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Double-edge Fret File

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Our best-selling fret crowning file!
Precision-cut teeth for accurate fret shaping.

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Double-edge Fret File
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4490 Narrow/Medium Yes

4491 Medium/Wide Yes

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Each of our popular traditional 7-3/8" x 5/8" tool-steel files has two different 4" hollow-ground cutting edges, for recrowning a variety of fretwire sizes. These files were designed by luthiers for luthiers and are an economical way to get your fretting kit started. The handle is rubber-coated for comfort.

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Double-edge Fret File
Double-edge Fret File
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5 12-22-2010
Great for old divots.

We used this tool after the radius sanding block showed us where the highs and lows of the frets were. This file, while is not instantaneous, removed some bad divots and leveled the frets to a good position.

The neck we used was on an old blank that had been used on an old electric Hagstrom (fretted, of course,) and this is a great tool. I also highly recommend the Dan Erlewine Nut Making and Fretting and Advanced Fretting Videos.

James M. Powers  USA Read my reviews (5)
4 12-16-2010
Best selling for a reason.

Unless you go to diamond at much greater price, I cannot imagine a more effective file than this for removing fret material to a good profile.

KL  Christchurch, New Zealand Read my reviews (33)
5 11-15-2010
This is the right tool for this job.

There is only one way to get the frets rounded after you level them off.

Erick Hanson  Ontario, Canada Read my reviews (5)
5 10-26-2010
Double-edge Fret File Medium/Wide

Don't let the price scare you away because this file worth the money you are paying for it. The teeth are spaced very nicely together giving you a smooth cut unlike some other files. I like the handle very much it doesn't slip from my sweaty hands. Handle could be a tad longer but its no big issue

mike2036  Australia Read my reviews (5)
5 10-15-2010
Double-edge crowning file

Great file. Maybe the handle could be bigger and the corners of the file beneath the handle not so sharp. It's a little painful.

Edie  Koper, Slovenia Read my reviews (4)
4 10-04-2010
Nice tool

I have used a few fret files, This one cuts nicely, but not overly aggressive. Worth the price.

Mike1968  Washington, PA Read my reviews (2)
5 10-03-2010
Very good

OK. I bought the medium/wide file for my recent job, since i didn't want to spend money for fret dressing. The file works great. Only downside is that there is no mark for which side is which.

Aleksander  NJ, USA Read my reviews (4)
5 10-02-2010
4491 and 4490 Fret Files

The single most important tool that I have from Stewmac for fretted instrument work. This is the one - I tried the one with 3 interchangeable burrs and it does not compare. You must have this file to do fret work the right way.

ed dowling  sedona Read my reviews (6)
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5 8-20-2010

The files work well and create the proper radius. the right tool for the job.

love customs  Mississippi Delta Read my reviews (4)
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5 8-05-2010
Fret file

These fret files make life a lot eaiser when replacing a crown after leveling or fixing a flat fret. You can use 3000 grit and higher with them as well to polish frets for a "better than factory" look and feel.

Jason Roberts  Orient, Ohio
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