3-Corner Fret Dressing Files

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Specially made for traditional fret crowning and shaping.

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

Small, 7-3/8"

Item # 1601
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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Medium, 8"

Medium, 8"

Item # 1602
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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Large, 9"

Large, 9"

Item # 1603
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Three-corner Fret Dressing Files

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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 and Fret Cutters. 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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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files

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3 corner file

By matt.t. from new zealand
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, November 25, 2011

High quality file. I am a home enthusiast. Bought this file to try my hand at fret shaping and tried it out on an el cheapo before I attempted it on my Strat. Went better than I thought it would. With patience I believe you can get your frets exactly how you want them with this file.

great file

By Set-up Technician from Solon,Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 06, 2011

Needed for fret dressing.

Arhh... simple, quick, accurate

By Brett Menadue from Adelaide, South  Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 01, 2011

I've tried other files for dressing and crowning. These work the best. I use the large for all the shaping and finish off with a touch from the two smaller ones if needed. Spot on!


By szlash280z from Jacksonville, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 10, 2011

This is a great file. I bought the Medium. It's very easy to control and cuts nicely.

Must Have

By Middleton Guitars from Southern California
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I have all 3 sizes. I use the smallest one the most. It has replaced my "fret-end file" because I prefer the single-cut teeth.

it's ok

By Marv from Cleveland, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, July 30, 2011

it's ok.

Great fretwork

By Toby Carter from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Very happy with the purchase of the set of 3 triangular fret files - tidying fret ends is now a pleasure and takes 15 minutes as opposed to the half day it used to take me when messing around with sanding blocks and regular needle files. You won't regret buying these.

Fret Ends; No Problem

By Wayne Tutzauer from Denver, CO
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I was a bit squeamish about doing this job myself, but after reading on line advice at Stew Mac I went ahead and ordered the small fret dressing file. After masking the fingerboard with Blue masking tape I carefully began filing down the fret ends exposed by my shrinking fingerboard. The small file worked fine, but the medium might be a little better for overall coverage. The file did a great job and I finished this task in under 2 hours. The micro buffing pads and fret end dressing file finished the job nicely.

8" three corner fret dressing file

By michael morris from brisbane, australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, March 06, 2011

Good quality file that cuts well. (Rub with white chalk to help prevent clogging and use a small wire brush to clean)

Strongly recommend buying the Stew Mc fret shields as even though the corners of the file are without teeth, they can still leave a nasty groove.

Good files but....

By Jeremy C from Denver, CO
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 09, 2011

I bought these files (1601, 1602) because the cutting surface went all the way to the end, and for the nice handles. I did, however, have to smooth the corners with my Dremel tool using the round sanding attachment because the corners, even though they were ground down, still cut into the masking tape while I was dressing some frets. There is some kind of coating on these files which is probably to prevent rust, but it is too abrasive. After polishing the corners, though, these files work really well.

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