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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Small, 7-3/8"

Small, 7-3/8"

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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Medium, 8"

Medium, 8"

Item # 1602
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$25.15

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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Large, 9"

Large, 9"

Item # 1603
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 3-Corner Fret Dressing Files, Set of 3

3-Corner Fret Dressing Files, Set of 3

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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files

About This Item

Specially made for traditional fret crowning and shaping.

Smooth corners protect the fretboard.
These special files are for those who prefer a traditional method of fret crowning. Their smooth corners won't leave scratches in the fretboard, and they're great for shaping the ends of the frets.

The small fine-cut file has 3" x 1/8" tapered cutting surfaces, and the medium-cut file has 5" x 1/4" tapered surfaces. The large file is known as a cant saw file, and is a favorite of our fret expert Dan Erlewine and many other well-known luthiers. It has a versatile flattened-triangle shape, with a 4-5/8" x 1/2" and two 4-5/8" x 5/16" cutting surfaces. All files have comfortable rubber-coated handles.

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

Love these files!

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I really love these files. I tried the Double-edge Fret Files and made a real mess. Don't know why I just couldn't get them to work for me but the 3-Corner Fret Dressing Files rescued me.

5.0

Amazing tool

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Woww, This is fundamental to the work

5.0

Medium file = Perfect.

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I used to work with jewelry files, but I found hard to balance them over the frets, especially the jumbo frets. The medium file has the perfect size on the sides so I can get a nice movement of rounding the frets. The way that it's made is great, because it leaves as little scratches as possible, It really helps the shiny frets process. Get one, man, it's the real deal on fret file.

5.0

great file

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With this file and the abrasive rubbers I had one fret crowned and polished in under 10 mins, real top quality file cuts great

5.0

Quality tool.

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I ordered the medium triangle file. This is a high quality, comfortable tool that does its job well.

5.0

I'll never go back

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to crowning files again. I get much better results and can shape the frets exactly how I want them very quickly too! Just takes a little practice.

4.0

Good for touching-up, not big jobs.

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If you're doing a major dressing, it will take a long time to round over flatted (or sanded) frets with these. Better to purchase a fret-crowning file (standard or diamond) and use these for taking care of small fret issues.

5.0

The perfect tool when tradition matters.

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When you're earning your chops, these are the right tool to do it with.

5.0

great file

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working with fret you should have one this make great job, i put it together with my fretkit i m happy with this file

5.0

Old School

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As I novice I wanted to learn how to crown and shape in a traditional way.

The 3 corner medium file is an absolute must have.
High quality tool, comfortable and just the right size.
As mentioned from others, the safe edges need a little attention.
They're not 100% safe so I did a little polishing just to remove the light hash marks left from the manufacturing process. No big deal though.

Although I did purchase the Double-edge Fret File as well, the 3 corner can do any size fret, has 3 cutting edges so the tool will last longer, dresses fret ends, smooths out marks from double edge file and the list goes on.
This is an invaluable tool.

Thanks Stew-Mac for an excellent quality tool!

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