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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The Tool For the Rounded Fret-End Addict

By StewMike from Italia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 26, 2011

as a super rounded fret-end guy like me, this is the ultimate tool. i finally can get the fret-ends as rounded as a ball in a few seconds. the square edge is great to round the very "foot" of the fret, right were it sits on the wood, and the rounded edge is perfect to round-up the top of the fret without marrying anything. thanks again, Stewmac!

Precision tool

By Julyan Wallis, Guitar Doctor / J Gu from Cornwall, UK
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Required to finish those ends off properly, has cut down fret dressing time per job, on my 2nd one in 3 years. Can be used upside down to prevent marking the fingerboard so definitely very useful for any fretter.

very nice file

By MoorMusic from Switzerland
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, April 29, 2011

It does everything as promised. Luvly.

fret end problem solved

By Bert van der Moer from Netherlands
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, April 22, 2011

after i received your little device i found a number of guitars in shop where the fret ends were not finished at all, leaving razor sharp and dangerous edges. Using this device i solved the problem in no time for the shop, earned the cost back and prevented some young starters from being hurt. good stuff.

The Perfect Tool

By Uncle Don from Woodstock, Ct
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 31, 2011

I have several old ukuleles--good ones--that have experienced neck shrinkage causing the fret ends to poke out and cut my fingers. This situation takes a lot of the fun out of playing. I contacted StewMac and they recommended the Fret End Dressing File. It arrived today!! I sat with my ukes and this oral thermometer-sized tool for less than 20 minutes....all better!! The Perfect Tool. Thanks, guys.

Excellent file

By Anthony R from Oxford England
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A really super little tool.A must have for that truly great fret job. I highly recommend this for your basic kit

Very clever

By Softlad from Ireland
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 30, 2011

If you do fretwork you must have this file, I had been using a flat miniature file for the ends and was really careful and it did a good job but this one does a great job fast.

fret end file

By Martin E from Kansas
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 25, 2011

This is a great little tool. I found it eliminates the risk of scratches on the fretboard. I plan to use on all future guitars. Well worth the price.

Fantastic Little File

By Joemac from Anola, MB, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 16, 2011

This is an extremely useful little file for dressing fret ends. I was worried about the fingerboard - but no need. The rounded edge on the file did no damage. In retrospect I'd have purchased the fret beveling file as well - starting with the proper 35 degree bevel would have been a lot easier. I'd recommend this little file to anyone.

Great little file

By G Mutt from Albuquerque
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 12, 2011

This file is easy to use and does a fabulous job of dressing up frets that are either protruding from wood shrinkage or sharp like one may find on less expensive instruments. A must have!

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