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

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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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Perfect Tool

By pablopuerto from Chile
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, November 09, 2013


its just what I needed.

Must-have Tool

By Mark B from CT
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 06, 2013


This little tool is the best file I have every used for fret work. It only files the frets, not the surrounding fretboard. Must-have tool!

This works

By Bob Shilling from Berkeley, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, October 26, 2013


I bought a cheap ukulele, and the fret ends were snagging my fingers. I tried a small regular file, but it left a mark on the fretboard. I bought this file and, with a very short learning curve (hence the 4-stars), they are now smooth with no damage to the fretboard. I didn't even have to remove the strings.

Wow!  Is this ever a helpful tool!

By Wasabifiend from Minneapolis, MN USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 16, 2013


It makes finishing a fret job or tuning up a neck easier than ever!!

Nice Tool

By Carlos Giron from Ny
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Perfect, removing them only to finish

It's works

By geetar_geek79 from North Hollywood, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, October 14, 2013


It works! And simple enough for a noob like me.

Fret End Dressing File

By Martin from Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 03, 2013


It does a better job than a regular file or the recrowning one but it still leaves marks on the wood.

love it

By donnas62 from new orleans
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 18, 2013


This tiny file does great things and won't cut your fret board while filing.

Three and counting....

By Carolyn Donovan from Colorado Springs, Co.
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 10, 2013


It's called 3 and counting for a very good reason-the file is great for the project it's designed for and I'm apparently a nutzoid for showing it to people then letting them borrow the file.....so the lesson here is DON'T LOAN OUT THE FILE! (either that or take stock out in Stew-Mac-same with screwdriver kit...argh!)

Perfect and simple

By Domblo from France
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 04, 2013


I like this file, very effective and easy to use

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