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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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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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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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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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Verified Buyer


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.

5.0

Best file I've used, READ BELOW

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3 corner file is the fastest, but you lack control
I've used several other files.
I like that you don't have to worry about filing the top of the Fret off.
Wish it was cheaper but it's worth it.

4.0

Good choice for a newbie

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Having installed and leveled my first fret job, and using three different files (including the $50 three-in-one cranked crowning file from StewMac), I ended up taking too much off of the first fret I tried to crown, and ended up replacing that fret and re-leveling.

I realized that for a beginner, this was tough because you can't see the fret as you work, so you have to develop the right touch to do this properly. I swallowed hard, and ponied up the exorbitant price for the Z-File. This worked flawlessly. I was able to quickly and accurately crown all the frets with this file and move on to polishing.

Yeah, it's expensive, but it's one of those tools that does EXACTLY what it was designed to do, and does it extremely well. The price is the only thing that prevents me from giving it five stars, as it appears to be something that is very much needed by the beginner, but is priced as if it was something only for serious repair shops.

5.0

Well worth the investment.

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Verified Buyer


I have been using either a concave file or a 3 corner file for years and I have always been slow, careful and paranoid about crowning my frets. I dug down and bought the Original Z-file and I am amazed. I have never gone through a fret level and dress that quickly. I am still very cautious but at least I can breath easy. Thank you Eric and Dan.

5.0

Z-File Excellent

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The SteMac Z-File Fret Crowning File is one of the best expenditures I have made. Easy even for one with little to no experience in crowning frets to achieve excellent results -- and quickly!

5.0

What a difference!

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I've been putting off buying a diamond file for a long time, because of the cost. So glad I finally took the plunge with this file. I'm getting great crowns in less than half the time. Love it.

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 12 See StewMac Z-File Fret Crowning Files
on page 12 of our StewMac Digital Catalog