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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.

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 1 of the 7 tools included in our Essential Fretting Tool Set, a compilation of tools you'll need for the fundamentals of fret work. The set also includes our book, Fret Work 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. 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.


Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Fixing fret ends that stick out in dry weather

This week, Erick Coleman answers a wintertime question: What to do about fret ends that stick out of the sides of the neck?

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5.0

The Perfect Tool

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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.

5.0

Excellent file

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

5.0

Very clever

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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.

5.0

fret end file

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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.

5.0

Fantastic Little File

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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.

4.0

Great little file

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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!

5.0

Fret End Dressing File

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Simply put, the best file available for delicate hand dressing fret ends. Very well designed. The size and shape is just right; with a fine cut on both sides.

5.0

huge improvement

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Put it to work the minute I got. Well made, well priced, and great results

5.0

Good file

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As far as I can tell this is a pretty good file. I'm not an expert ,but it works for me.

5.0

Fret End Dressing File

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Does the job to perfection and easy to use.

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on page 11 of our StewMac Catalog PDF

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