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What do *you* use to cut stainless fretwire?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by mlp-mx6, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. mlp-mx6

    mlp-mx6 Tele-Holic

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    My question relates to both flush cutting and undercutting the tang.

    Thanks, friends.
     
  2. Muttcaster

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    For .080" w x .040" t wire, I use the same Stew Mac tool I use for nickel/silver. For taller wire, it still works but takes more effort. I just did a mandolin with .040" w x .040" t wire and had to pre-cut the tang with a small pair of clippers before I could use the tool to actually remove the tang. I tried several ways and that worked best, overall.
     
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    For undercutting the tang, I use a flex shaft tool with a small Dremel-sized cutoff wheel and I wear a pair of magnifying glasses. I can get 95% of it that way. Then I file it flush to the bottom of the fret.
     
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    I've never done this but I do love my Warmoth necks with Stainless Steel frets. I assume this is a difficult task since they charged me $20 for a normal neck and on my newest neck with binding they charged $65. They said that undercutting the frets for the binding was a real pain. They said that they would wear out 2 of their tools for each neck they did in the past - now they have a different way that doesn't waste tools, but takes a long time. He didn't tell me what the new way was. Sorry my post in't helpful, or helpful at all.
     
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    A jewelers saw with a 0/0 blade and a flex-shaft with a small grinding wheel to clean up the ends/duts.

    You can also use a flex-shaft machine (or a yucko Dremel)and a abrasive cut-off tool.

    To crown the ends I use a good Grobet (or swiss) #4 file which doesn't last long. (I grind a "safe edge" on the sides)
     
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