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

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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 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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A little tool with a big function.

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Excellent services from you guys

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Fret End Dressing Files

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These are a must to do a professional job. They take the work out of this chore and give a custom fit on the neck

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The Tool For the Rounded Fret-End Addict

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as a super rounded fret-end guy like me, this is the ultimate tool. i finally can get the fret-ends as rounded as a ball in a few seconds. the square edge is great to round the very "foot" of the fret, right were it sits on the wood, and the rounded edge is perfect to round-up the top of the fret without marrying anything. thanks again, Stewmac!

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Precision tool

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Required to finish those ends off properly, has cut down fret dressing time per job, on my 2nd one in 3 years. Can be used upside down to prevent marking the fingerboard so definitely very useful for any fretter.

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very nice file

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It does everything as promised. Luvly.

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fret end problem solved

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after i received your little device i found a number of guitars in shop where the fret ends were not finished at all, leaving razor sharp and dangerous edges. Using this device i solved the problem in no time for the shop, earned the cost back and prevented some young starters from being hurt. good stuff.

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The Perfect Tool

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I have several old ukuleles--good ones--that have experienced neck shrinkage causing the fret ends to poke out and cut my fingers. This situation takes a lot of the fun out of playing. I contacted StewMac and they recommended the Fret End Dressing File. It arrived today!! I sat with my ukes and this oral thermometer-sized tool for less than 20 minutes....all better!! The Perfect Tool. Thanks, guys.

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Excellent file

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A really super little tool.A must have for that truly great fret job. I highly recommend this for your basic kit

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Very clever

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If you do fretwork you must have this file, I had been using a flat miniature file for the ends and was really careful and it did a good job but this one does a great job fast.

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fret end file

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This is a great little tool. I found it eliminates the risk of scratches on the fretboard. I plan to use on all future guitars. Well worth the price.

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