Fret Beveling File

Fret Beveling File

Fret Beveling File 3-3/4" length

3-3/4" length

Item # 3760
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$55.10

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Fret Beveling File 7-1/2" length

7-1/2" length

Item # 3775
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$74.37

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Fret Beveling File 3-3/4" replacement file

3-3/4" replacement file

Item # 3760-FILE
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$15.33

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Fret Beveling File 7-1/2" replacement file

7-1/2" replacement file

Item # 3775-FILE
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$22.26

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Fret Beveling File, Set of 2

Set of 2

Item # 3759
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Fret Beveling File

About This Item

Low-friction files for fret ends.
Sold individually or SAVE when you buy the set of both files.

The Fret Beveling File is the fast, accurate way to put a uniform 35° bevel on fret ends after installing new frets. With a quick, smooth motion, this file angles the fret ends and makes them ready for fret dressing and polishing. Available in either 3-3/4" or 7-1/2" filing lengths.

This 1-1/2" x 1-3/4" block (two lengths are available) holds a removable fine-tooth flat file at the proper 35° angle to bevel all the fret ends along the edge of the fingerboard. The block is made of low-friction material for smooth, easy filing. The 3-3/4" model is for short fingerboards (mandolins, for example), and for spot-filing partial refrets. It's also useful for working on used instruments with necks that aren't straight.

This product is made exclusively for Stewart-MacDonald by

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. 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 Beveling Files

Downloadable instructions for smoothing fret ends with Fret Beveling Files.

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1.0

Needs work before taking it anywhere near a guitar.

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My process is as follows- install frets, level frets, crown the frets, cut off fret overhang, level the fret ends, and then come in with the bevel file. If you even slip a little bit, you will damage the fret tops so much that you will have to level the frets again. I have used a grinder to smooth the unused parts of the file and now it is better, but for the price point, I feel that it should come like that out of the box.

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Hi Mitch,
Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. We're sorry to hear our Fret Beveling File didn't meet your expectations. We stand behind our return policy -- if you are not satisfied with a product, you may return it anytime for a refund or exchange. In the meantime, I've placed your suggestion with our product development team -- customer comments like yours have been the catalyst to many changes to our products. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-848-2273. We look forward to helping you with this.

Response from StewMac


Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. We're sorry to hear our Fret Beveling File didn't meet your expectations. We stand behind our return policy -- if you are not satisfied with a product, you may return it anytime for a refund or exchange. In the meantime, I've placed your suggestion with our product development team -- customer comments like yours have been the catalyst to many changes to our products. Please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-848-2273. We look forward to helping you with this.

3.0

Worked ok

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Verified Buyer


Was working on EVO frets, and it took a long time to make progress, so I put in a more aggressive file on, which worked better. That file was slightly fatter and tough to get in there. The original file was also tough to get out (and, yes, I remove the fastening screws completely)

Also wish the angle was steeper, as it takes away too much into the playing area of the fret.

While it may work perfect for most, for me I'll build my own with a steeper angle and a more aggressive file. That white material used is very nice and low friction, which is an advantage over building one from wood. Although, with sand paper and some oil should get close to this.

Also, my mistake, I slipped a few times and went right onto my newly leveled frets. But, could take care of that by taping the tops in the middle with a few layers of tape, so slipping did not do any damage other than damage the frets. Also has the benefit that shavings don't rest on the frets and cause damage when the tool runs over them.

To improve this tool:
(1) Maybe have two sides with different angles. Or even allow to adjust the angle to one's liking.
(2) Make it easier to swap files that differ in thickness.

5.0

How nice!!

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Verified Buyer


Very easy to use!
However, it is good to treat carefully so as not to hurt the fingerboard while you are not familiar.

4.0

Just be careful getting started with this tool

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Verified Buyer


This did a beautiful job of dressing the frets on an inexpensive guitar, in which that process had not been undertaken at all. I can't picture a tool that would have done a better job of it.

The primary problem I had with it was that it slides rather freely on the smooth surface of the frets, and I initially got a bit carried away and lost control, allowing the tool to ride up onto the fretboard, where it cut into several of the frets on their functional surface. Fortunately the damage was shallow enough that I was able to clean it up using a fine file and the fret eraser kit that StewMac sells, which I had purchased anyway to clean up the frets as part of the project. It was simply a bit frustrating and inconvenient to go through that extra work. I think I'd have been happier if the file extended a bit further from the bottom surface of the tool, so it would be less likely to ride up onto the frets like that, especially given that everyone who uses it will be using it for the first time on some instrument. That is a potentially catastrophic learning curve issue.

4.0

Great product

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Verified Buyer


This is a great tool and does exactly what you would expect. Caution tho, This tool can jump off the frets and score your newly installed frets. Be sure to have a good grip, apply downward pressure and Go Slow! My only other concern is small filings from the process seem to get imbedded in the material. It doesn’t seem to cause any scoring on the frets. I would suggest wiping the plastic material from time to time to minimize shavings build up.

5.0

Essential tool

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Verified Buyer


This is a wonderful tool that is easy to use.

5.0

Worked very well

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Verified Buyer


I thought about making one of these myself because of the cost,however after getting it realize the material the block is made out of glides very nicely across the frets makes the job much easier. Would like to see this tool at less cost!

5.0

Fret Beveling File

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Verified Buyer


I am a hobbyist, not a production shop, so I don't mind hand work that requires time and careful attention. However, this tool does such an excellent and consistent job in such a short period of time that I am delighted that I purchased one.

5.0

Essential tool.

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Verified Buyer


Item arrived as promised and packaged securely. Very satisfied with purchase.

5.0

Great Tool

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Verified Buyer


Been working on my CBG fret board. This tool made my frets look like it was professionally done.

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