Fret End Dressing File

Fret End Dressing File

Fret End Dressing File

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Fret End Dressing File

About This Item

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.

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
This item is 1 of the 7 tools included in our Essential Fretting Tool Set, a compilation of tools you'll need for the fundamentals of fret work. The set also includes our book, Fret Work 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. 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.


Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Fixing fret ends that stick out in dry weather

This week, Erick Coleman answers a wintertime question: What to do about fret ends that stick out of the sides of the neck?

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Must Have.

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Nothing complicated here... If Sharp Fret ends (especially this time of Year ) visit Your Shop regularly, this is the Tool. I always keep 2 or 3 on hand.

5.0

Great product!!!!

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Exactly what I needed...and the shipping was very fair!!!!

5.0

Dresssing File

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It works really great and does a clean job.

5.0

A neccessary file for fret dressing

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This file enables you to round off the fret end corners nicely right at the fingerboard. The safety edge prevents digging into the fingerboard.

5.0

Fret End File

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This fret file dresses the ends of the frets great, and with no damage to the fret board.

5.0

Neat Tool

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Just the thing to finesse the right profile on fret ends.

5.0

Best file for this job

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Perfect size, balance and file faces to get this job done cleanly and quickly.

5.0

Fret end dressing file

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Work perfectly for the intended purpose. Very pleased.

5.0

Exactly as advertised

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I only need to touch up frets ends once in a blue moon (typically on someone else's instruments), so I've been skating along with a three-corner file for years. I happened to read the description of this file while placing another order and thought I'd give it a try, and it's exactly what it claims to be: great for fret ends. There's nothing wrong with a three-corner file for that sort of work, but this really is a purpose-built tool for the job, and it performs great.

5.0

A perfect fret end dressing file!

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I have been using one of these for years and bought this as a spare. Perfect for end dressing frets and also finishing off shaping bone nuts and saddles. A workshop must have!

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