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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 6-01-2012
A great little tool

I had one of these several years ago and made the mistake of loaning it to a friend - oops. It is one of the must haves for an amateur who doesn't want to invest a lot of money in fretting tools. I have never found anything that works as well as it does.

Marty W  Salem, OR
5 6-01-2012

Very precise and strong file. It cuts through fret wire easily and the safe edges are excellent for protecting the board during delicate fretwork .

Little Crow  Atlanta, GA Read my reviews (29)
4 5-28-2012
You need this for fretwork

A nice little tool, works well. Methinks it would be better if it had industrial diamond cutting surfaces. That way it wouldn't clog up with metal like the file teeth do. And you could get back and forth action in tight places on the fretboard..... Right?

Mikaleno  Los Angeles, CA Read my reviews (5)
5 5-25-2012
Fret End Dressing File

This file works great and saves a lot of time smoothing out the fret ends. It make the playing experience much more enjoyable.

Roadstead Music  Yucaipa Read my reviews (2)
5 5-24-2012
Dressing File

Great for hand rolling fret ends. My MIM Strat feels almost as good as my US Strat.

Danno  USA Read my reviews (3)
5 5-21-2012
Very good

With the right technique with excellent results.

Rodrigo Gomes  Brazil Read my reviews (44)
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5 5-18-2012
Great file.

Excellent guitars play like dreams now.

Douglas Kratz  Malvern, Arkansas Read my reviews (7)
4 5-01-2012
Typical Stew Mac Excellent Quality

Perfect safety edge makes use worry free even when fretboard is unmasked. This tool will help you take your fretwork 2 the next level. In my book it's all about the details

DJAcoustics  Michigan Read my reviews (3)
5 4-29-2012
fret dressing file

Works exactly as promised!

guappo  oregon
5 4-18-2012
I love this file

Works great! I would still tape your fret board.

Good Vibrations  Seattle, Wa Read my reviews (8)
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