A major Stewmac shopping round..

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by D.Don, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Round about 300 bucks, need to be able to create nuts and perform fretdressing, already got dressing files and I will get radius blocks for the needed radius locally in France when needed (smaller gauge nut files for guitar nuts can also be found at ok prices here). I purchase abrasives locally so there's none of those included either.

    Anything else you suggest I should seriously consider for these tasks?

    0835 Gauged Nut Slotting Files - 0.056" width
    4551 Gauged Nut Slotting Files - 0.065" width
    4543 Double-edge Nut Files - 0.036" / 0.042"
    4544 Double-edge Nut Files - 0.050" / 0.060"
    4545 Double-edge Nut Files - 0.075" / 0.090"
    4546 Double-edge Nut Files - 0.105" / 0.120"
    1816 Nut and Saddle Vise

    Gauged Nut Slotting Files - 0.046" width <-- Skipped this one, as I assume the .042 will do just fine for .046 too.

    5269 Fret Polishing Wheels - Complete outfit
    1826 Fret Dressing Stick - Dressing Stick with 8 belts (2 of each grit)
    1827 Fret Dressing Stick - Stick only

    Router base and guitar wire I've been about to order for quite a while, I am sure I can find guitar wire cheaper and in larger volumes somewhere else, though it'd be nice to see what kind of quality this one is.

    5260 Precision Router Base
    1586 Shielded Guitar Circuit Wire

    I could use some polishing stuff too for improving scratched bodies and such, but I am sure there are other solutions than buying "special polishing" from SM for a lot of money, will investigate this further when needed.


  2. XylemBassGuitar

    XylemBassGuitar Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 14, 2008
    Durango, CO
    Owner and Operator, Xylem Handmade Basses and Guitars
    If you're going to be putting bevels on the fret ends, you might want to take a look at the fret bevelling file, she's a real time saver.

    You might also want to check out Dan Erlewine's book Fret Work Step-by-Step. The book has a ton of useful information and tricks for fretting, dressing, levelling and re-fretting.

    Happy shopping.
  3. Hm, looks like a pretty nice time saver indeed!

    Will definitely check that book!