“I recently purchased a beautiful fingerboard from you and now I am thinking of grabbing fretwire from you as well. Unfortunately I'm cheap and lazy and find myself here asking if it is possible to pay more to have your fretwire radiused before it is sent? You guys would be the coolest ever. No matter what the outcome, I will be sending more business your way from here in Maine. Hoping for good news! Thank you!"
Our Professional end cutters (SPEN) are expensive, but well worth the price if you are cutting a lot of fretwire. We used them for a solid month in our shipping department (we cut A LOT of fretwire!) and they didn’t chip once! They even held up ok against stainless wire, although even these cutters will chip over time cutting stainless wire.
Our economy cutters (SPENT) work fine to do a few fret jobs, but they will chip over time. These cutters work great on nickel/silver wire, but will not work cutting stainless steel. We recommend our SPSC diagonals for harder wire.
Our reasonably priced diagonal, wide jaw pliers (SPSC) are solid-jointedand do a good job on stainless steel wire. They won’t last forever, but they’re priced so they can be replaced when needed. The cutters are forged, high-carbon steel and the diagonal face is ground for flush cutting.
NOTE ON CUTTING STAINLESS STEEL FRETWIRE: It is important to have realistic expectations when working with stainless fretwire. Damage is inevitable, even with the best cutters. Therefore, LMI does not replace cutters damaged by stainless steel fretwire. An alternative to nippers are the inexpensive cutting wheels used with a Dremel (or similar tool).