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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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4.0

Good, but...

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...it is a very very fine file: it takes very long to file a fret end and I suspect it will not stay sharp for a very long time.

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We stand behind our return policy -- if you are not satisfied you may return it anytime for a refund or exchange. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273. Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us.

5.0

This Fret End Dressing File is the Best

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Sure you can by files that are smooth on one side but not smooth and round I could not believe that I've been doing it the hard way for so long. To heck with saving time which you do but the quality job is what makes the difference.

5.0

Great little file!

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I bought this thinking it was just for frets, but I use it for everything.

5.0

Must Have Fret Tool !

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If you work on frets this is a must have !!! It works perfect !

5.0

Fret end dressing file rocks

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This makes dressing fret ends so much easier then trying to do it with any other file !

5.0

Charvel Fret Ends

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This little tool turned my new Made In Mexico Charvel neck with fret end burrs into a smooth beauty!
Saved me a helluva lot of money! Thanks StewMac!

5.0

It really works!

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After trying several file brands, I grabbed this one for the job. Works excellent. Worth the money. Should of bought this one first.

5.0

must have for smoothing the ends of fret wire

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the rounded edge on one edge allows the use of a "rolling" stroke in order to smooth the metal without also filing the wood.

5.0

Fret End Dressing FIle

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Just the perfect tool to smooth the tangs and sharp ends of a lesser grade guitar from any store. I turned a cheap used starter guitar into a great feeling and safe playing neck in about an hour. Just a little practice and the slide motion becomes a muscle memory habit. I even cleaned up a high dollar guitar to being even better than new. I recommend this item for every enthusiast, best $20 I ever spent for music gear. I don't know how I lived without this for thirty years!

5.0

The Final Touch Up . . .

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I had to file back a bad case of fret sprouts, This file was perfect for finishing off the fret ends . . .

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