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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

Bargain!

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I have several tools/files to dress fret ends. I use this more than all the others combined. A little finesse and practice and this is incredibly easy to use and easy on your work. Every shop needs one of these.

5.0

File is great

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This is the best file I have used for touching up and finishing work in fret jobs. I have several in case I can't remember where i laid the last one down. I have a warranty repair and restoration shop in Ottawa, Ontario and this is an indispensable tool for the work I do.

5.0

Fret file

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Very nice to use and does what it supose to.

5.0

quality tool

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I feel I received a quality tool that was also priced fairly. Also, quick shipping..

5.0

Perfect tool for the job.

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I had just built my first Les Paul style kit guitar, and didn't want to wing it with other modified tools. I bought the right tool. This file did great. It cut smooth and left almost no indication of it's use on the unmasked fretboard. The best $15 I've ever spent! Here's a photo of the frets before/after.

5.0

Exactly right!

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Bought this file for mandolin fretwork. It feels great in the hand, has the right size. Aggressive enough to be effective and gentle enough to leave a smooth fret end. The safety ends are a blessing - specially the rounded one. Highly recommended.

5.0

Does a great job!

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I bought this specifically for cleaning up the sharp fret ends on my Yamaha TRBX 505 bass guitar. It does a great job and it's definitely found a home in my bass tool kit! It's only $14, but it's worth its weight in gold!

5.0

Fret End File

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Precision tool. Tape the fret board for best results and check your progress regurlary.

5.0

great tool

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this is my favourite fret end dressing file , I recently mislaid my file and had to use other files I had , did not do the same job so quickly purchased another one from stew mac .

5.0

Great tool, very east to use!!!

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I bought this to fix the sharp ends on my Kala u-bass sub - very easy to use, with very minimal scrapes on fretboard. Make sure you take the neck off or protect the body with tape/cardboard. Also, make sure you have the convex side down then you start working - it's easy to flip over and cause more fretboard wear than you wanted.

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