Fret End Dressing File

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The first thing a player feels is the fret ends, so always shape them with this file. Smooth, non-marring edges glide on the fingerboard while the fine-toothed sides deburr and round the fret.

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Fret End Dressing File

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Fret End Dressing File

Dan Erlewine shows how to use this small file for shaping fret ends.

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The first thing a player feels is the fret ends, so always shape them with this file. Smooth, non-marring edges glide on the fingerboard while the fine-toothed sides deburr and round the fret.

For rounding, shaping and deburring.
This specialized file dresses the ends of the frets after they've been installed, trimmed flush and beveled.

One thin edge is ground "safe" to help protect the fretboard, and the other rounded over. This file cuts only where it needs to: on both sharp corners of the unground thin edge, and on both of the wider toothed cutting surfaces.

The cutting surfaces smooth the fret end bevel, and the sharp corners nip off the sharp burrs at the edge of the fret bevel where it meets the edge of the neck. With the safe edge facing down, the cutting surfaces of this little file do a good job of rounding over and shaping the fret ends.

File dimensions are .062" x .125" x 6", with 3" cutting surfaces.

Essential for fretting
This item is one of seven tools included in our Essential Fretting Tool Kit, a compilation of tools you'll need for the fundamentals of fret work. Kit also includes our book, Fretwork Step By Step by Erick Coleman with Dan Erlewine.

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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Fret End Dressing File

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Amazing solution!

By Terry K from Spokane, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 13, 2014

This little file is the answer to ratty, sharp fret ends! My project guitar had some predictable flaws which I fixed. But the neck had some nasty, finger ripping fret ends. I feared attempting to clean them with even a needle file for concern for damaging the wood of the finger board. This file simply and absolutely safely solved the dilemma. The neck is smooth and easy to handle now. If you only buy one tool for perfecting frets, this file is that tool. NO KIDDING! This is a finger saver! Pictured is my "Paul" project.

Great file

By WillC from Fayetteville, AR
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 27, 2014

The file is very easy to use and much nicer than the jeweler files I have. Very easy to control. I needed this to clean up the ends of some frets where the manufacturer of the guitar left burrs. I was able to clean them all up easily even though I am very much a novice at this work.

Great tool

By Gene King from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 20, 2014

This is a wonderful tool for dressing the ends of your fretted instrument. I had great results the first time I used it and so will you.

The perfect tool for the job

By RichEss from Denver, Colorado USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, February 14, 2014

Seems like all but the higher end fret jobs on guitars without a binding lack the final filing of the fret ends, and to me nothing screams "cheap feeling neck" like the feel of barbed wire when I slide my hand up the neck. Personally, I wouldn't let something like that out of my shop but this little file will fix this common problem. Good price for a specialized tool.

File this little gem under "must have"

By RAC from New York, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Just buy it. It's cheap. It comes assembled. It requires no setup. It files fret ends and protects your fretboard from goofs. No brainer.

Fret End Dressing File

By AZPaul from Chandler, AZ
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 09, 2014

Love it!

Fret End Dressing File

By Red Fox Guitars from Albert Lea, MN
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 02, 2014

This is a tiny little thing, but it does as it's intended.

You will use it everyday

By Stillborn from Harlan, Ia
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, January 25, 2014

If you do any fret work at all, you will use this file! I use it everyday in my shop. A must have for dressing fret ends!

Fret End dressing File

By Louis Vedros from Nashville,Tennessee
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 19, 2014

I have always enjoyed working on guitars especially the fret area. The Fret End Dressing File is perfect for dressing fret ends without spending a fortune with a shop especially in Nashville. Thank you. Louis

Well designed

By Hipabilly from Bowling Green, KY
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 17, 2014

Perfect little tool. One flat edge, one curved edge, lets you address any angle without digging into surrounding wood. I'm sure I'll use this forever.

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