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Fret End Dressing File

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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

Perfect file to dress frets

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

5.0

Quit being cheap and spend the money

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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.

5.0

Nice

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

5.0

Awesome Fret End Dressing File

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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 edges...love it--5 stars.

5.0

Great File

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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.

5.0

Great File

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

5.0

Fret Dressing File

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Well made.

4.0

Pretty good kit

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Got better results with my standard mini files, but did take neck laquer of the fingerboard edge, whereas this thing prevents that. This is harder work to make progress but worth it and good value. A must have for the tool box.

5.0

Great tool

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Made playing my ukulele super smooth. This tool is for everyone.

5.0

Time Saver

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Maybe a little pricey to start with but it's a great time saver so it worth the money. No picture. If you've seen one fret, you've pretty much seen them all.

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on page 11 of our StewMac Catalog PDF

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