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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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4 6-18-2012
Fret dressing file

Great tool. I would have gave it 5 stars, but the price is a little high.

abilbay  Ft Worth, TX Read my reviews (12)
4 6-14-2012
For Those Details

The one thing I did do with my file before use was to highly polish the safe corners/surfaces on a belt sander equipped with a 3M abrasive nylon belt-just to make sure I would not get grooves in the binding edge. I have the other S-Mc tri-corner fret files and this fits into the routine just fine- I prepped those the same way before use. Price is right too.

J. E. Mike Tobey  Davenport, Iowa Read my reviews (9)
5 6-05-2012
Very Fine File

This thing works much quicker than you might think! My only concern is that in the picture it looks like they're trying to file with the "safe" edge!

Russ in Dallas  Dallas, TX Read my reviews (9)
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)
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