Three-in-one Fret File

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This wooden-handled file features three interchangeable 1-7/8" hollow burrs for recrowning a wide range of fret widths, from basses and guitars to mandolins.

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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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Three-in-one Fret File Narrow replacement burr only

Narrow replacement burr only

Item # 0679-N
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Three-in-one Fret File Medium replacement burr only

Medium replacement burr only

Item # 0679-M
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Three-in-one Fret File Wide replacement burr only

Wide replacement burr only

Item # 0679-W
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This wooden-handled file features three interchangeable 1-7/8" hollow burrs for recrowning a wide range of fret widths, from basses and guitars to mandolins.

The 4-1/2" long steel shank is angled for efficiency and clearance over the guitar body. Useful for a wide range of fret widths, from basses and guitars to mandolins.

#0685 Includes 1 wooden-handled file and 3 burrs in these sizes:
- Narrow, 3/32"
- Medium, 1/8"
- Wide, 3/16"

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 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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Three-in-one Fret File

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It does what it says. 

By Patrick, M from Delaware
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 04, 2011

It works, but it does take some time getting use to. My second dressing job using this file went much faster, the trick is to use quick motions with light pressure.

I've only used the medium burr, but the kit is a good price.

If i did more then the occasional fret work I would invest in the diamond files.

Slow and painful

By MidnightGuitarRepair from Rochester NY
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Terrible file. Buy the offset diamond file instead. This three-in-one file leaves strong chatter marks. Inconsistent file. Caused me to have to re-level and re-crown my telecaster.


By oskkar73 from Bogot+í D.C. Colombia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 23, 2011

A well fretboard setting does not make a excellent guitar player... but it helps...

cost effective fret file

By El Kabong from Manistee, MI
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 31, 2011

I bought one of these in 1984 and used it on dozens and dozens of fret jobs over the years. It isn't perfect and takes some finesse to use well but the 3 file sizes cover most instruments quite well and for a semi-pro like myself who also owns several guitars, basses, and other fretted instruments which need fret jobs on a regular basis it is a good choice.

I would love a set of diamond files but can't justify the cost for the amount of fret work that I do. I would have just ordered new files for my old handle (another feature) but I lost track of it when I moved back to the midwest from San Francisco.

3in1 file

By stevem from foxboro, ma
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 26, 2011

very easy to use and cuts a nice rounded shape to flat frets. easy to change cutterheads and good variety for different height frets. will not damage fretboard if used properly. nice tool.

Works for me

By Dave Paetow from Minnesota, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 07, 2011

I've been using this file since 1985, and it still works fine, just have to buy new burrs once in a while. I slipped on one of those foam cushion things from a ball point pen over the shaft in front of the handle. I usually put my index finger there and it makes it more comfortable. Someone should make diamond burrs for these. Hint, hint...

Three in one fret file

By KL from Christchurch, New Zealand
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, December 16, 2010

Good idea in theory. The problem is that the burrs dull quickly. I suggest spending more on the diamond version or buying the excellent double edged file.


By Bartek from Poland
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 10, 2010

That Fret File is fantastic !!!

A waste of time & money.

By Dan Minard from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 23, 2010

I am very disappointed in this tool. The burrs are shaped well & the handle is comfortable to hold, but the teeth simply won't cut standard silver fret wire.

If you want to spend an entire day crowning your frets, this is the tool for you.

Maybe I just got a bad set of burrs...

Not bad

By Gene from Ktown, in
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 23, 2010

The file does as it is expected to do but leaves a surface that takes some effort to clean up. I would get the diamond file next time.

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