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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

Excellent Tool for the Job

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I found the fret end file to be perfect for dressing fret ends. The "safe" bottom of the file really does protect the finish of the neck while allowing the file sides to get up tight against the fret end sides.

5.0

Papa T's C.B.G's

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Buy two, one for each hand! Great file for end dressing, easy handling and a must for any shop...

5.0

The best tool for the job!

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I bought this to address some humidity born fret clean up on a newish bass. I am very happy. Watch the video if you aren't confident but buy this item for your tool kit!

5.0

Smooth

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Had a bass that the fret ends weren't finished that well. Sharp ends made it uncomfortable to play. With this file I was able to smooth off the sharp edges.

5.0

Upgrades guitar!

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I bought this file to smooth edges of frets on my new $900 guitars. Really does the trick. Makes playing much more enjoyable. It's cool that I was able to do this myself with an affordable tool.

5.0

This file works!

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I bought this file to clean up sharp fret ends. I had used a flat file to shorten a fret-sprout problem and that always leaves a sharp edge that has to be rounded off. This file worked as advertised and it worked quickly. I didn't even have to mask the fretboard due to the design of the file.

5.0

Handy Dandy Tools to Have

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If you own several guitars and are handy with tools, this is a must have. I have several production Strats and some partcasters, which I put together myself. Over time the wood shrinks and the ends of the frets start to stick out. Not that i'm cheap, but if I can do the job myself then I save money for more projects. Great tool, simple to use and I don't know how I ever did without it.

5.0

Perfect tool for the job

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Had another file but this is perfect.! Did the job perfectly!

5.0

Great

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Fast shipping an d great tool. Will buy from again.

2.0

doesnt work as well as my old triangle file with ground edge

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Just bought this and was not impressed, i have been doing fret work for sometime now and wanted to get this as there seemed to be good reviews, however i found it to be too fine of a grit and takes forever to round a fret end, my old reliable triangle file is 5 times faster with much better results

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