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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By szlash280z from Jacksonville, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, September 10, 2011


this file is very nice. It is very easy to control and cuts great. It could have been my technique, but the "safe" sides still dug into the wood a bit while I used it. I still like it though

Excellent Tool

By TG hoffman from Albert,Kansas
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 04, 2011


This little gem is the absolutely perfect file for this type of job. The rounded edge on the bottom takes all the worry out of cutting into the fretboard and, it is so easy to use. I've tried using other files to do this job with not so good results but, with this tool you can get perfect results every time.

Fret End Dressing File

By benderb9 from St Petersburg,FL
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 01, 2011


Really nice little file that does a yeoman's job without scuffing up your neck. Don't know why I 'made do' with jeweler's files all these years...live and learn. Excellent tool.

File

By Jerhico Guitars from Altona, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Nice little file. Works good. As others have said, you can make your own. I live in the sticks though and its actually not worth it for me to waste the time (over an hour) or gas (at least $10) going to get a file. Then I still have to take the time to grind the edges to work like this one. I could've refretted a guitar in that time! For $13 I'll take this one.

easy enough to make your own. 

By Marv from Cleveland, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, July 30, 2011


It's a typical file that has the edges grounded.

Great Tool

By Goodin from Knoxville, TN, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 25, 2011


Files down the end of the frets very quickly. I would advise practicing to get a good steady hand as you can easily mark the fretboard if you aren't careful

Fret end dressing file

By mike2036 from Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Very cool tool, love it how the edges are grounded and don't cut into the fretboard although it does look different from the picture, its actually thinner in real, not as square-ish like shown.

A little tool with a big function.

By yustech from Malaysia
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Excellent services from you guys

Fret End Dressing Files

By Marksp from Harper, KS
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, June 20, 2011


These are a must to do a professional job. They take the work out of this chore and give a custom fit on the neck

The Tool For the Rounded Fret-End Addict

By StewMike from Italia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 26, 2011


as a super rounded fret-end guy like me, this is the ultimate tool. i finally can get the fret-ends as rounded as a ball in a few seconds. the square edge is great to round the very "foot" of the fret, right were it sits on the wood, and the rounded edge is perfect to round-up the top of the fret without marrying anything. thanks again, Stewmac!

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