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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files

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

Small, 7-3/8"

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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Medium, 8"

Medium, 8"

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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Large, 9"

Large, 9"

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 3-Corner Fret Dressing Files, Set of 3

3-Corner Fret Dressing Files, Set of 3

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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files

About This Item

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. 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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Just tryed out my fret dressing files and they worked great. They were very comfortable to use and made the process really speed along

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Takes a lot of practice

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It is a good tool, but I found it difficult to use in shaping frets. You watch people in videos and they make it look effortless, but they have probably been using it for a long time. I could almost use it, but gave up and found that I could do just as well with a dressing stick, which isn't saying much. I am returning this and ordered an Offset Diamond Fret File, it's expensive for personal use, but when you have several guitars it should pay for itself.

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3 Corner Fret File

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Does a great job of dressing and topping the frets with minor dings or digs. Great stuff from Stewmac.

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Medium 3 corner file

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I'm always amazed by the quality of Stewmac tools. I'm using this file primarily to the first passes on rounding the fret ends.

5.0

sweet!

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Worked perfectly for me dressing up some frets.

Like the handle! Very comfy!

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3 corner file

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High quality file. I am a home enthusiast. Bought this file to try my hand at fret shaping and tried it out on an el cheapo before I attempted it on my Strat. Went better than I thought it would. With patience I believe you can get your frets exactly how you want them with this file.

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great file

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Needed for fret dressing.

5.0

Arhh... simple, quick, accurate

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I've tried other files for dressing and crowning. These work the best. I use the large for all the shaping and finish off with a touch from the two smaller ones if needed. Spot on!

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Great!

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This is a great file. I bought the Medium. It's very easy to control and cuts nicely.

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I have all 3 sizes. I use the smallest one the most. It has replaced my "fret-end file" because I prefer the single-cut teeth.

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