Fret End Dressing File

Fret End Dressing File

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

perfect

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I used it on a 2016 Les Paul tribute with really sharp fret ends. I taped off the fingerboard, and two to three wacks with this rounded the fret ends off. Took about 15 minute to do the whole neck. great little file.

4.0

First time user

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Will take some time to get the hang of it but worked great on cheap guitar with ragged fret ends, next one should go a little quicker.

5.0

Great Tool

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I bought this to get the edges off a Fender Squire Jaguar. It has " rough " edges on the frets so need to file them down a bit and this was the tool that worked. The fret edges dug into my hand and this "smoothed" them out. Stew-Mac "rocks"...

5.0

Safest file

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Just got the Fret End Dressing File and it's the safest a fastest tool to do this kind of job. The smooth base is awesome to work with light scales before applying gloss 'cause it doesn't damage de wood

5.0

First rate tool -- fret end dressing file

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After many years of service my fret end dressing file got broken. It is always wonderful that StewMac is here to provide a first class replacement in just a few days. The new file works like a champ.

5.0

Works as advertised

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I needed to smooth some rough fret edges and this worked like a charm. I was able to smooth the edges without damaging the binding or fretboard.

5.0

Oh what a feeling !

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One of the first tools i purchased . Very easy to use-makes a bad fret finishes feel like a professional job. Absolutely love the differance in playability. Rob

5.0

Great File

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After trying all my other files, I got this one. It worked.

5.0

my new file

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Love it ! Had it in 2 days ! Will buy from Stew Mac again soon !

5.0

Perfect tool for the job.

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I smoothed the edges of my ukulele frets in no time with zero damage. Awesome tool.

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 11 See Fret End Dressing File
on page 11 of our StewMac Digital Catalog