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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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$53.48

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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

Used this type of fret file for years

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The upside to this file is that is is very comfortable to hold and does the job well. I got mine before diamond files were available and it's still going strong..

The down side is that the teeth chatter a lot and it only cuts in one direction (both common problems for any file). It amazes me that after all these years stewmac still doesn't offer replacement burs in diamond.

5.0

Glad I bought this

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I'm glad I bought the fret file that has all 3 size files interchangeable I wore out my medium file and just ordered a new one got it quick and finished a fret job I working on, very convenient!

1.0

Not good

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I have tried to crown my frets with this.. But i must be doing somthing wrong... Hard to see where you have filed even with a marker.. It takes away the marker on first drag.. Bought my self a normal file.. Gues thats easyer to controll

4.0

Best value.

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Glad that i bought this fret file.Very useful!

5.0

Great step saver!

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Verified Buyer


Really makes quick work at crowning.

5.0

Nice little Universal file

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I bought one last week... works great ! Glad I bought it !

5.0

Excellent

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Verified Buyer


Excellent tool for working in frets very effective a product of the highest quality. I recommend everyone to use it.

5.0

Comfortable, quick and does not damage the instrument body!

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Excellent tool ... Complete and versatile!

5.0

A Reliable tool

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After using my file burr for over thirty years, it was time for a new one. I had forgotten how nicely a sharp fret file can be. Glad I don't have to get use to a new tool.

4.0

Great value

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So these files may be harder to use and the sizes not perfect. But what is it all about anyway..

As an aspiring luthier it is a grand experience learning to properly hone the craft and learn the materials feels in a more traditional way, even beit a simple task of rounding the frets where a modern tool still requires the same level of knowledge but less effort..

Thus, I believe it is certainly worth it's value as a tool that with time, patience, effort, and growth, can become just as easy to use and perhaps more fulfilling that the latter.

I used this on my brand new Martin Mexico build (the HPL/Richlite/15plyneck models) and I am quite happy to be able to have my action back.. what a sad day the high E 13, 14 went missing.. but it's BACK, and my intonation is solid.

I have yet to finish the frets with fine grit and polish but the action is happy.

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 12 See Three-in-one Fret File
on page 12 of our StewMac Digital Catalog