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

Very happy with it

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Works great, I don't even need to tape up the fretboard (I probably would on a precious guitar though, just for extra ensurance). A couple of swipes with the flat side down to get the edges off the bottom of the fret, then flip it over to the rounded side down to do the rest without worrying about fretboard and neck edge damage.

It's a lot tinier than I imagined, but that's fine. Frets are tiny too and obviously file width much higher than fret height would do no good.

5.0

Fret Dressing File

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Best file investment I have made in a while. Easy to use and safe as well.

5.0

Works as advertised

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Works as advertised. Because the edges of the file are smooth and protect the fret board, its perfect for a beginner like me.

5.0

Fret end dressing made much easier

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Verified Buyer


Having tried various tools over the years (with mixed results), I thought I would give this tool a try. I watched Dan Erlewine's video and it seemed like it was a tool that could make this tedious work a lot easier. When it arrived I was excited to get started. I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of use and the great results. Now, keep in mind this is skilled work and no tool is going to make you an expert instantly! This one does, however, have a great advantage over a lot of the tools that are out there. The smooth edges prevent damage to the fingerboard while allowing you to dress those fret ends very nicely.

5.0

It did a fine job, and I got more than the intended use out of it

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This file did a terrific job of its intended purpose of cleaning and shaping the ends of frets without damaging the wood of the adjacent fretboard. It cut quickly and cleanly.

I got a second, unintended use out of it, when on using another tool to shape the fret ends, I accidentally allowed the tool to ride up onto the frets and damage the working surface of several of the frets. This file helped me to clean up that minor damage as well, by flattening the fret surfaces before I cleaned them up with the file eraser kit I had purchased otherwise to clean up the frets.

5.0

Quick & easy feet and dressing. Expensive!

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Excellent small specialist file but overpriced.

5.0

Great tool

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Worked as described for cleaning up the fret ends on my Chibson. $15 might be a little expensive IMO but it is a specialized tool. I am happy with the results

5.0

Nice!!

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I’ve recently completed a partial re-fret on an American Strat, using all StewMac tools needed to do the job. I wanted the fret edges perfect because it will be my main gigging axe. (Keeping the Les Paul at home and out of the bars and clubs)
This file allowed me to trim/round the fret ends and make them as smooth as butter! No “meat hooks” on the edges of the fretboard is a good thing! Love this file. Used it to also file off the tabs on the TUSQ XL nut that I put on this Strat. This file is sweet and cuts very smooth!
Thanx StewMac!!

5.0

Fret dressing file

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I purchased this file to smooth out a few rough fret edges.Very good tool and does a nice job!

5.0

A must for any guitar owner

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Forget about being a luthier - this is a must have for any guitar owner. It is very easy to use to clean up fret ends. Even brand new guitars will have that one or two fret ends that stick out a bit and this file is perfect for fixing those sort of snags.

This little file is very easy to use. The narrow edges (one flat, one rounded) are smooth, making the job that much easier by not needing to do any masking to avoid marring binding or finger board. This file exceeded my expectations.

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on page 11 of our StewMac Digital Catalog