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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An absolutely must have!

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Perfect precision tool. Job done!

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Great Tool!

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You have to love it when a tool does exactly as it is intended to do. Best tool for this job. Love it.

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Great tool

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Excellent, but you may want to start the job with a medium 3 corner file and use this needle file to fine finish and contour.

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just try it.

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. . . ////. . . file it slow.

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Fret End Dressing 

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perfect for the job

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Great little tool!

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Couldn't be better, perfect for the intended job.

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Small & Effective

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This is a small, precision file that works great on fret ends. The file is sharp and the teeth are small. Fret ends are easily shaped & rounded, no chatter, no damage to the fretboard. The price is a bargain comparted to many other tools!

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Smart Investment

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Before I purchased this file, I was using triangular files with the edges filed down. I still use these files, but, this file is quite fine and does a fantastic job of smoothing the out the cuts made with the triangular file. In other words, this file does not take a big bite as do the modified triangular files. I wish I had purchased this item a long time ago.

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Great File for what it is made for.

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I like this file. It was specifically made for my needs with dressing the fret ends easily, and professionally. Great job Stewmac.com!

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