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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5.0

Best purchase in years

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Could crown the frets with my eyes closed.
Enough said!

5.0

By Far My Favorite StewMac Tool I've Purchased.

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This diamond coated StewMac Original Z-File for fret crowning is absolutely my favorite guitar tool that I have ever purchased. I'm an amateur "guitar tech," working on my own and friend's instruments. Arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome, primarily in my right hand, had stopped me from doing needed fret leveling and recrowning any more. I immediately saw the potential of this fret file when I first saw it. I agonized over paying the high price of this Z-file tool, and it IS a high price for a single file. I finally purchased the Original Z-file and used it on my own guitars, using only my healthy but uncoordinated left hand and the Z-file to carefully recrown leveled frets. I was able to slowly train my left hand by working on several guitars, to the point that I'm recrowning complete fretboards left-handed much faster and more accurately than good work I had done in the past with a traditional triangle file in my aching right hand. I love working on guitars and basses, second only to playing them, and my Original Z-file has allowed me to again do fret leveling and recrowning. The price of the file is steep for an amateur, but can see where it would pay for itself very easily in time saved for a guitar repair pro.

5.0

Simple to use

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Verified Buyer


Bought this to try out on a job leveling and crowning the frets on a cheap old Squier (that way if I messed it up no big loss). Used the fret leveling file also from stew Mac, and then went to work with this. This was my first time attempting something like this, and it was really simple. I can’t really compare it to other files or methods, but I was really comfortable that it wasn’t going to let me really screw things up with one slip. All in all, that portion of the job turned out very well (especially for a first go at this)

5.0

Excellent crowning file

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I received the centered Z file at lunch time today and was able to use it for a stainless refret and a fret level with nickel wire. Both were 47104 size wire. I have been using a mix of curved diamond crowning files, three corner and "can't saw" files for a long time. The 150 grit curved diamond files have been my go to for many years. They are fast and fairly accurate. Sometimes the triangle files come out as they are great for cutting precise areas of frets. Triangle fils are accurate but do not lend themselves to rapid work. The Z file seems to do a great job of combining the best features of all three types. The Z file is easy to handle, cuts fast and is very unlikely to come in contact with the fret crown or fret board. I think it is worth noting that you are not intended to make the fret conform to the shape of the file and end up with a triangle fret. The shape of the files allows great control of where you are cutting, much like a triangle file, but with the ease of handling of the curved diamond files. I was concerned with the file being straight rather than curved when working over the body; I am no longer concerned. I was not only able to work over the body a LP but did not need to flip the guitar to get the near side. Acoustic guitar will require flipping the guitar and working away from you for the frets over the body. I actually prefer the feel of this file to the curved file. That said; I would love to try this file with a nice Stanley 750 style handle. I am pretty sure I would pay an extra $25.00 to have a nice handle.

5.0

This is a perfect product.

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I own the centred Z file, and when I first used it I felty like I had stepped into an alternate dimension of productivity. It gets the job done perfectly, super quickly, and the only problem you're going to have is what to do with all this new found spare time, because it works so fast. It's small, light, easy to handle, and even though I have extremely large hands I don't feel fatigued when I'm manipulating it around corners to batch dress frets. In concert with the Stew Mac fret nippers, their fret end dressing files (to get those gorgeous hemispherical fret ends), and their fret levelling beam, you have everything you need to get your instruments frets to a pro level, and most importantly, to do it quickly. Simply run it along the crown of the fret a few times, and it's done, as well as blending the sides and the crown seamlessly.

5.0

Works as advertised

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Verified Buyer


Best fret dressing file available for a beginner like me. Perfectly crowns frets and doesn't damage the fret board.

5.0

A true innovation

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This is my new favorite tool here at Rocco Guitars . I’ve done hundreds of fret jobs and don’t know how I managed without one of these.

5.0

Wow

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Verified Buyer


This does the job quick! Worth every penny in time saved.

5.0

Perfect

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This file is exactly what I have been looking for - works like a charm!

5.0

Dope

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Makes fret work heckin quick

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