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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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5.0

file and forget

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This is a near essential tool for finishing frets- a bit pricey, like most specialized tools, but you need it. I would, however, like to point out that your fingers have NO business anywhere near the fret ends when you're playing.

5.0

perfect

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perfect tool !

5.0

Great tool, double use.

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No fret dress should go without one. Makes rounding overs smooth & curvy. Used on simple setups as well, to improve feel & impress customers even more. Also used as a glue scraper (flat, non cutting face, down) after fret glue-up. Its sharp edge acts as a tiny scraper, to remove dried glue, around and on frets.

5.0

smoothest file ive found.

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its like 300 grit sand paper

5.0

buy this file

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One of the first things I ever bought from StewMac, and one the most essential.

You can do it with a triangular file. But, the sharp edge-rounded edge combo, and the "fineness" of this file make it a perfect tool for the purpose. Also good for polishing the bevel, after you've roughed it a mill file.

5.0

The difference

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It's incredible how a small tool can make such an enormous difference to finishing and client's happiness!
Tks!

5.0

Another "must-have" for the set-up/fretwork tool kit.....

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This is yet ANOTHER one of the wonderful "doo-dad" tools that I impulsively tacked onto another Stew-Mac order one day, that has served me in ways I didn't think possible. Sure, it's made for shaping fret ends, which it excels at. But it's also great for nut shaping (especially rounding-off those pesky corners), saddle shaping, and almost anything else where you need a small profile with fine teeth and a quick cut. Since setups often require the repair of "fret sprout", especially here in the climate changes of NYC, this file comes out of the toolbox on just about every setup.

5.0

Perfect tool!

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I didn't have a file that would smooth the end of the frets without filing the wood of the fingerboard. This file is perfect for the job. Small, fine filing action.

4.0

Nice

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Nice tool, a little too delicate, but it does what it promises!

5.0

Worked great

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I ordered this to fix the ragged fret ends on a neck I got from Stew Mac. I'm new to filing fret ends but this little wonder made it easy. I smoothed everything out and made it as smooth as butter without any damage to fingerboard.

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