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Offset Diamond Fret File 150-grit

150-grit

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Offset Diamond Fret File 300-grit

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Offset Diamond Fret File, Set of 2

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Offset Diamond Fret File

About This Item

Dual-edge and better clearance over the body! This well-balanced steel fret file is offset, for more comfortable fret dressing and improved clearance at higher frets.

Both full-length concave filing grooves (one for narrow/medium fretwire, and one for medium/wide wire), are uniformly coated with micro industrial-diamond particles. 8-1/2" x 1" x 5/32". Available in either 150-grit or 300-grit.

Sold individually or SAVE when you buy the set of both files.

Diamond fret files are the best way to recrown your frets! Unlike traditional fret files, diamond files cut in both directions, they don't chatter or leave chatter marks, and the fret is smoother after crowning. These files are being used by repair shops and major manufacturers all around the world.

Our diamond fret files have concave cutting edges, one for medium and one for wide fretwire. Each edge is electro-coated with micro industrial diamonds. These super-tough abrasive surfaces round the frets more smoothly than standard toothed files, for cleaner filing without chatter marks. Because the diamond particles cut on the forward and backward strokes, you get better control over your work and the job goes much faster.

What grit do I need? If you're just starting out in fretting, we recommend the 300-grit files, as they don't remove too much material too soon — a mistake that many beginning fretters make. Even a professional will find the 300-grit file allows them to quickly get the fret properly crowned after only a few strokes.

Use the 150-grit when you need to mill-off lots of material in a hurry.

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.


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5.0

Excellent As Always!

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Stew-Mac Tools have yet to let me down. These are a MUST HAVE to increasing your production when doing fret work.

5.0

Just awesome

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Verified Buyer


I put this purchase off forever, but immediately regretting not buying these sooner. Hands down the best fret files in my shop. I use them for crowning, ends, and general fret clean up. No chatter, and I doubt they'll ever need replaced. These are now my go-to files.

5.0

Does Stainless Nicely

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As long as you don't let heat build up (go slow, work 4 frets at a time) This file can handle SS wire with ease. I recommend the 150 Grit for SS work.

5.0

I've never liked anouther crowning file.

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Verified Buyer


The 150 is what you need for jumbo frets. 300 for narrow frets.

I've never liked any other file for crowning frets.

I use it so much, I made a little handle for it.

5.0

Glad I got this file

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Verified Buyer


Well made file that works very well. Should have gone with this model to begin with. Worth the extra $$ for sure. I really can't understand why there is no "Markings" on the file to verify which side is "wide" and which is "narrow"?? I believe I have it figured out but why should I have to spend 5 mins trying to make sure ?? Otherwise...a good tool to have for crowning..

4.0

Offset Diamond Fret File

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First of all this is a great diamond cutting file that comes in very handy especially when crowning frets at the high register (can't always remove the neck) where the narrower offset cutting edge allows crowning without hitting the body of the guitar. The diamond cutters are way smooth allowing cutting in both directions. There are a few CONS: 1) there is no narrow/wide fret marker (be prepared to mark it yourself); 2) there is no handle and this file is very narrow (but it is grip-able) so you might get some wrist fatigue; 3) it is expensive - be prepared to shell out some greenbacks; 4) file did shave the fret tops in some instances usually when crowning near the fret ends (so do some practice runs - and get familiar with this file first). The positives: this file is well-made, does what it is intended to do very well and is a real time saver.

5.0

I am a Noob, but I know Tools and this Tool is great!

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OK, right off the bat, this is my first foray into fret work. But I have decades of metal working behind me as an amateur machinist. I know that having the best tools make any job much easier. So when I bought a (Brand new, $700!) guitar that had some high frets, I decided to order this file in the 300 grit version, for this job and the inevitable fret work in my future. Working carefully, I was able to flatten the offending frets perfectly. Then a buff up with the abrasive erasers sold by StewMac and the offending frets looked and worked better than the non-worked frets. So I gave the other frets a quick polish with the erasers and everything was gleaming! Now my guitar is great, without reservations!

5.0

Worth the price tag

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I went the "cheap route" and bought some inexpensive half fret files. After much frustration I bit the bullet and bought the diamond file. The results exceeded my expectations and my frets turned out beautiful. Well worth the money!

5.0

10 YEARS GONE.

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I bought two of these ten years ago (150 and 300) and used them pretty much every day. The 150 is still as sharp as it ever was. If you need to buy just one go for the 150 - the 300 wore out pretty quickly. Must have seen over a thousand guitars well worth the money. Silver coating is starting to come off the side of the metal but the file is still there.

5.0

best of the best

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it makes crowning so easy. Perfect for stainless steel frets!

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