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- Fret Setting Rocker Tool: 4 3/4-inch Red Oak Handle - a C. B. Gitty Original!
Fret Setting Rocker Tool: 4 3/4-inch Red Oak Handle - a C. B. Gitty Original!
DROP THE HAMMER! Here is an easy-to-use solution for setting frets into your fretboard, with no hammering required! Our own Jeff Rich developed this tool based on machines he saw while working in the Fender Guitars factory in Mexico, and used his spare time out in the Gitty workshop to bring it to life. Ben Gitty then suggested adding a brass rod extension on one end (for a bit of light tapping in of the more stubborn frets), and a new tool was born.
Each one of these is hand-crafted here at C. B. Gitty. We start with slabs of 2" thick red oak, mill them down to 1 3/4" rails, then run them through shapers and routers and sanders to create the final tool.
This tool is mean to be used in addition to a regular fret hammer, as an extra option for finessing frets into place. It is easy to hammer too hard when installing frets, causing the wire to bend and the ends to pop up, and this tool helps prevent that. Because it is made from wood (hardened red oak), over time the curved bottom surface of the tool will become grooved. It can be sanded to "re-dress" the surface as needed. With care and gentle use, this tool should last for many, many fretting jobs.
To use, get the fret wire (either a short piece or a longer stick) started by pressing the tang into one end of the slot, at an angle (see listing photo 3), then roll it into place along the length of the slot with steady downward and forward rolling motion. The fret wire should seat down snugly into place - you may even be able to feel a satisfying little bump as the tang barbs seat down into the slot.
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6pc. set of Fretboard Filing Guards - Perfect for protecting your fretboard while working on individual frets!