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Best Source for Luthier Tools

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Brooks, May 14, 2003.

  1. Brooks


    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    A friend of mine is working on becoming a luthier and wants to buy a bunch of tools. Which online place is the best (read cheapest) for this? SteMac has most of what he wants, but prices are a bit high.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    He'll want to shop around. I recommend spreading out the buying so you won't buy a bunch of stuff you'll later realize you don't use that much. Lots of what you get at Stew-Mac you can get elsewhere. Here are a few good places:

    Luthier's Mercantile AllParts
    Japan Woodworker

    The most important things I bought from Stew-Mac (could probably be found at LMI):

    the fret bender
    nut slotting files
    fret tang nipper
    fret crowning file

    channelock nippers can be bought at local hardware stores

    good straightedges from Starret.

    A thin kerf saw for cleaning fret slots I bought at Woodworker's Warehouse.

    I good vice with non-marking jaws I got from Stew-Mac, but you could get it elsewhere.
    Good chisels and sharpening stones from Japan WW.

    Pretty much everything else I use is conventional woodworking equipment and supplies.