Fret End Dressing File

Fret End Dressing File

Fret End Dressing File

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Fret End Dressing File

About This Item

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

Great File

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After trying all my other files, I got this one. It worked.

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my new file

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Love it ! Had it in 2 days ! Will buy from Stew Mac again soon !

5.0

Perfect tool for the job.

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I smoothed the edges of my ukulele frets in no time with zero damage. Awesome tool.

5.0

Great little file

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Great file at a decent price. Highly recommend.

5.0

excellent tool!

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Stewmac -great tools and materials for dialing in my guitars! Fast shipping! A1!

5.0

great tool for any musician to have !

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i bought this tool for my frets, i use it on all guitars, basses, ukuleles.essential to have for fret work

5.0

Works great on Stainless frets

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Excellent file for end dressing, I ordered it for my first stainless fret job. It worked great. First dress the fret ends with fret block at 35 degree, knocks off the sharp edges, file the frets and polish with StewMac polishing cloths. Your end results and excellent.

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Dressed for Success!

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In today's day of Craft Beers & Designer Coffee $15 is not much to spend on a Lil' File that could change your life. This is just another case of "Why the Hell did I wait SO DAMN LONG?" I like to build & or refurbish intermediately priced instruments and without fail the necks come with varying degrees of jagged frets. Especially in the dry winter months. This fret dressing file makes a pothole ridden northern winter road into a race track of fresh asphalt. Night & Day, Smooth as silk. All my frets are now dressed for success! Thank You Stew-mac! Sean in PA

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Another great file to have

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So cheap, you can't be without one.
Doesn't damage fingerboard wood.

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Fret End Dressing File

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I read different articles concerning fret protruding using files from hareware stores which could work also, but I think one would have to take extra care using them . This one is specifically made for that purpose and already the proper width . Although works well , I think it needs to be a little longer. My opinion. Thanks.

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 11 See Fret End Dressing File
on page 11 of our StewMac Digital Catalog