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Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files

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These custom-made files give you a handle on your fret work!
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Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
0861 Fret Leveler, 3" Yes

0862 Fret Leveler, 6" Yes

0864 Fingerboard leveler, 6" Yes

0860 Set of 3 SAVE $6.93 Yes

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These files work quickly to level frets or fingerboards, leaving a smooth finish.

Each file is 1" wide with a comfortable hardwood handle. The 6" length is for general use, and the 3" length is for spot leveling.

The fret leveling files have single-cut teeth with a steeper angle to eliminate "chatter." They cut faster and smoother than most fret leveling files we've used, they work quickly, and they're great for dressing and beveling fret ends.

The fingerboard leveler is a double-cut file for ebony, rosewood and pearl inlays. Despite its rough appearance, it leaves a smooth finish.

Essential for fretting
The #0862 Fret Leveling 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/Fingerboard Leveling Files
Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files
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5 4-02-2014
quick and accurate

That's a good tool to level a part of the frets. It cuts quickly, does not chatter and feels fine in the hand.

P.A. Roiron (Guitares-Roiron)  Lyon, France Read my reviews (8)
4 4-01-2014
Not bad

These are great for rough leveling of frets (I prefer sandpaper for fingerboards) but be cautious. They can take off a lot of material very quickly. I only wish the cross angle of the cutting surface was a shallower angle. It can grab and skip off the working area very easily. But go slow and be careful and they work good.

Pacific North Coast Guitars  Washington USA Read my reviews (39)
5 2-04-2014

this is most important fret tool there is! i use it for the ends & I'll sometimes take some off the top with it on a new install then start with 220 grit up to 2000 grit before finishing with 0000 steel wool...

funkymann1  Miami florida Read my reviews (4)
5 2-03-2014

This thing is awesome. I tried dressing fret ends with a standard file set, and it turned out ugly. This thing had my next guitar looking great in just a few swipes. Definitely worth the money.

Justin Eisenman  Asheville, NC Read my reviews (2)
4 11-12-2013
Handy Little Fellers

I highly recommend these files. They are really handy and easy to use. They are a little more aggressive than a regular flat file but you can control that by the amount of down force. I am not even a guitar tech but these StewMac tools really help me to maintain all of my old junky guitars or that is what my wife calls them!

Hefty Lefty  Columbia, SC Read my reviews (3)
4 10-22-2013
6" leveler

It certainly did the job but I think I could use a longer and wider leveling tool with slightly less aggressive surface for a smoother action...

psaltis john  greece Read my reviews (6)
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5 10-13-2013

I bought it to do an inexpensive Ibanez's frets I bought awhile ago. Took very little time to level, let the weight of the tool do the work. Bought a crowning file, everything went well and I'm very happy with my first fret job.

kenny m  springfield, nj
5 10-08-2013
Fret/Fingerboard Leveling Files

Excellent tool! no more sand paper and double-stick paper!

Martín  Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina Read my reviews (78)
4 6-18-2013
Worked okay

This tool worked okay, though it did seem to want to move a little at first. Perhaps the frets weren't close enough to flush at first. All in all, a little pricey for what it is, but worked just fine.

Andrew H.  South Carolina, USA Read my reviews (44)
4 6-14-2013
Wouldn't fret level with it..

Would not fret level with this since it is a bit to short in size and to aggressive.. Works great for beveling and removing those sharp fret ends that stick out from the edge on necks that shrink a bit...

T Jones  Chester, MT Read my reviews (39)
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