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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. 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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4.0

You need this for fretwork

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A nice little tool, works well. Methinks it would be better if it had industrial diamond cutting surfaces. That way it wouldn't clog up with metal like the file teeth do. And you could get back and forth action in tight places on the fretboard..... Right?

5.0

Fret End Dressing File

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This file works great and saves a lot of time smoothing out the fret ends. It make the playing experience much more enjoyable.

5.0

Dressing File

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Great for hand rolling fret ends. My MIM Strat feels almost as good as my US Strat.

5.0

Very good

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With the right technique with excellent results.

5.0

Great file.

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Excellent file.....my guitars play like dreams now.

4.0

Typical Stew Mac Excellent Quality

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Perfect safety edge makes use worry free even when fretboard is unmasked. This tool will help you take your fretwork 2 the next level. In my book it's all about the details

5.0

fret dressing file

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Works exactly as promised!

5.0

I love this file

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Works great! I would still tape your fret board.

5.0

Great Tool

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Does as it should - don't have to mask off fret board if I'm careful enough.

5.0

Nice little file

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Just the right size and configuration for dressing fret ends. Very fine cut, but nice and sharp, and it's good and rigid for better control. Well worth the money.

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 11 See Fret End Dressing File
on page 11 of our StewMac Catalog PDF

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