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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Fret end dressing tool

By Rick Harrell from Dallas, Tx
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 04, 2012


Bought and inexpensive guitar and had some problems with the fret bars extending too far. Using this tool made it easy to clean up the sharp edges and with the smooth edge on the neck there are no scratch marks on the wood. Now this less than $100 guitar plays and feels better than my $500 guitar. Wonderful tool.

Fret End Dressing File

By Brian J. Kelley from New Jersey
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, October 01, 2012


I have to say this fret end dressing file really saved my fingers from nicks and cuts from the sharp corners of the frets. It actually nips off the sharp burrs as well !!! I was truly amazed of how quickly the job was done. I highly recommend this to all bassists and guitarists.

Great Investment, Great Little Tool.

By Old Man Arthur from PDX
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 27, 2012


I had bought a Used Parker P-44... It was an NOS 2005. So it was seven years-old and the fret ends were hanging out of the fingerboard. This would have been an expensive repair at a Shop. But I did this myself in a half-hour. All 22 Frets! I am so happy with the results. So with a little patience you can get rid of those little razors that stick into your fretting fingers.

Great tool

By CWaggs from Illinois
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Use with care, & u can dress those rough fret ends for a neck that feels like a $5k boutique or custom shop guitar. Put some frog tape or good quality masking tape on each side of the fret before filing, so you don't ding the wood.

Nice tool

By Greg Robinson - Guitar & Amplifier from Melbourne, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Another specialty tool, and StewMac comes to the rescue with this nice cheap solution. Good for the final touches on a fret dress.

love it

By larry riedell from grafton, wisconsin
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 08, 2012


this is the best fret dressing file i have ever used to date. get's the job done in no time with great results, & very inexpensive to boot

Very Handy

By BrunoLob+úo from Brazil - Rio de Janeiro
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, August 03, 2012


Usefull tool. Once you used to it it's hard to put away.

Just about right.

By JeffW from Loveland, CO
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 11, 2012


I like the file shape but it could stand to be a fair bit more fine.

A great tool.

By Gusty from Ro
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 06, 2012


A great tool.

Fret dressing file

By abilbay from Ft Worth, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, June 18, 2012


Great tool. I would have gave it 5 stars, but the price is a little high.

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