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

Dan Erlewine shows how to use this small file for shaping fret ends.

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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 one of seven tools included in our Essential Fretting Tool Kit, a compilation of tools you'll need for the fundamentals of fret work. Kit also includes our book, Fretwork 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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Fret End Dressing File

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Three and counting....

By Carolyn Donovan from Colorado Springs, Co.
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 10, 2013

It's called 3 and counting for a very good reason-the file is great for the project it's designed for and I'm apparently a nutzoid for showing it to people then letting them borrow the the lesson here is DON'T LOAN OUT THE FILE! (either that or take stock out in Stew-Mac-same with screwdriver kit...argh!)

Perfect and simple

By Domblo from France
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, August 04, 2013

I like this file, very effective and easy to use

Fret End Dressing File

By Rob Uker from Monroe, New York
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to try out a friends Fret End Dressing File and immediately knew I had to have one. It really makes fret dressing easy , fast and fool proof.

Excellent little file

By Gustav from Sweden
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 14, 2013

It looked small in the pictures but is even smaller than i thought it was. Makes dressing the fret ends enjoyable.

Perfect file to dress frets

By Jorge Pulido from NYC
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, June 13, 2013

At last, a quality fret file to help take care of sharp fret ends. A must have for a guitar players tool box.

Quit being cheap and spend the money

By RayLujan from Broomfield, Colorado
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 30, 2013

I needed to dress the fret ends on one of my guitars. I looked at the Fret End Dressing File on the Stewmac site, but it seemed rather pricey with the shipping. So I instead bought a small triangular file from a big box hardware store. Once I taped the heck out of my fret board I tried to dress the fret ends. It didn't work out so well. I still had to be extremely careful to not damage the wood and I had a hard time actually filing down the frets. So I went ahead and ponied up the now relatively small amount of money for a tool designed to do the job. The work went down quickly and without any issues. Lesson learned. Get the tool to do the job and quit being cheap.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Good little file. Does its job well and protects the fretboard from damage.

Awesome Fret End Dressing File

(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, May 04, 2013

Love this little tool. I have used it on many of my acoustic guitars. Tape off so the binding not damaged, loosen 1st and 6th strings and take off the sharp fret it--5 stars.

Great File

By Griff from Farmington, AR
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 03, 2013

Just right for those rough fret ends. No scratches on the fretboard and very easy motion to quickly smooth those burs. Great little file .... a must for the bench. Also a very good price.

Great File

By Shawn from Buffalo NY
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 11, 2013

Perfect file for the job, a cost effective must have tool.

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