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.


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

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.

5.0

Fantastic Little File

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This is an extremely useful little file for dressing fret ends. I was worried about the fingerboard - but no need. The rounded edge on the file did no damage. In retrospect I'd have purchased the fret beveling file as well - starting with the proper 35 degree bevel would have been a lot easier. I'd recommend this little file to anyone.

4.0

Great little file

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This file is easy to use and does a fabulous job of dressing up frets that are either protruding from wood shrinkage or sharp like one may find on less expensive instruments. A must have!

5.0

Fret End Dressing File

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Simply put, the best file available for delicate hand dressing fret ends. Very well designed. The size and shape is just right; with a fine cut on both sides.

5.0

huge improvement

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Put it to work the minute I got. Well made, well priced, and great results

5.0

Good file

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As far as I can tell this is a pretty good file. I'm not an expert ,but it works for me.

5.0

Fret End Dressing File

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Does the job to perfection and easy to use.

5.0

Awesome file!

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I recently bought a new Charvel Pro-Mod and it was shipped from the east coast to my home. After a few weeks when the neck settled into the dry midwest winter air, the fret ends became drastically exposed. Humidification didn't seem to help so I looked into getting the fret ends filed professionally. My local store said they would basically take a Dremel tool to the fret ends!!! What??? So, I looked here at STEW MAC and bought the fret end file for a fraction of the cost of what the music store was going to charge me for the "Dremel hack-job." After spending about an hour with the Stew Mac fret-end file, my neck feels as smooth as silk! This file is definitely worth every penny and very easy to use (I'm a novice and figured it out). Kudos to Stew Mac for supplying a great product and for all the different instructional videos which gave me the confidence to try this product! I will be back for more!!!

5.0

Fantastic file!

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This little file is possibly the best tool in my collection. Perfect for shaping fret ends into any number of different styles as well as attacking other issues in tight places.

4.0

Very good tool

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Great bang for the buck, does the job.

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