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Fret End Dressing File

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Fret End Dressing File

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Fret End Dressing File

About This Item

The first thing a player feels is the fret ends, so always shape them with this file. Smooth, non-marring edges glide on the fingerboard while the fine-toothed sides deburr and round the fret.

For rounding, shaping and deburring.
This specialized file dresses the ends of the frets after they've been installed, trimmed flush and beveled.

One thin edge is ground "safe" to help protect the fretboard, and the other rounded over. This file cuts only where it needs to: on both sharp corners of the unground thin edge, and on both of the wider toothed cutting surfaces.

The cutting surfaces smooth the fret end bevel, and the sharp corners nip off the sharp burrs at the edge of the fret bevel where it meets the edge of the neck. With the safe edge facing down, the cutting surfaces of this little file do a good job of rounding over and shaping the fret ends.

File dimensions are .062" x .125" x 6", with 3" cutting surfaces.

Essential for Fretting
This item is 1 of the 7 tools included in our Essential Fretting Tool Set, a compilation of tools you'll need for the fundamentals of fret work. The set also includes our book, Fret Work Step-By-Step by Erick Coleman with Dan Erlewine.

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.


Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Fixing fret ends that stick out in dry weather

This week, Erick Coleman answers a wintertime question: What to do about fret ends that stick out of the sides of the neck?

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5.0

Great tool

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Great quality.

5.0

Makes fret dressing easier

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Clever design. This thing is money!

5.0

Great tool

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The best thing about this is durability! I use it for other things as well and even on a stainless steel frets, it doesn't dull

5.0

Wow!

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How did I live without one of these? Nothing else in your tool box will take care of those sharp fret ends like this little file. Get off your wallet you won't regret it.

4.0

It works 

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It's a nice little file for dressing the ends of your Frets. You have to go slow with it. Takes a little bit to to get use to. I'm sure the more expensive Fret end files cuts better and easier to use. But it gets the job done.

5.0

A good addition to your toolbox.

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This file works well as intended and as a quality product.

5.0

A tool well needed!

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I'm so glad l purchased this tool. Easy to use and, no more sharp fretted ends. A good choice for my fingers !

5.0

Right tool for the right job, real Lutherie tools.

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I've only used it a couple of times so far, but it works very nicely. The 2 uncut sides keep one from little accidents along the neck edge. Probably the best thing anyone can say about rating products would be, would you purchase another. I do not expect to ever wear this one out, but if I did, I would definitely buy another one.

5.0

Perfect tool

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I'm in a guitar repair class and we originally were using different files until I found this one and it was a game changer.

5.0

Fret End Dressing File

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Perfect file for cleaning up any sharp fret ends. Really protects the fingeboard also. Love this tool! A must have in any guitarist's kit bag.

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