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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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5 2-09-2012
fret end dressing file

Brilliant piece of kit. Fast efficient delivery. Will certainly shop at Stewart-MacDonald again.

jonty  nottingham uk
5 1-30-2012
just try it.

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

jiROck Custom  Philippines Read my reviews (58)
5 1-19-2012
dressing file

An absolutely must have. Thanks

polpick  netherlands Read my reviews (4)
5 11-18-2011
Fret End Dressing

perfect for the job

p gaudreau  canada Read my reviews (43)
5 11-01-2011
Great little tool!

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

Rick Harrison  South Australia Read my reviews (9)
5 10-21-2011
Small & Effective

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!

tb  Portland OR Read my reviews (50)
5 10-11-2011
Smart Investment

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.

jimsonrat  Los Osos, CA Read my reviews (4)
5 10-08-2011
Great File for what it is made for.

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

Hofner72  Oro valley, AZ Read my reviews (4)
5 10-01-2011
Precision file - a must when refretting

This really does make tidying up the fret ends an easy job. It allows a tech to be precise and attend to each fret individually, without the fear of touching the neck or binding.

Pete's Guitar Repairs  New Zealand Read my reviews (5)
5 9-28-2011

Vital - how can you work without one?

Gibby  Sydney, Australia Read my reviews (4)
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