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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

Great tool

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Use with care, & u can dress those rough fret ends for a neck that feels like a $5k boutique or custom shop guitar. Put some frog tape or good quality masking tape on each side of the fret before filing, so you don't ding the wood.

5.0

Nice tool

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Another specialty tool, and StewMac comes to the rescue with this nice cheap solution. Good for the final touches on a fret dress.

5.0

love it

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this is the best fret dressing file i have ever used to date. get's the job done in no time with great results, & very inexpensive to boot

5.0

Very Handy

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Usefull tool. Once you used to it it's hard to put away.

4.0

Just about right.

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I like the file shape but it could stand to be a fair bit more fine.

5.0

A great tool.

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A great tool.

4.0

Fret dressing file

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Great tool. I would have gave it 5 stars, but the price is a little high.

4.0

For Those Details

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The one thing I did do with my file before use was to highly polish the safe corners/surfaces on a belt sander equipped with a 3M abrasive nylon belt-just to make sure I would not get grooves in the binding edge. I have the other S-Mc tri-corner fret files and this fits into the routine just fine- I prepped those the same way before use. Price is right too.

5.0

Very Fine File

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This thing works much quicker than you might think! My only concern is that in the picture it looks like they're trying to file with the "safe" edge!

5.0

A great little tool

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I had one of these several years ago and made the mistake of loaning it to a friend - oops. It is one of the must haves for an amateur who doesn't want to invest a lot of money in fretting tools. I have never found anything that works as well as it does.

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 11 See Fret End Dressing File
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