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Concave Fret End Files

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Concave Fret End Files For medium frets

For medium frets

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Concave Fret End Files For wide frets

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 Concave Fret End Files, Set of 2

Concave Fret End Files, Set of 2

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Concave Fret End Files

About This Item

Extra-versatile files for fret end shaping.

These unique tools are for use after the frets have been installed, trimmed flush to the sides, and beveled with a flat file. They go a step beyond our popular Fret End Dressing File, adding a single-cut toothed concave filing surface. This makes smoothing the fret ends and delicately blending them into the crown of the fret more efficient. A professional touch, and a great fix for fret ends that protrude in dry weather, too.

Efficient design: Each file has a slim shape and 30-degree angled end, for good control and ease of use. The right tool for the job.

Concave surface: Single-cut teeth help blend the fret ends into the fret crown.

Safe surface: Opposite the concave edge is a flat, untoothed surface to protect the fretboard when you're filing with the side surfaces.

Toothed sides: The single-cut teeth on the sides file away metal burrs and help smooth the bevel on the fret ends.

Safe corners: Each file also has smooth untoothed corners to help prevent damage to the fingerboard and the upper edges of bound necks.

Available in two sizes, for medium and wide frets:
Medium: .080" (2mm)
Wide: .120" (3mm)

Each of these sturdy steel files is 7-7/8" long (similar files from other suppliers are only 3"), a practical length for filing fret ends without jamming the handle against the edge of the fretboard. Cutting surface length is 2-3/4". The file tang is rubber-coated for comfort.

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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Used it to recrown frets.

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The medium file was perfect for recrowning the 0.082" wide frets on my Austin Acoustic. Used a sanding block to level a high fret, blackened the fret with a Sharpie marker, and filed the flattened area with the concave file till only a thin line of black was left on the peak (see photo). Then I polished it with #1 steel wool. Shaped it perfectly and got rid of the buzz.

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I honestly don't know how or more importantly why I ever managed without this file. It has become a mainstay in the top tray of my luthier tool box. I would replace it in a heartbeat if I had to.

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