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Fret End Dressing File

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Fret End Dressing File

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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

Time saver

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Another example of me wasting time with the eBay files. Before I'd probably spend 45 minutes cleaning fret ends up, and now takes about fifteen with great results. Not just great but new level.

5.0

Dressing file

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Quality tool.

5.0

Fret End Dressing File

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Worked great for me, and I'm a player, not a luthier or repair man. I looked at the accompanying video, and then did the work. Very simple...............

5.0

Fret End Dressing File

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Invaluable tool, a must have for any shop , large or small.

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Fret End Dressing File

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I am not a repair person, but I am a musician who lives in a very dry place. I spend a lot of time and money taking basses to the local repair man to have the fret ends filed down where the fingerboard has shrunk leaving them exposed. I have watched the work being done a couple of times and I saw this file and the instructional video on the Stewart MacDonald web site so I decided to buy it and see if I could do some of this work myself without making too big of a mess. Success! I won't be opening a repair shop anytime soon, but using this file, and a regular straight file, I can successfully clean up my own fret ends as needed.

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Fret file

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Worked great no more hitting the fret edge of the neck as I slide up and down.

4.0

Don't really use it but it does its purpose well

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Used it for dressing fret ends. Don't really have a need for it but for those who do, this will do the job well.

5.0

Does exactly what's required of it

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Ordered this when I needed it on a very short notice, it got to me in a timely fashion and it does it's job like it's supposed to.

5.0

Good Product

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Gets the job done

5.0

Fret End Dressing File

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A Luthier told me about this File and WOW! It works better than I could have imagined. I highly recommend .
Ken

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on page 11 of our StewMac Catalog PDF

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