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

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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5.0

Great for the do it yourselfers or professional

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These files are awesome, bought all three, they cut very fast..

5.0

fret files

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Very well made

5.0

Great addition

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The safety edge prevents taking off the fret crown once the frets have been filed along the long axis of the fingerboard. Alows you to shape the cross section of the fret.

5.0

Great Shortcut Tool!

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I'm just starting to learn luthiery, and fretwork is the most daunting aspect. This tool gives me some confidence that I wont ruin a leveling job and it is definitely quicker. I just need to get better at leveling. ;)

4.0

A little slow for me

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The centered Z-file seems a little slow on badly worn big (Dunlop 6100) frets, I used the trusty old triangle cant saw file first to speed things up. I'm guessing it would work great on narrower frets. I also much prefer some sort of offset handle.

5.0

Fret crowning file

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Verified Buyer


This file worked really good for banjos.

5.0

Great tool

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Verified Buyer


This file is very easy to use. It does a great job and is idiot proof.

5.0

This is fantastic!

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Although I did not understand the meaning of this form at first, I was surprised when I tried it.
This "Z-file" can be processed very beautifully by using a file on both sides.
The fret of the photo is StewMac's # 152.

5.0

Awesome results!

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Verified Buyer


Sure it's expensive, but after one L&C, I'm convinced it's one of be my best tool purchases ever. It was always a struggle for me to get good even results from a cant saw file, 3 corner file or concave toothed file. They always left long deep scratches which took forever to polish out. With my eyesight, it was a chore for me to get the sides even with a narrow flat centered top surface. My concave files (Hosco) trapped filings and gouged deeper, and too often shaved the top requiring re leveling. Then I bought the Original Z File, and this tool solved ALL of those problems. I'm able to get fast excellent results, with a nice narrow centered top. Way better results than I've ever been able to accomplish before, regardless of fret wire size, and so much faster. Polishing is way faster too, since the scratches are fine and much more uniform.

5.0

This Works!

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Verified Buyer


Being fairly new to fret work, I've struggled with crowning newly leveled frets. I was surprised at the speed and accuracy I could accomplish with is file. When completed each crown looked almost exactly like pictured on the website.

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