Fret End Dressing File

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Fret End Dressing File

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Fret End Dressing File

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 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.


Trade Secrets!

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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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Just good

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

5.0

Great file, but...

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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.

5.0

Fret End Dressing File

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An absolutely must have!

5.0

Fret End Dressing File

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Perfect precision tool. Job done!

5.0

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.

5.0

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.

5.0

just try it.

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

5.0

Fret End Dressing 

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perfect for the job

5.0

Great little tool!

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

5.0

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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