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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

Dressed for Success!

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Verified Buyer


In today's day of Craft Beers & Designer Coffee $15 is not much to spend on a Lil' File that could change your life. This is just another case of "Why the Hell did I wait SO DAMN LONG?" I like to build & or refurbish intermediately priced instruments and without fail the necks come with varying degrees of jagged frets. Especially in the dry winter months. This fret dressing file makes a pothole ridden northern winter road into a race track of fresh asphalt. Night & Day, Smooth as silk. All my frets are now dressed for success! Thank You Stew-mac! Sean in PA

5.0

Another great file to have

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Verified Buyer


So cheap, you can't be without one.
Doesn't damage fingerboard wood.

5.0

Fret End Dressing File

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Verified Buyer


I read different articles concerning fret protruding using files from hareware stores which could work also, but I think one would have to take extra care using them . This one is specifically made for that purpose and already the proper width . Although works well , I think it needs to be a little longer. My opinion. Thanks.

5.0

Very happy with it

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Verified Buyer


Works great, I don't even need to tape up the fretboard (I probably would on a precious guitar though, just for extra ensurance). A couple of swipes with the flat side down to get the edges off the bottom of the fret, then flip it over to the rounded side down to do the rest without worrying about fretboard and neck edge damage.

It's a lot tinier than I imagined, but that's fine. Frets are tiny too and obviously file width much higher than fret height would do no good.

5.0

Fret Dressing File

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Verified Buyer


Best file investment I have made in a while. Easy to use and safe as well.

5.0

Works as advertised

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Works as advertised. Because the edges of the file are smooth and protect the fret board, its perfect for a beginner like me.

5.0

Fret end dressing made much easier

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Verified Buyer


Having tried various tools over the years (with mixed results), I thought I would give this tool a try. I watched Dan Erlewine's video and it seemed like it was a tool that could make this tedious work a lot easier. When it arrived I was excited to get started. I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of use and the great results. Now, keep in mind this is skilled work and no tool is going to make you an expert instantly! This one does, however, have a great advantage over a lot of the tools that are out there. The smooth edges prevent damage to the fingerboard while allowing you to dress those fret ends very nicely.

5.0

It did a fine job, and I got more than the intended use out of it

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Verified Buyer


This file did a terrific job of its intended purpose of cleaning and shaping the ends of frets without damaging the wood of the adjacent fretboard. It cut quickly and cleanly.

I got a second, unintended use out of it, when on using another tool to shape the fret ends, I accidentally allowed the tool to ride up onto the frets and damage the working surface of several of the frets. This file helped me to clean up that minor damage as well, by flattening the fret surfaces before I cleaned them up with the file eraser kit I had purchased otherwise to clean up the frets.

5.0

Quick & easy feet and dressing. Expensive!

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Verified Buyer


Excellent small specialist file but overpriced.

5.0

Great tool

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Verified Buyer


Worked as described for cleaning up the fret ends on my Chibson. $15 might be a little expensive IMO but it is a specialized tool. I am happy with the results

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