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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 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)
5 3-27-2012
Great Tool

Does as it should - don't have to mask off fret board if I'm careful enough.

Joecool  Byfield, MA Read my reviews (5)
5 3-19-2012
Nice little file

Just the right size and configuration for dressing fret ends. Very fine cut, but nice and sharp, and it's good and rigid for better control. Well worth the money.

Cenulab  MA Read my reviews (5)
5 3-18-2012
Does the Job

I needed to get a new one so I went looking around and StewMac had it cheaper and its a bit better than my old one

J.A. Smith Guitars  Grand Island, NE USA Read my reviews (4)
5 3-17-2012
Great little fret file

This fret file is a must have for all who want to save time. I use a magnifying glass so I can see what I'm doing. The smooth side or (safe edge)prevents leaving any marks on the fret board.

Jack's Workshop  Farmers Branch,Texas Read my reviews (2)
4 3-09-2012
Just good

I've only used it once and it worked great.

Kirk W.  Punxsutawney, PA Read my reviews (11)
5 2-29-2012
Great file, but...

These things work great, make life easier, and I consider them indispensable any more. The only thing I'd change is to make the abrasive a diamond dust rather than just the steel.

Cagey  Clinton Twp., MI Read my reviews (4)
5 2-26-2012
Fret End Dressing File

An absolutely must have!

Peem  BKK,Thailand Read my reviews (4)
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