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Three-in-one Fret File File handle with 3 burrs

File handle with 3 burrs

Item # 0685
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$53.48

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Three-in-one Fret File Narrow replacement burr only

Narrow replacement burr only

Item # 0679-N
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$15.23

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Three-in-one Fret File Medium replacement burr only

Medium replacement burr only

Item # 0679-M
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$15.23

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Three-in-one Fret File Wide replacement burr only

Wide replacement burr only

Item # 0679-W
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$15.23

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Three-in-one Fret File

About This Item

Designed by master luthier Michael Gurian.

When we're asked to recommend just one fret file, it's gotta be the 3-in-1. It's been popular since Michael Gurian designed it over 20 years ago. The angle in the shaft lifts the handle up away from the guitar, protecting the top. Since it has 3 interchangeable cutters it works for all fret widths, from basses to mandolins.

Steel shank, wooden handle. Overall length is 7" (178mm).
Each burr is 1-7/8" (47.63mm) long.

Replacement burrs sold separately.

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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1.0

Don't buy  this tool, waste of money...

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I've bought a lot of items from SM but this is the worst. The burrs dull quickly. It's not going smooth and leaves teeth marks. It ruin my frets and I had to refret. I've threw it away. Buy the diamond or the double edged file.

5.0

Excellent Versatile Tool

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An inexpensive comfortable tool to hold.Can be used light or heavy to reem and crown frets. I also use small strips of sand paper placed under the burr to further shape and polish the frets.( Works as good as a fret polishing stick!)My Strat Smiles and sings like a bird.

1.0

WASTE OF MONEY!

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Not lasting. Bad quality. Had to refret my guitar! I've threw away mine to the trash!

4.0

perfectible

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is fast all good but its perfectible on the fixation system

4.0

a bit of rust, but a great tool.

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My first impression, I must admit, was not positive. When the file arrived it had a thin coating of rust on the shaft. I was surprised to receive it in that condition from S-Mc.

The rust was very superficial and came off easily with 600 grit sandpaper and WD40. With that said, the file worked perfectly and I am very satisfied. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to buy just one tool for filing frets. I would have given 5 stars but for the rust.

1.0

Really, really bad

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To be honest, I don't see how this file got so many good reviews. It is so rough and leaves teeth marks that I gave up on crowning and went with my old one which was not purchased from StewMac but was getting pretty blunt. I have experience with these things so my lack of knowledge is out of the question.

5.0

Perfect

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Now fretting is easy!

4.0

It does what it says. 

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It works, but it does take some time getting use to. My second dressing job using this file went much faster, the trick is to use quick motions with light pressure.

I've only used the medium burr, but the kit is a good price.

If i did more then the occasional fret work I would invest in the diamond files.

1.0

Slow and painful

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Terrible file. Buy the offset diamond file instead. This three-in-one file leaves strong chatter marks. Inconsistent file. Caused me to have to re-level and re-crown my telecaster.

5.0

Excelent...

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A well fretboard setting does not make a excellent guitar player... but it helps...

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