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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.

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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
The Fret End Dressing File 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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Fret End Dressing File
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5 8-04-2013
Perfect and simple

I like this file, very effective and easy to use

Domblo  France Read my reviews (5)
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5 7-17-2013
Fret End Dressing File

I recently had the opportunity to try out a friends Fret End Dressing File and immediately knew I had to have one. It really makes fret dressing easy , fast and fool proof.

Rob Uker  Monroe, New York
5 6-14-2013
Excellent little file

It looked small in the pictures but is even smaller than i thought it was. Makes dressing the fret ends enjoyable.

Gustav  Sweden Read my reviews (18)
5 6-13-2013
Perfect file to dress frets

At last, a quality fret file to help take care of sharp fret ends. A must have for a guitar players tool box.

Jorge Pulido  NYC Read my reviews (3)
5 5-30-2013
Quit being cheap and spend the money

I needed to dress the fret ends on one of my guitars. I looked at the Fret End Dressing File on the Stewmac site, but it seemed rather pricey with the shipping. So I instead bought a small triangular file from a big box hardware store. Once I taped the heck out of my fret board I tried to dress the fret ends. It didn't work out so well. I still had to be extremely careful to not damage the wood and I had a hard time actually filing down the frets. So I went ahead and ponied up the now relatively small amount of money for a tool designed to do the job. The work went down quickly and without any issues. Lesson learned. Get the tool to do the job and quit being cheap.

RayLujan  Broomfield, Colorado
5 5-16-2013

Good little file. Does its job well and protects the fretboard from damage.

PNC Guitars  Washinton USA Read my reviews (26)
5 5-04-2013
Awesome Fret End Dressing File

Love this little tool. I have used it on many of my acoustic guitars. Tape off so the binding not damaged, loosen 1st and 6th strings and take off the sharp fret it--5 stars.

KOJACK  TENNESSEE Read my reviews (2)
5 5-03-2013
Great File

Just right for those rough fret ends. No scratches on the fretboard and very easy motion to quickly smooth those burs. Great little file .... a must for the bench. Also a very good price.

Griff  Farmington, AR Read my reviews (10)
5 4-11-2013
Great File

Perfect file for the job, a cost effective must have tool.

Shawn  Buffalo NY Read my reviews (3)
5 3-25-2013
Fret Dressing File

Well made.

fullwedge  Cornwall on Hudson, NY Read my reviews (21)
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