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"

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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.


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A Great Idea

By Dave Ward from Oklahoma City, OK
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 09, 2012


A bit too coarse for frets for my personal taste. These files are pretty aggressive and can take frets down quickly. If Stew Mac made diamond files in different grits like these, I'd probably buy the whole set! Or you could send me a set for the idea. =]

Must Have!

By Robmase from Charlotte, NC
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 19, 2012


These tools save time on fret leveling but be careful they eat fret wire fast!

LIMBAS- bisaya word for "File"

By jiROck Custom from Philippines
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 11, 2012


maayo kayo gamiton sa pag level sa fret.. humok kau.

nahigugma ang ginoo kanimo! :)

6" fret leveler

By GBag from Boiceville, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 08, 2012


This unit is nice. It's fast and comfortable to use. Having read some of the other reviews, the phrase smooth finish may be a little misleading as this unit is intended to quickly bring frets close to a desired working height and is more of a roughing in tool. If you've used a standard metal file and experienced "chatter" you'll understand the meaning of "smooth finish". Once your close you can move on to your favorite fret shaping tool to begin the finishing process.

Not my kind of a tool

By Konstantin from Moscow, Russia
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 09, 2012


Very coarse. Like some other reviewers, i advise you: get those diamond sharpeners, or a steel beam and stick-it sandpaper.

sharp and smooth!# 0862

By Armen Movsesian from Moscow, Russia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, November 01, 2011


It is a reliable and durable tool! Sometimes I use it for leveling different parts, not only frets. The main measure to know the possibilities of this tool and do not spoil it.

Nice Size, very coarse

By 1st pair no good, 2nd holding up from Long Island, New York
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 30, 2011


To reiterate what others have already said, the file is very coarse. The size is good and the handle is nice, but it does leave quite a lot of work as far as crowning and polishing goes.

Too rough for my taste.

By Lupinus from Montr+¬al, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, October 09, 2011


I have a 6in. The handle gives good control but I feel that it removes too much material. Be careful and use only little pressure. On a recent project, I started with this file but I finished the levelling with a med-fine diamond sharpening stone (approx 2x6) which gave me much more control. If I were you, I would invest in a general purpose diamond sharpening stone - more expensive but more versatile and easier to use.

Quick but rough

By stever from Ruegely England
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 29, 2011


Removes material fast, but I found it leaves a VERY rough finish. But not so much of a problem if you are using a sand paper fret leveller afterwards.

Simply Excellent.

By Fabien from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 18, 2011


My prefered file for fret jobs, tested all other similar files on ebay; no one matches the quality of that file. I also uses a lot the baby size (3"), that I found useful for partial refretting / repair jobs.

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