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

Dan Erlewine shows how to use this small file for shaping fret ends.

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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 File

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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.

For Those Details

By J. E. Mike Tobey from Davenport, Iowa
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 14, 2012

The one thing I did do with my file before use was to highly polish the safe corners/surfaces on a belt sander equipped with a 3M abrasive nylon belt-just to make sure I would not get grooves in the binding edge. I have the other S-Mc tri-corner fret files and this fits into the routine just fine- I prepped those the same way before use. Price is right too.

Very Fine File

By Russ in Dallas from Dallas, TX
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, June 05, 2012

This thing works much quicker than you might think! My only concern is that in the picture it looks like they're trying to file with the "safe" edge!

A great little tool

By Marty W from Salem, OR
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 01, 2012

I had one of these several years ago and made the mistake of loaning it to a friend - oops. It is one of the must haves for an amateur who doesn't want to invest a lot of money in fretting tools. I have never found anything that works as well as it does.


By Little Crow from Atlanta, GA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 01, 2012

Very precise and strong file. It cuts through fret wire easily and the safe edges are excellent for protecting the board during delicate fretwork .

You need this for fretwork

By Mikaleno from Los Angeles, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 28, 2012

A nice little tool, works well. Methinks it would be better if it had industrial diamond cutting surfaces. That way it wouldn't clog up with metal like the file teeth do. And you could get back and forth action in tight places on the fretboard..... Right?

Fret End Dressing File

By Roadstead Music from Yucaipa
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 25, 2012

This file works great and saves a lot of time smoothing out the fret ends. It make the playing experience much more enjoyable.

Dressing File

By Danno from USA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 24, 2012

Great for hand rolling fret ends. My MIM Strat feels almost as good as my US Strat.

Very good

By Rodrigo Gomes from Brazil
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 21, 2012

With the right technique with excellent results.

Great file.

By Douglas Kratz from Malvern, Arkansas
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 18, 2012

Excellent guitars play like dreams now.

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