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StewMac Z-File Fret Crowning Files

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StewMac Z-File Fret Crowning Files Original Z-File

Original Z-File

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StewMac Z-File Fret Crowning Files Centered Z-File

Centered Z-File

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StewMac Z-File Fret Crowning Files Safe Edge Z-File

Safe Edge Z-File

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StewMac Z-File Fret Crowning Files, Set of 3

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StewMac Z-File Fret Crowning Files

About This Item

Next generation fret files
A whole new idea for crowning frets. Z-Files™ won't mess up your carefully-leveled fret tops because they only touch the sides of the frets.

Won't cause string buzz
After you've leveled the frets for uniform height, your crowning file restores their rounded shape, leaving the thinnest possible line of leveled surface on top. This is when other crowning files can accidentally scrape the fret top, creating a buzzing low spot.

Z-Files don't have this problem—because they don't touch the top of the fret.

    Z-File features:
  • Fast cutting 300-grit diamond abrasive
  • Unique angled cutting edges work the sides, not the tops

Three versions for any working style:

Original Z-File
Two diamond edges speed the work, shaping both sides of the fret at once. Offset angles shape the fret higher on one side while the other side works lower. Use one side of the file, then flip it to the other side.

Safe Edge Z-File
Offset shape like the Original, but with a smooth, non-cutting safe edge to ride on the fret, guiding your strokes as you cut just one side of the fret.

Centered Z-File
Two diamond edges in a centered V-shape cut both sides of the fret at the same angle. Simple to use and fast working.

Sold individually or SAVE when you buy the set of 3 files.

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.


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5.0

Wonderful tool!

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This is huge. I bought this on an impulse, trying to up my fretting game. The results exceeded my expectations. Much more precise fret shapes.

5.0

Brilliant Tool

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Verified Buyer


No better tool out there. I purchased the original version. I use a reinforced mechanics glove to hold the file. Try it, you will minimize hand fatigue. I also wear cheap 5x reading glasses to really focus on the task. Go slow.

3.0

works as expected but could be better for the price

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leaves a crown that is a bit too wide. I also noticed at the bottom of the frets it had gouged some of the fret due to the fret being wider than the centered zfile width. this required extensive work to remove the scratches. Also, it was a bit confusing what the differences were between each Zfile, so I was not sure which one to buy. I watched all the videos online but it was not covered.

5.0

The best fret file is stewmac's z-file.

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Verified Buyer


Do not worry about buying or living, it is recommended to just buy.
This tool is really a revolution in my opinion.

The result is very good, and the hard fret is also very easy to process.
After making a big disappointment in the diamond double edge fret file.
As soon as I bought this z-file, a new world opened up for my work.

Say it once again.
Do not worry about buying or living.
Just buy it.

5.0

"Excellent but.."

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Verified Buyer


Great time saving tool,I watched the video and decided on the Centered Z-File even though the Luthier said his favorite is the Original Z-File and now after using the Centered one I know why, the centers one has 2 slots one thiner than the other to accommodate your fret size but what if your frets are tweeners? With the Original Z-File it works on all size frets you just have to do one side at a time which as it turns out would be better even though its twice the work......Wish I bought the Original Z- File...Always listen to the pro.

4.0

good tool

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this does a pretty good job. I'm not a luthier, more of a home repair kinda guy. It does a pretty good job for a novice.The design makes it hard to screw up too badly. I put a sharpy mark across the frets after leveling, and used the file making sure not to remove the mark on the very top of the fret. I polished the frets afterward, and got pretty decent results. 4 stars because of the price. Seems expensive to me.

5.0

Outstanding! Makes crowning much faster & easier

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Verified Buyer


Bought Z-file original model so I could use it on all sizes of frets: it is an incredible upgrade over what I was using before. Already leveled and crowed one bass and two guitars with much less effort than I expected.

5.0

Fretman

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Verified Buyer


Save much Times,no more tired on my eyes and my hands,perfect for the fret job.

2.0

Works well for what it's designed for but seems to dull fast.

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The Z-file is a great tool for crowning frets. However, for an expensive tool, would have expected it last longer.

5.0

Excellent results!

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Verified Buyer


I am a beginner guitar technician. In my previous couple crowning jobs, I used the StewMac double-edge files. For my most recent job, I tried the Original Z-File. What a difference! Faster, easier and high quality result. Don't hesitate to purchase this if you are considering it.

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