand pressure only.

Using it as a clamp

If you choose to use glue under a fret, this tool will clamp the fret while the glue dries. Adjust the tool so that it barely touches the fret when closed and locked. Now open up and use the thumbwheel to close the jaws down just a little bit, then clamp the fret. This requires very little pressure: just enough to hold the fret down without coming loose. Too much pressure would clamp the fret deeper than intended.

Tip: Slightly bevel the fret slot

A slight bevel on the fret slot edges helps the fret tang into the slot. One pass with a fine file will do it. Press the fret with your fingertip, and it will stand upright in the beveled slot.


Shipping & Return

  • Shipping


For orders from the United States, we ship them from the US, usually ship by USPS First Class (3-7 days), FedEx (4-7 days) or UPS Ground.
For orders from other counties except the United States, We ship your order from China, Shipping time is about 10-18 business days to arrive for most countries, and we also have Express shipping way if you want it to be faster, It takes around a week to arrive. All shipping methods are trackable.

We will send a shipping email with the tracking number to you once your order shipped.

  • Return
We have a 30-day return policy, which means you have 30 days after receiving your item to request a return.

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