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Fret End Dressing File

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The first thing a player feels is the fret ends, so always shape them with this file. Smooth, non-marring edges glide on the fingerboard while the fine-toothed sides deburr and round the fret.

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For rounding, shaping and deburring.
This specialized file dresses the ends of the frets after they've been installed, trimmed flush and beveled.

One thin edge is ground "safe" to help protect the fretboard, and the other rounded over. This file cuts only where it needs to: on both sharp corners of the unground thin edge, and on both of the wider toothed cutting surfaces.

The cutting surfaces smooth the fret end bevel, and the sharp corners nip off the sharp burrs at the edge of the fret bevel where it meets the edge of the neck. With the safe edge facing down, the cutting surfaces of this little file do a good job of rounding over and shaping the fret ends.

File dimensions are .062" x .125" x 6", with 3" cutting surfaces.

Essential for fretting
The Fret End Dressing File is one of seven tools included in our Essential Fretting Tool Kit, a compilation of tools you'll need for the fundamentals of fret work. Kit also includes our book, Fretwork Step By Step by Erick Coleman with Dan Erlewine.

Works on stainless frets, too!
All of our tools are suitable for use on stainless-steel fretwire, with the exception of our Fret Tang Nippers and Fret Cutters. Modern stainless-steel fretwire is known to be harder than the traditional nickel-silver blends, but our own shop experience indicates the wire does not cause premature wear of files or sandpapers.
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Fret End Dressing File
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5 2-05-2014
Awesome tool

My wife purchased a Fender Squire for my Christmas gift. All the frets were very sharp on the edges. I took it to a small guitar shop to have it set up and the frets fixed. They did set up my guitar, but said they couldn't do anything about the sharp fret ends. I purchased this tool to fix the frets myself, and it worked perfectly. Very simple to use and didn't damage my fretboard. Now all my frets are very smooth. I did use some very fine sand paper to finish the frets, but this tool made the job so easy. I recommend this to anyone with sharp frets.

Larry Lenz  Henderson, NV
5 2-02-2014
Fret End Dressing File

This is a tiny little thing, but it does as it's intended.

Red Fox Guitars  Albert Lea, MN Read my reviews (15)
5 1-25-2014
You will use it everyday

If you do any fret work at all, you will use this file! I use it everyday in my shop. A must have for dressing fret ends!

Stillborn  Harlan, Ia Read my reviews (3)
5 1-19-2014
Fret End dressing File

I have always enjoyed working on guitars especially the fret area. The Fret End Dressing File is perfect for dressing fret ends without spending a fortune with a shop especially in Nashville. Thank you. Louis

Louis Vedros  Nashville,Tennessee
5 1-17-2014
Well designed

Perfect little tool. One flat edge, one curved edge, lets you address any angle without digging into surrounding wood. I'm sure I'll use this forever.

Hipabilly  Bowling Green, KY Read my reviews (4)
3 12-26-2013
Not bad.

A nice little file. The handle is a bit small which limits control , but overall it has potential uses for cleaning burrs from the fret end where it contacts the fingerboard. The main difficulty is that the handle is quite small. Easy enough to plant the tool in a larger file handle which would enhance its function.

Al Watsky  Leonia NJ Read my reviews (2)
5 11-22-2013
fret end dressing file

Doe's what says it will do, if you don't want to feel sharp fret ends after fret work, then you need this file. I am very happy with mine, and so are my customers.

Hanna musical co.  st.johns,az Read my reviews (4)
5 11-22-2013
Why did I wait so long?

Out of the two hundred (?) or so times I have 'needed' this exact tool, I have only used needle files with the edges ground/rounded off. I have made a least 5 over the last two decades, and not one has done as great a job as this file! I am now 3 fretjobs in, and can't tell you how pleased I am to NOT be having to go back and touch up small gouges in the binding. I am thrilled with this tool, and it's SO cheap!

Kerry Krishna  Prince George BC Read my reviews (2)
5 11-09-2013
Perfect Tool

its just what I needed.

pablopuerto  Chile Read my reviews (16)
5 11-06-2013
Must-have Tool

This little tool is the best file I have every used for fret work. It only files the frets, not the surrounding fretboard. Must-have tool!

Mark B  CT Read my reviews (2)
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