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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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Doe's what says it will do, if you don't want to feel sharp fret ends after fret work, then you need this file. I am very happy with mine, and so are my customers.

5.0

Perfect Tool

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its just what I needed.

5.0

Must-have Tool

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This little tool is the best file I have every used for fret work. It only files the frets, not the surrounding fretboard. Must-have tool!

4.0

This works

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I bought a cheap ukulele, and the fret ends were snagging my fingers. I tried a small regular file, but it left a mark on the fretboard. I bought this file and, with a very short learning curve (hence the 4-stars), they are now smooth with no damage to the fretboard. I didn't even have to remove the strings.

5.0

Wow!  Is this ever a helpful tool!

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It makes finishing a fret job or tuning up a neck easier than ever!!

5.0

Nice Tool

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Perfect, removing them only to finish

5.0

It's works

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It works! And simple enough for a noob like me.

4.0

Fret End Dressing File

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It does a better job than a regular file or the recrowning one but it still leaves marks on the wood.

5.0

love it

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This tiny file does great things and won't cut your fret board while filing.

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Three and counting....

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It's called 3 and counting for a very good reason-the file is great for the project it's designed for and I'm apparently a nutzoid for showing it to people then letting them borrow the file.....so the lesson here is DON'T LOAN OUT THE FILE! (either that or take stock out in Stew-Mac-same with screwdriver kit...argh!)

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 11 See Fret End Dressing File
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