Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files

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Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files Fret Leveler, 3"

Fret Leveler, 3"

Item # 0861
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Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files Fret Leveler, 6"

Fret Leveler, 6"

Item # 0862
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Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files Fingerboard leveler, 6"

Fingerboard leveler, 6"

Item # 0864
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Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files

These custom-made files give you a handle on your fret work!

These files work quickly to level frets or fingerboards, leaving a smooth finish.

Each file is 1" wide with a comfortable hardwood handle. The 6" length is for general use, and the 3" length is for spot leveling.

The fret leveling files have single-cut teeth with a steeper angle to eliminate "chatter." They cut faster and smoother than most fret leveling files we've used, they work quickly, and they're great for dressing and beveling fret ends.

The fingerboard leveler is a double-cut file for ebony, rosewood and pearl inlays. Despite its rough appearance, it leaves a smooth finish.

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 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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6 " - Leveling Files

(Customer's Reviews)

I worked for several years with 6 "- # 0862 and # 0864
Very good quality. Comfortable in the hand.
# 0862 on steel frets after 80-100 musical instruments - blunted canvas.
# 0864 is only used for pearl dots. Everything is fine !!!


Good Fret Leveling

(Customer's Reviews)

Used the 6" fret leveling file to even out worn frets on moderately worn out guitar frets. Using a blue sharpie to color the fret tops and have a visual of what spots needed to be leveled helped a lot. Also a little nervous about using without a curved radius sander to get the radius true, but if its already been trued it should work okay.


Fret Leveling Files

(Customer's Reviews)

I bought one of these to remedy "fret sprout" on several of my guitars after our long, dry winter. I appreciated the fact that my Stew-Mac sales rep took the time to help me get familiar with the process of actually doing the work, and he also directed me to an instructional article on their website. I should have bought the fretboard tape, so I did the filing without it, which is not a good idea, but I got the job done satisfactorily, which saved me money in repair fees. I also bought a small file for smoothing the fret ends, which was also handy and easy to use. Doing this work made me realize I could do these simple repairs myself from now on.

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