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Three-in-one Fret File File handle with 3 burrs

File handle with 3 burrs

Item # 0685
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$52.18

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Three-in-one Fret File Narrow replacement burr only

Narrow replacement burr only

Item # 0679-N
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$15.23

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Three-in-one Fret File Medium replacement burr only

Medium replacement burr only

Item # 0679-M
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$15.23

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Three-in-one Fret File Wide replacement burr only

Wide replacement burr only

Item # 0679-W
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$15.23

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Three-in-one Fret File

About This Item

Designed by master luthier Michael Gurian.

When we're asked to recommend just one fret file, it's gotta be the 3-in-1. It's been popular since Michael Gurian designed it over 20 years ago. The angle in the shaft lifts the handle up away from the guitar, protecting the top. Since it has 3 interchangeable cutters it works for all fret widths, from basses to mandolins.

Steel shank, wooden handle. Overall length is 7" (178mm).
Each burr is 1-7/8" (47.63mm) long.

Replacement burrs sold separately.

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 for first (or second) time working on frets

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My first fret job, I tried a great three side file to re-crown after leveling as that is what I read most pros use. But it took me many hours and my crowns were not perfectly consistent; further, by the time I was finally done, they were not even quite level anymore.
I got this for my second fret job and it worked great. All my frets were perfectly level consistent and had a very nice crown.
I finished them off with the fret erasers and couldnÆt be happier.

4.0

Great tool - Very Versatile

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I love this tool. Interchangeable cutters and offset handle let you work anywhere. I'd give them 5 stars if the cutters were diamond coated. Perhaps a new option?

5.0

Low cost by high quality

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Nice litle tool, not expencive but very accurate and efficient. Easy to use, easy to changing blade and more the tool is very stable, no risk of sliping on the fret board.

4.0

Crowning File

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I can't say I'm 100% pleased with this one but it did the job after all... Even if it took 3 hours to recrown the freshly leveled frets of my custom built strat... My initial impression was that all it did was parallel scratches that ruined the fret's finish but it proved to be removing material from the right points! After polishing and finishing i got a rather professional result... But it took a lot of time and effort. I don't know if getting one of the other stewmac crowning files would have made it easier for me but since i have 2 j-basses to level and crown, I believe I made the right choice!

5.0

Best Investment I've made

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This is truly an amazing tool. Good precision, easy to use. Great craftsmanship. Excellent over-all. Fast delivery. Thank you very much!

3.0

Ehh.. 

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Work but gets some chatter marks but the inserts are kinda funky sized for frets the large insert would work for bass fret i am sure and the other 2 are more guitar fret size.. Still somewhat in between the standard fret sizes..

5.0

File handle with 3 burrs

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nice tools

5.0

Three- in- one Fret File

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Nice tools!

4.0

Gurian fret file

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Nice, ergonomic shape, easy to use. Does what it's supposed to do. My only criticism would be the ease with which the larger blades come out of the handle, but I sorted that by using a washer with the bolt to create a larger area to hold the blade in.

5.0

A great tool for the job.

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I had dressed frets with a number of different methods before, but this was my first full fret replacement job. I'm a hobbiest, so I didn't want to spend too much. These files worked great for my situation. Thanks Stew-mac.

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