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

Z-File

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Darn good working tool.

5.0

1st time crowning

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Verified Buyer


My 1st attempt at fret leveling, crowning and polishing. For the crowning, I already had a suitable triangular file but decided to invest in the Z-File also. Within a couple of minutes I forgot all about the triangular file and used the Z for the entire job. I was working extremely carefully of course. Even so, the crowning took a lot less time than I imagined it would. Next time I will use a magnifier to check the finish, because when polishing, it shows up any small flats that I couldn't see at the time. I will attend to those (very few) flats next time I change strings. Nevertheless I was very happy with the result. No more fret buzz. Guitar now gigable. See uploaded pic.

5.0

Fret Work Made Easy

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Verified Buyer


Bought this as an addition to my other various Fret filing, leveling & dressing tools. The Z-File is by far the nicest and smoothest to use. The Crown on each fret is far closer to being perfect than the half round files or radius files that I use constantly. Those files are course metal type and not diamond abrasive like the Z-File. A much smother feel for fret leveling.
A very sturdy and weighty file this is and that instills confidence in my work and ability to do the best job on the fret work as possible.
I would recommend to all.

5.0

Easier fretting

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Verified Buyer


I bought this file in order to increase the ease of fret dressing in a Ramirez 1A. It appears to be perfect for the task.

D. Scotton, Maine

5.0

Makes crowning even for non pros easier

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Verified Buyer


For an amateur luthier, this tool is a big help.

5.0

Original Z-File Review

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Verified Buyer


Works great! I've always had problems getting the right fret crown using the round fret files - not any more!

4.0

Luckily I bought the Original Z-File.

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Verified Buyer


I bought the Original Z-File. In my opinion, it's good to get an easy crowning. Less 1 star because it's too smooth grit like everyone feedback. For the expensive price that I paid I hope it last. Luckily I didn't buy the centre Z file whereby all reviewers give a bad review.
So Stewmac maybe you can make a rougher grit for a faster cut.

Those who about to buy 1 please consider the Original Z File profile.

5.0

Get the original instead of centered

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Verified Buyer


I orginally bought the centered tool and was not happy with it because It wasnt taking enough material off. I returned it and got the ‘original’ and I am very pleased with it. I think there is a design issue with the centered file.

4.0

Z-File: just trying it out

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Verified Buyer


Just bought my first Z-File (with safe edge). Works great on frets that have really been sanded and have a prominent flattop. Fast and efficient. I still use my other fretting file to round off the top and finish but the Z-File makes shorter work of it, that's for sure.

5.0

this file really does cut down the time it takes to crown

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Verified Buyer


much faster and more accurate than what i had been using stewmac diamond off set file. Had to be very careful with off set file not to hit the tops of leveled frets. this one left a nice thin line at the top of fret just like in the picture.very pleased

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