StewMac Z-File Fret Crowning Files

StewMac Z-File Fret Crowning Files

StewMac Z-File Fret Crowning Files Original Z-File

Original Z-File

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StewMac Z-File Fret Crowning Files Centered Z-File

Centered Z-File

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StewMac Z-File Fret Crowning Files Safe Edge Z-File

Safe Edge Z-File

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StewMac Z-File Fret Crowning Files, Set of 3

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StewMac Z-File Fret Crowning Files

About This Item

Next generation fret files
A whole new idea for crowning frets. Z-Files™ won't mess up your carefully-leveled fret tops because they only touch the sides of the frets.

Won't cause string buzz
After you've leveled the frets for uniform height, your crowning file restores their rounded shape, leaving the thinnest possible line of leveled surface on top. This is when other crowning files can accidentally scrape the fret top, creating a buzzing low spot.

Z-Files don't have this problem—because they don't touch the top of the fret.

    Z-File features:
  • Fast cutting 300-grit diamond abrasive
  • Unique angled cutting edges work the sides, not the tops

Three versions for any working style:

Original Z-File
Two diamond edges speed the work, shaping both sides of the fret at once. Offset angles shape the fret higher on one side while the other side works lower. Use one side of the file, then flip it to the other side.

Safe Edge Z-File
Offset shape like the Original, but with a smooth, non-cutting safe edge to ride on the fret, guiding your strokes as you cut just one side of the fret.

Centered Z-File
Two diamond edges in a centered V-shape cut both sides of the fret at the same angle. Simple to use and fast working.

Sold individually or SAVE when you buy the set of 3 files.

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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With so many fret crowning files on the market how do you choose? Which one is the "best"? It depends on a lot of factors, how skilled are you at doing fret work, what's your budget, is this a hobby or are you doing repair work for money? In this Trade Secret Erick demonstrates each of the major types of files and shares tips that'll help you decide which file is right for you.

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5.0

Expensive....but worth every penny!!

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I decided to order an original Z file on impulse after ruining a crown on my nice level frets by going a tad too deep with my old grizzly style crowning file. The two days I waited for it to arrive I was questioning my sanity for spending 90 bucks on a file. After the first fret I am sold. This thing is fast fast fast and leaves perfectly thin perfectly centered crowns with badically no effort. I do less than 10 fret jobs a year on average so if you do a lot of fretwork this is absolutely worth it. It's a real timesaver.

5.0

Z file (original) for fret crowning

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Stew Mac makes some fine tools as we know, but for my money this is THE tool that will make your guitar play like a custom shop axe. Nothing is more inspiring to a player than to hold a guitar that has buttery smooth fret action with no fret buzzes. Yes, the frets need to be leveled first (they make great tools for that task too), but after that treat yourself to this tool and crown your frets. The tool is easy to use and fool proof by its well thought out design. Crowning your frets makes for optimum intonation and low friction with the strings when you bend a note. You don’t need to buy a custom shop ax to have a thoroughly satisfying playing experience.

5.0

new fret file

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great new files that makes it easier to crown the frets without affecting your leveling job.

5.0

Safe-Edge Z-File - Surprisingly Easy

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Started out crowning leveled frets with a safe-edge 3-corner file. Too easy to slip over the top for my old hands. Ordered the Safe-Edge Z-file. Figured it would be the most similar to using a 3-corner file. Assumption was correct. It is very similar to using a 3-corner file...but easier to control.

Diamond grit cuts much easier and with far less chatter. Still have to manipulate the file, of course, to round-over the frets and avoid a faceted shape. But, it is very easy to create a razor-thin line down the center of the fret. The safe edge provides a good guide while the diamond side is cutting. Helps keep the line nice and straight.

I typically run a few passes on each side of the fret with the file vertical to get the line started. Then, I tilt the file toward the diamond-coated side, start on that angle, and file back-and-forth while rolling the rile slowly back to the vertical...and maybe just a touch past. This seems to do a pretty good job of blending the original contour of the fret with the newly cut sections. Then, I work the line down, and occasionally tilt over to re-blend the contour.

Unless you file way too far down, or tilt the file too far over the top of the fret, it is very difficult to obliterate the top of the fret (but not totally impossible). Also, if you do slip off, the safe edges generally protect the top of the fret. Just re-ink and keep going.

I believe the double-sided Z-file would be faster, but I like the control afforded by the safe-edge version. Will probably add the other one later on. But, right now, I am doing very well with the safe-edge one. Have done 3 22-fret necks so far, and it just seems to keep getting easier with each one.

Highly recommended. Give one a try.

And, of course, Stew Mac will take care of any issues you might have.

4.0

Worked great but...different

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Verified Buyer


Using the Z file is more like sawing at the fret rather than finessing it like you would with a traditional file. You sorta have to press hard to get it to really cut to a thin line on top of fret. It works - makes the job almost too easy and almost foolproof. But you don’t have as much fine control as a traditional file. Seems to leave the fret top a bit wider than I would like but everything came out ok after I removed file marks with 800/1500/2000 then metal polish. Not sure what to think. It did the job, did it quickly but wish you could get a bit more feedback & control when using it. Used the Original Z file on my CS Strat with Medium Jumbo wire. Price is high and I hope it lasts. Almost feels like it isn’t cutting at times and you have to press harder to get the fret sides to reduce to a crown shape.

5.0

Excellent

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Verified Buyer


What an amazing file! Accurate and fast!

5.0

Z File edge

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I bought this for my fret jobs and I satisfied.
Hope to see the new version with a bit longer in length and rounded edges.
Accidently scratched the fretboard on my first try.

5.0

Best crowning tool I've used.

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I use both the Centered File and the Safe Edge File together. I start with the centered file to bring in the lower sides of the fret, then I switch to the safe edge file to bring the tops in at a shallower angle - alternating between sides with each stroke. I can get the Sharpie mark on the fret top to a hair-thin line very easily and quickly, and I've never had such precise results with any other tool.

I know they're expensive, but using the two files together works brilliantly for me. If you can only get one, I recommend the Safe Edge File. That's the one that brings the crown to such a precise edge, and if I had to use just one, that's the one I'd keep.

5.0

Great tool, quick learning curve, works great!

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Verified Buyer


I have several files for working on frets, the Z-file is excellent! I used it on a couple of frets on a junk guitar neck I had laying around to get the feel and after doing only couple on the junker I was ready to rock n roll! I have used it on two guitars so far and simply works great!

5.0

Fantastic!!!

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Verified Buyer


Better than all I've used before!! Gb g

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