Fret Cut Lettering and Sign Trays

If you’re looking for striking, modern, and professional signage for your commercial premises, fret cut sign trays and fret letters can be the perfect solution. Combining LED illumination with durability and cost-effectiveness, these signs are ideal for offices, shops, restaurants, and a range of other businesses.

At JMF, we’ve spent four decades designing, manufacturing, and installing commercial signage for businesses across the UK. Our comprehensive service, unrivalled expertise, and industry-leading production facilities make us the perfect partner for your fret cut sign project, no matter your business’ size or budget.

To discuss the ways in which we can help your company, contact our helpful team today. Alternatively, keep reading for our comprehensive guide to fret cut signage.

What Is a Fret Cut Sign?

Fret cut is a process through which decorative elements are cut in relief from a flat surface. This is achieved through the use of CNC router and high-powered laser, and is supported by a wide range of materials (including aluminium, ACM board, acrylic, and foam PVC).

The fret cut process can be used to create signs in a number of different ways:

Fret Cut Letters

Fret cut letters are individual pieces of lettering that have been precisely cut from a chosen material. These can be used to spell out a company name, create a logo, or display a message or slogan.

Once cut, the letters are set proud of the adjacent surface. They can be left as-is, or combined with external illumation for added impact.

Fret Cut Sign Trays

For a fret cut sign tray, individual letters or logos are cut from the chosen material. The fret cut areas are then mounted with acrylic, with LED illumination modules added to the interior of the sign tray.

A cut sign tray can be powder coated to match any RAL colour, and can be supplied with a matt or gloss finish.

Push-Through Fret Cut Letters

For push-through fret cut lettering, the acrylic backing is pushed 10mm through the exterior of the sign tray. This technique can produce a 3D effect, adding to the overall impact of the illumination effect.

The Benefits of Fret Cut Signage

There are many potential benefits to choosing fret cut manufacturing for your new sign project. These include:


Fret cut signs are highly accurate, with a finish that is second-to-none.

This high level of quality is achieved through the use of state-of-the-art CNC routers and laser cutting machines, as well as the latest software. Combined, these allow us to produce intricate designs and tight tolerances that wouldn’t be possible with traditional methods.


Fret cut signs are also incredibly durable. The material is cut cleanly and precisely, meaning there are no sharp edges or vulnerable points.

The signage can be adapted to suit any environment, thanks to the wide range of materials that can be used. These include aluminium, stainless steel, brass, bronze, and a variety of plastics.


If you’re looking to unveil your new branding to your customers, fret cut lettering offers the ultimate in creative freedom.

A fret cut sign can be coated to match any RAL colour, giving you complete control over the final look of your signage. What’s more, the accurate cutting process allows for the display of intricate details, with the option to install on almost any wall surface.


Fret cut signage is an incredibly cost-effective solution, thanks to the high level of automation involved in their manufacture. This means that even the most complex designs can be produced quickly and easily, without compromising on quality or durability.

Fret Cut Signs by JMF Group: A Great Product and an Excellent Service.

Whether you’re looking for fret cut letters or sign trays, JMF is a one-stop shop. Our all-service agency is on hand to take care of your entire signage project, including:

Site Survey

At JMF, we believe a great sign starts with an understanding of its final location. That’s why we offer all our clients a free site survey (UK mainland only), during which we’ll take measurements and photographs, and note any specific requirements.


Once we have all the information we need, our team of experienced designers will outline a concept that perfectly meets your needs. We’ll work with you to finalise the design, ensuring you’re absolutely delighted with every aspect before moving on to production.


All our signs are manufactured in-house at our state-of-the-art facilities in the North East. We keep in stock a huge range of raw materials, and our streamlined logistics processes are optimised to ensure you never have to wait long for your new sign.


Our installation engineers work across the UK, ensuring that all our fret cut lettering and tray signage is supplied and attached to the highest possible standards. As part of our excellent service, we will contact you to arrange a convenient time, minimising disruption to your business.

What Are You Waiting For?

To learn more about our unbeatable service, contact us today—we can’t wait to get to work on your new signage project!

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