Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files

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These custom-made files give you a handle on your fret work!

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Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files Fret Leveler, 3"

Fret Leveler, 3"

Item # 0861
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Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files Fret Leveler, 6"

Fret Leveler, 6"

Item # 0862
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Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files Fingerboard leveler, 6"

Fingerboard leveler, 6"

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These custom-made files give you a handle on your fret work!

These files work quickly to level frets or fingerboards, leaving a smooth finish.

Each file is 1" wide with a comfortable hardwood handle. The 6" length is for general use, and the 3" length is for spot leveling.

The fret leveling files have single-cut teeth with a steeper angle to eliminate "chatter." They cut faster and smoother than most fret leveling files we've used, they work quickly, and they're great for dressing and beveling fret ends.

The fingerboard leveler is a double-cut file for ebony, rosewood and pearl inlays. Despite its rough appearance, it leaves a smooth finish.

Essential for fretting
This item is one of seven tools included in our Essential Fretting Tool Kit, a compilation of tools you'll need for the fundamentals of fret work. Kit also includes our book, Fretwork 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 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.

Ratings & Reviews

Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files

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Good Fret Leveling

By Erik H. from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Used the 6" fret leveling file to even out worn frets on moderately worn out guitar frets. Using a blue sharpie to color the fret tops and have a visual of what spots needed to be leveled helped a lot. Also a little nervous about using without a curved radius sander to get the radius true, but if its already been trued it should work okay.

Fret Leveling Files

By Bob Cianci from NJ, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 27, 2014

I bought one of these to remedy "fret sprout" on several of my guitars after our long, dry winter. I appreciated the fact that my Stew-Mac sales rep took the time to help me get familiar with the process of actually doing the work, and he also directed me to an instructional article on their website. I should have bought the fretboard tape, so I did the filing without it, which is not a good idea, but I got the job done satisfactorily, which saved me money in repair fees. I also bought a small file for smoothing the fret ends, which was also handy and easy to use. Doing this work made me realize I could do these simple repairs myself from now on.

quick and accurate

By P.A. Roiron (Guitares-Roiron) from Lyon, France
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 02, 2014

That's a good tool to level a part of the frets. It cuts quickly, does not chatter and feels fine in the hand.

Not bad

By Pacific North Coast Guitars from Washington USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 01, 2014

These are great for rough leveling of frets (I prefer sandpaper for fingerboards) but be cautious. They can take off a lot of material very quickly. I only wish the cross angle of the cutting surface was a shallower angle. It can grab and skip off the working area very easily. But go slow and be careful and they work good.


By funkymann1 from Miami florida
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, February 04, 2014

this is most important fret tool there is! i use it for the ends & I'll sometimes take some off the top with it on a new install then start with 220 grit up to 2000 grit before finishing with 0000 steel wool...


By Justin Eisenman from Asheville, NC
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, February 03, 2014

This thing is awesome. I tried dressing fret ends with a standard file set, and it turned out ugly. This thing had my next guitar looking great in just a few swipes. Definitely worth the money.

Handy Little Fellers

By Hefty Lefty from Columbia, SC
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I highly recommend these files. They are really handy and easy to use. They are a little more aggressive than a regular flat file but you can control that by the amount of down force. I am not even a guitar tech but these StewMac tools really help me to maintain all of my old junky guitars or that is what my wife calls them!

6" leveler

By psaltis john from greece
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It certainly did the job but I think I could use a longer and wider leveling tool with slightly less aggressive surface for a smoother action...


By kenny m from springfield, nj
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 13, 2013

I bought it to do an inexpensive Ibanez's frets I bought awhile ago. Took very little time to level, let the weight of the tool do the work. Bought a crowning file, everything went well and I'm very happy with my first fret job.

Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files

By Martin from Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Excellent tool! no more sand paper and double-stick paper!

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