Fret End Dressing File

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Fret End Dressing File

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Fret End Dressing File

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 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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5.0

Smart Investment

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Before I purchased this file, I was using triangular files with the edges filed down. I still use these files, but, this file is quite fine and does a fantastic job of smoothing the out the cuts made with the triangular file. In other words, this file does not take a big bite as do the modified triangular files. I wish I had purchased this item a long time ago.

5.0

Great File for what it is made for.

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I like this file. It was specifically made for my needs with dressing the fret ends easily, and professionally. Great job Stewmac.com!

5.0

Precision file - a must when refretting

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This really does make tidying up the fret ends an easy job. It allows a tech to be precise and attend to each fret individually, without the fear of touching the neck or binding.

5.0

Mandatory

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Vital - how can you work without one?

5.0

I like it

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this file is very nice. It is very easy to control and cuts great. It could have been my technique, but the "safe" sides still dug into the wood a bit while I used it. I still like it though

5.0

Excellent Tool

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This little gem is the absolutely perfect file for this type of job. The rounded edge on the bottom takes all the worry out of cutting into the fretboard and, it is so easy to use. I've tried using other files to do this job with not so good results but, with this tool you can get perfect results every time.

5.0

Fret End Dressing File

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Really nice little file that does a yeoman's job without scuffing up your neck. Don't know why I 'made do' with jeweler's files all these years...live and learn. Excellent tool.

5.0

File

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Nice little file. Works good. As others have said, you can make your own. I live in the sticks though and its actually not worth it for me to waste the time (over an hour) or gas (at least $10) going to get a file. Then I still have to take the time to grind the edges to work like this one. I could've refretted a guitar in that time! For $13 I'll take this one.

3.0

easy enough to make your own. 

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It's a typical file that has the edges grounded.

5.0

Great Tool

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Files down the end of the frets very quickly. I would advise practicing to get a good steady hand as you can easily mark the fretboard if you aren't careful

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