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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

Fret End Dressing File

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Verified Buyer


I purchased this file to dress the ends of frets that were cut rough and installed on a new instrument before I purchased it. The file worked exactly as advertised. I will now need to purchase a set in order to take care of the instrument as it ages. My experience with Stewart MacDonald has been that I can take their product descriptions literally as they are accurate without resorting to hyperbole.

5.0

Best fret end file to use for your refret

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Verified Buyer


These are the best fret-end dressing file available. With the smooth edge you won't tear the tape you laid down to protect the fret board and/or binding, and yet you still can get right "in there" to smooth out the rough edges (making it more comfortable to play).

Bonus hint: like ANY file these will wear out after a while (6-8 refrets), but even when worn out, they still work great for the last-pass polish of a nickle-silver fret edge.

Get these for the professional job.

5.0

Works as advertised!

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Verified Buyer


This was my first time dressing the ends of frets (on a neck I bought online).

Worked as advertised, not a mark on the neck.

5.0

Fret File is Awesome

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Verified Buyer


I am not a professional but using this little file was well worth the money. Thanks for the online assistance of videos on StewMac made using this and cleaning up the sharp ends a snap!

5.0

Great file!!!

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Verified Buyer


This file was easy to use and worked great for taking the sharp edges off my frets.

5.0

Fret file

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Verified Buyer


Nice tool. Easy to use. Does a great job.

5.0

Great Time Saver

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Verified Buyer


I do a lot of fretwork and find this file makes de-burring the fret ends go so much faster. I've used it on nickel, Evo, and stainless wire with great success. I highly recommend this file to anyone who has been struggling to get smooth ends or to shops where time counts.

5.0

Fret Dressing File

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Verified Buyer


Love the tool! Use it a lot when I was a student at Southeast Tech in Red Wing Mn, but in between that and now, it became displaced. Bought my 2nd one fro StewMac because it is a very useful tool when cleaning up Fret ends.

5.0

Delivered quick and as expected.

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Verified Buyer


Within a few minutes of filing, my ukulele fretboard was smooth as a baby's butt. Thanks!

5.0

Relatively inexpensive and works great!

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Verified Buyer


Small and functional. Simple to use. Nice tool.

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