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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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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.

Create on and make good choices!

4.0

I changed my opinion -actually it works!

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Look older review By Janez from Begunje SVN
published (Customer's Reviews) Friday, December 30, 2016

I have to change my verdict from last December!

The tool actually works pretty well- But you have to be gentle and push only one direction-this is not diamond file which works both ways. And you have to be patient - and we know patience is indispensable in luthiers work. :)

5.0

Frets file

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Verified Buyer


Dear All,
After a long and difficult search I finally found this extremely useful tool here. It was delivered to me very fast and I was able to fix the frets of any guitar. This shop has all and really cares.
Thank you very.

5.0

Works great

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Verified Buyer


Works great and works fast.

4.0

Wore out the original.

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Verified Buyer


So, I needed to replace it. The only problem with this file is that fret-chips can build up in the teeth and you have to stop and pick 'em out. But, once you get the hang of it, this tool does a nice job of rounding frets (after they have been leveled and have flat spots on top).

5.0

Cool product. A bit expensive, though. 

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Verified Buyer


Does what it promises.

5.0

three in one Fret File

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Verified Buyer


this a very handy file different size cauls make it nice and quick and easy to change and not to expensive I would recommend this tool to anyone who works on any type of fretted instrument

1.0

Get yourself a diamond file

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Verified Buyer


It does not work. It is to coarse for the fret work!

I bougt it because it was cheaper than diamond file and it had different sizes of file inserts. But they are all unusable. You can not make smooth cutting with them. Finnaly I had to buy diamond ofset file- cca 110 $

Save your money for diamond file!

Janez

4.0

fret crowning tool

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Verified Buyer


I got this tool for an guitar rebuild the guitar is a Les Paul copy with small frets not sure that the tool will fit the fret size the small tool is to small the middle one is to small and the large one is to big not sure if the frets on the guitar are a off size (because it is a copy) I may not be educated in fret size at this time but I will see if it fits my SG or other guitars I have. The tool looks like it is made well and the shipping was fast.

3.0

Works well for most fret sizes

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All in all, its a very useful tool, my only complaint was its compatibility with all fret sizes, I found that none of the included burrs worked perfectly to crown smaller fret sizes.

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