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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

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.

5.0

Great file

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Ideal for rounding fret ends. Flat side down allows you to easily round the ends without damaging the fretboard and round side down to roll the ends works great. A great addition to my tool rack? THanks.

5.0

Everyone needs a fret end dressing file

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The fret end dressing file is a must have for every player or repair person. Despite keeping all of my instruments in a humidified room, I inevitably have 1 or 2 guitars that have fretboards shrink and need a little dressing. Used to take them to my guitar MD (no or little charge) but now I can fix them at home in 5-10 minutes with no worries or care.

3.0

File it under "okay"

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This file works okay and does a nice clean job, however, the only problem I have with it is that my prior fret end file worked better and it was less expensive. That file slipped off fret less and had a slightly more aggressive cut. Some may say this is a technique issue, but I'll tell ya... I've been doing frets since the 70's. I've had every fret end file made. I know what I'm doing and I work fast to remove sharp, unruly fret ends. This StewMac file slows me down a bit compared to my old file. It also feels (speculation) like it won't last as long as it already feels worn out after a month. I may send it back.

5.0

Amazing solution!

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This little file is the answer to ratty, sharp fret ends! My project guitar had some predictable flaws which I fixed. But the neck had some nasty, finger ripping fret ends. I feared attempting to clean them with even a needle file for concern for damaging the wood of the finger board. This file simply and absolutely safely solved the dilemma. The neck is smooth and easy to handle now. If you only buy one tool for perfecting frets, this file is that tool. NO KIDDING! This is a finger saver! Pictured is my "Paul" project.

5.0

Great file

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The file is very easy to use and much nicer than the jeweler files I have. Very easy to control. I needed this to clean up the ends of some frets where the manufacturer of the guitar left burrs. I was able to clean them all up easily even though I am very much a novice at this work.

5.0

Great tool

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This is a wonderful tool for dressing the ends of your fretted instrument. I had great results the first time I used it and so will you.

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