3-Corner Fret Dressing Files

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Specially made for traditional fret crowning and shaping.

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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Small, 7-3/8"

Small, 7-3/8"

Item # 1601
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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Medium, 8"

Medium, 8"

Item # 1602
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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Large, 9"

Large, 9"

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Three-corner Fret Dressing Files

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Specially made for traditional fret crowning and shaping.

Smooth corners protect the fretboard.
These special files are for those who prefer a traditional method of fret crowning. Their smooth corners won't leave scratches in the fretboard, and they're great for shaping the ends of the frets.

The small fine-cut file has 3" x 1/8" tapered cutting surfaces, and the medium-cut file has 5" x 1/4" tapered surfaces. The large file is known as a cant saw file, and is a favorite of our fret expert Dan Erlewine and many other well-known luthiers. It has a versatile flattened-triangle shape, with a 4-5/8" x 1/2" and two 4-5/8" x 5/16" cutting surfaces. All files have comfortable rubber-coated handles.

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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Ratings & Reviews

3-Corner Fret Dressing Files

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Great File!

By Chris Cutmore, Essex Guitar Service from England
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 05, 2011

Great for smooth fret ends! Recommend you buy the whole set!

Regards, Chris, (Essex Guitar Services)

As good as it gets

By James Finnerty from ROCKville, MD
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I have yet to come across a nicer fret dressing file. This was a excellent investment. I'll most likely purchase the other two 3-corner files in the near future for larger projects.

Very good

By Hudson Couto from Bras+¡lia, Brazil
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Regular triangle file is not so hard to find in a hardware store, except for the round edges, which are a nice touch. Takes a little while to get used to, but no big mystery there. Very fitting for personal fret dressing.

cuts fast

By Yair guitars from ISRAEL , HAIFA ,
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, December 08, 2010

This file is just great!

I worked for long time with the medium file,and since I got this one, my work become faster and easier.

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