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Offset Diamond Fret File 150-grit

150-grit

Item # 5053
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$123.22

Offset Diamond Fret File 300-grit

300-grit

Item # 5054
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$123.22

Offset Diamond Fret File, Set of 2

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Offset Diamond Fret File

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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

Great tool

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Another great tool from stewmac, made crowning frets extremely easy for DYI like me

5.0

Quality Fret File

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Verified Buyer


I bought a Gibson SG standard a few years ago and recently noticed that the guy who setup the guitar left the frets he had filed down squared off and sharp. I'm a DIY guy so I read a few product reviews, watched a few how-to videos, bought the StewMac fret file, took a deep breath and started filing and sanding. I had never done any fret work prior to buying this file, but the job came out great. The frets are now smooth and polished. I'll give myself 20% of the credit and the StewMac fret file 80% for the outcome.

5.0

Quality files

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Verified Buyer


I purchased both files and although expensive, they are worth every penny. It took me minutes to do what normally took hours. A great purchase, highly recommended.

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5/5

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Verified Buyer


I use 150grit file last 6 years. This file is unkillable. Over 700 guitars done :)

5.0

great job with little effort

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Verified Buyer


This diamond fret file does the job quickly, I bought the 150 grit and it does leave marks on the side of the fret but the quickness it rounds the fret makes it worth the scratches. I can only assume over time the scratches will get smaller. Like many thing at StewMac's, it's going to take a long time to pay off the price of this file but time saved is worth while.

5.0

I love this thing!

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Verified Buyer


I got/had to use my new diamond file last night for the first time. Holy smokes is thing thing smooth and efficient. No chatter or clogging like my standard crowning file. Like everybody says, marking the sides would be nice but no biggie. Also, mine arrived with a sharp pointed end that tore straight through the little plastic cover. I glued the cover and will dremel the end more round.

5.0

worth the price

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i've had the #300 model for years, i went for the #150 to speed things up, yeah, it does, should have got this years ago too, saves the finger

5.0

Offset Diamond fret file

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Verified Buyer


It's probably all been said before but these diamond fret files are the ducks.. er... the bees knees.
They don't chatter like a normal file does, they give far safer access to the frets on the tongue over the body, and they are easier to use than a conventional type file. I've been asked to do reviews on other items I've bought but this one I have no hesitations about, on my own builds and other repair fret work, personally I'd never go back.

5.0

Diamond fret File

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Verified Buyer


I've used this tool for years with excellent results. Wish I designed it. Stewmac supports their tools if any problem arises. It's just like Sears. After a few years my diamond dust chipped off. I only inquired of Stewmac and they replaced the file only asking for a return of the old file. Wow! I only sought information. Additionally, they advised to not use hard hand pressure, that is, let the file do the cutting. And, do not use a wire brush to clean the file avoiding damages. You'd think We would know that! Now we do. Thanks Stewmac........

5.0

Perfect for the DIY - dont waste on other crowning files

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When I first looked into leveling/crowning my guitars I bought one of the half round crowning files. As much as I practiced on a dummy neck, mediocre results were hard to come. After reading several reviews I ordered the 300 grit. On my first fret with this file I was able achieve the results I've been trying to get to all this time with the standard half round file. I now feel confident to take this on to my more expensive guitars.

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