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Fret End Dressing File

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Fret End Dressing File

About This Item

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.

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
This item is 1 of the 7 tools included in our Essential Fretting Tool Set, a compilation of tools you'll need for the fundamentals of fret work. The set also includes our book, Fret Work 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. 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.


Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Fixing fret ends that stick out in dry weather

This week, Erick Coleman answers a wintertime question: What to do about fret ends that stick out of the sides of the neck?

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5.0

Works Great

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I Needed to buy this for a new USA made guitar??. The file was easy to use and finished the fret ends Great.

5.0

Dont fret the fret work with these tools.

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I really liked the double end diamond fret shaper. It was fast and good. end shaper too. The fingerboard protectors not so much for me. i'm old fashioned and will use tape. Keep up the good work. well iv'e got to get back to wearing down the frets I just fixed.

5.0

Fret end dressing file

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Better than any other file you can imagine for this job.

5.0

Excellent tool

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Verified Buyer


This file did exactly what I needed it to do. Seems to be well made.

5.0

Great file for dressing fret ends!

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The gentleman who does my luthier work for me is great! He always does a fine job. But the round trip to his shop is slightly over 2 hours. So when I realized that one of my acoustics had rough fret ends I thought I'd buy the appropriate file and give it a go. Dang, this file did the job really well. The non-cutting edges of the file allowed me to get up close to the fret ends without putting any scratches in the fretboard. I especially liked using the file with the rounded non-file edge down. This lets you roll the file along the edge of the fret without leaving any marks on the board at all. Great file, excellent price, give it a try!

5.0

Just the tool i needed.

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I bought this tool to file the ends of the frets on my acoustic guitar and it did the job..

5.0

Amazing!

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Verified Buyer


Wish I had purchased this a long time ago. Perfect file.

5.0

This file is a must have for a shop.

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Works well and does a good job on the fret ends. It was a good buy.

5.0

Nice to have ....hard to find....

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Saw the video and appreciated the "how to". Wanted to give it a shot myself....so the file was just what I needed to do the job. Thanks

5.0

Perfect!!!

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Perfect fret file. Easy to use. THANKS!!!

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