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

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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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Typical Stew Mac Excellent Quality

By DJAcoustics from Michigan
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, May 01, 2012


Perfect safety edge makes use worry free even when fretboard is unmasked. This tool will help you take your fretwork 2 the next level. In my book it's all about the details

fret dressing file

By guappo from oregon
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 29, 2012


Works exactly as promised!

I love this file

By Good Vibrations from Seattle, Wa
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Works great! I would still tape your fret board.

Great Tool

By Joecool from Byfield, MA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Does as it should - don't have to mask off fret board if I'm careful enough.

Nice little file

By Cenulab from MA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 19, 2012


Just the right size and configuration for dressing fret ends. Very fine cut, but nice and sharp, and it's good and rigid for better control. Well worth the money.

Does the Job

By J.A. Smith Guitars from Grand Island, NE USA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, March 18, 2012


I needed to get a new one so I went looking around and StewMac had it cheaper and its a bit better than my old one

Great little fret file

By Jack's Workshop from Farmers Branch,Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 17, 2012


This fret file is a must have for all who want to save time. I use a magnifying glass so I can see what I'm doing. The smooth side or (safe edge)prevents leaving any marks on the fret board.

Just good

By Kirk W. from Punxsutawney, PA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 09, 2012


I've only used it once and it worked great.

Great file, but...

By Cagey from Clinton Twp., MI
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, February 29, 2012


These things work great, make life easier, and I consider them indispensable any more. The only thing I'd change is to make the abrasive a diamond dust rather than just the steel.

Fret End Dressing File

By Peem from BKK,Thailand
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 26, 2012


An absolutely must have!

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