Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files

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These custom-made files give you a handle on your fret work!

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Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files Fret Leveler, 3"

Fret Leveler, 3"

Item # 0861
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Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files Fret Leveler, 6"

Fret Leveler, 6"

Item # 0862
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Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files Fingerboard leveler, 6"

Fingerboard leveler, 6"

Item # 0864
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These custom-made files give you a handle on your fret work!

These files work quickly to level frets or fingerboards, leaving a smooth finish.

Each file is 1" wide with a comfortable hardwood handle. The 6" length is for general use, and the 3" length is for spot leveling.

The fret leveling files have single-cut teeth with a steeper angle to eliminate "chatter." They cut faster and smoother than most fret leveling files we've used, they work quickly, and they're great for dressing and beveling fret ends.

The fingerboard leveler is a double-cut file for ebony, rosewood and pearl inlays. Despite its rough appearance, it leaves a smooth finish.

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.

Ratings & Reviews

Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files

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Worked okay

By Andrew H. from South Carolina, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, June 18, 2013

This tool worked okay, though it did seem to want to move a little at first. Perhaps the frets weren't close enough to flush at first. All in all, a little pricey for what it is, but worked just fine.

Wouldn't fret level with it..

By T Jones from Chester, MT
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 14, 2013

Would not fret level with this since it is a bit to short in size and to aggressive.. Works great for beveling and removing those sharp fret ends that stick out from the edge on necks that shrink a bit...


By Roeller's Custom Guitars from Woodbury MN
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, June 03, 2013

I dont usually do this, but these files made short work of a Stainless Steel fret board I completed. I went from spending weeks trying to get my boards flat and even to hours. It not not only cleaned out the burs but leveled every fret in minutes. It is a God Send and worth every nickle you spend, just in the time savings.


By Lotus from Arlington WA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Always dubious of hype as we all are, I'm sure. Bought the 6 inch file and it's good. Know how box store files skip and chatter? A good file doesn't do that - even on metal. This little guy is aggressive, doesn't skip, and doesn't load up like cheap files. Don't think I'll level frets with it though, most likely will eat them too fast. But it's great for fret beveling and any other need to get meat off before you sand to a smooth finish. Can't go wrong with this guy. Prices are high at Stew's and some are ridiculous, but most of the items I find are superior to my jitters when I try them and glad I sprang for them.

Fret leveling file

By JAT from Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 18, 2012

Great cutting action. Fits nice in your hand. Can level out frets in no time. So glad I decided to buy this.


By Rodrigo Gomes from Brazil
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 27, 2012

Consegue-se um acabamento excelente nos trastes.

Fingerboard Leveling File

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

I only own the fingerboard leveling file, but it is amazing! The smoothest cutting file I have ever used. Perfect for leveling after inlay.


By Enrico Schiaffella from Roma, Italy
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 26, 2012

It works nicely. It is easy to hold. Good product.

3 " fret leveler

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Excellent. just be careful of how much pressure you put on it.

Fret Leveler, 6" 

By Gusty from Ro
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Very qualitative tool, good for straightening of many materials. Take care, is very aggressive with frets, cut deeply!

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