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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 5-04-2011
Precision tool

Required to finish those ends off properly, has cut down fret dressing time per job, on my 2nd one in 3 years. Can be used upside down to prevent marking the fingerboard so definitely very useful for any fretter.

Julyan Wallis, Guitar Doctor UK  Cornwall, UK Read my reviews (45)
5 4-29-2011
very nice file

It does everything as promised. Luvly.

MoorMusic  Switzerland Read my reviews (44)
5 4-24-2011
Great little file

I have always used a three corner file for end dressing my recrowns. Little did I know what I was missing. This is the perfect little file for that task. The rounded over edge is genius.

K Moran  Northborough, MA Read my reviews (3)
5 4-22-2011
fret end problem solved

after i received your little device i found a number of guitars in shop where the fret ends were not finished at all, leaving razor sharp and dangerous edges. Using this device i solved the problem in no time for the shop, earned the cost back and prevented some young starters from being hurt. good stuff.

Bert van der Moer  Netherlands Read my reviews (3)
5 3-31-2011
The Perfect Tool

I have several old ukuleles--good ones--that have experienced neck shrinkage causing the fret ends to poke out and cut my fingers. This situation takes a lot of the fun out of playing. I contacted StewMac and they recommended the Fret End Dressing File. It arrived today!! I sat with my ukes and this oral thermometer-sized tool for less than 20 minutes....all better!! The Perfect Tool. Thanks, guys.

Uncle Don  Woodstock, Ct Read my reviews (4)
5 3-30-2011
Excellent file

A really super little tool.A must have for that truly great fret job. I highly recommend this for your basic kit

Anthony R  Oxford England Read my reviews (2)
5 3-30-2011
Very clever

If you do fretwork you must have this file, I had been using a flat miniature file for the ends and was really careful and it did a good job but this one does a great job fast.

Softlad  Ireland Read my reviews (5)
5 3-25-2011
fret end file

This is a great little tool. I found it eliminates the risk of scratches on the fretboard. I plan to use on all future guitars. Well worth the price.

Martin E  Kansas Read my reviews (2)
5 3-16-2011
Fantastic Little File

This is an extremely useful little file for dressing fret ends. I was worried about the fingerboard - but no need. The rounded edge on the file did no damage. In retrospect I'd have purchased the fret beveling file as well - starting with the proper 35 degree bevel would have been a lot easier. I'd recommend this little file to anyone.

Joemac  Anola, MB, CA Read my reviews (6)
4 3-12-2011
Great little file

This file is easy to use and does a fabulous job of dressing up frets that are either protruding from wood shrinkage or sharp like one may find on less expensive instruments. A must have!

G Mutt  Albuquerque
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