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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

Excellent tool

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Used several times

5.0

Great little file.

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Smooths fret ends quickly, and smoothly.

5.0

Perfect for my needs.

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I needed to take the sharp edge off of my frets. This file did the job.

5.0

Works like a charm!

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There's nothing more annoying than rough or sharp fret edges, especially on a new guitar. This little file makes quick work of those nasty fret edges. An indispensable part of my kit.

5.0

Another use for this great file!

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I bought this file to do what it's intended use is. Living in Wisconsin the temps, & humidity are all over the map. Fret ends need touchups all the time. The other thing I found is that is the perfect size to fit in the slot of the bridge studs on my PRS guitar. They get a little bit rough from adjusting the height. This little file takes the burrs off nicely. I'm an old hand resting on the bridge type player. If I feel the slightest rough spot I lose all my mojo! BTW: PRS guitars are wonderful! I have a Spruce Top Hollowbody. Love it!

5.0

Mini file

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Handiest little file ever. The perfect file for rounding your fret ends to shaping a new nut. A must have in my shop.

5.0

A great tool.

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If you have an inexpensive (even some more spendy guitars need it) guitar with sharp frets this inexpensive tool with eliminate your sharp frets.

5.0

Fret file

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I have been using these small fret files for 5 years and for smoothing fret ends, it does the job !
Does not scratch fret board, easy to use. Would hate to be without it !! I would give it 10 stars if I could !!

4.0

expensive, but works great

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Needed smooth off fret ends on made in Mexico Fender bass. Just a few gentle strokes and jagged frets were gone!

5.0

Great

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Bought this for a couple of guitars I have every year when the temp changes.it works wonderful.Fret edges smooth as silk.

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