3-Corner Fret Dressing Files

3-Corner Fret Dressing Files

3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Small, 7-3/8"

Small, 7-3/8"

Item # 1601
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$34.41CAD

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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Medium, 8"

Medium, 8"

Item # 1602
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$36.26CAD

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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Large, 9"

Large, 9"

Item # 1603
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$56.03CAD

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 3-Corner Fret Dressing Files, Set of 3

3-Corner Fret Dressing Files, Set of 3

Item # 1600
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List Price $126.71CAD
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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files

About This Item

Specially made for traditional fret crowning and shaping.

Smooth corners protect the fretboard.
These special files are for those who prefer a traditional method of fret crowning. Their smooth corners won't leave scratches in the fretboard, and they're great for shaping the ends of the frets.

The small fine-cut file has 3" x 1/8" tapered cutting surfaces, and the medium-cut file has 5" x 1/4" tapered surfaces. The large file is known as a cant saw file, and is a favorite of our fret expert Dan Erlewine and many other well-known luthiers. It has a versatile flattened-triangle shape, with a 4-5/8" x 1/2" and two 4-5/8" x 5/16" cutting surfaces. All files have comfortable rubber-coated handles.

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
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3.0

sharp corners

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the corners of the file were sharp ang gritty when i've recieved it, and cut into the fingerboard.
rounded edges would be a great imprivement

5.0

The best file for fret crowning, PERIOD

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Verified Buyer


I purchased an entire set of tools from Amazon when I first decided to get into doing fretwork. While I saved a lot of money, it was a huge waste. I purchased two sets of jewelry files from Amazon to do fret crowning and butchered the job. They were nowhere near the quality needed for real, professional work. So my wife purchased a gift card for Stew Mac, knowing that I love the youtube channel, for my birthday. I decided to go ahead and try out the medium 3 corner fret file since it seemed like the most straight forward, versatile file sold. I was correct. The quality of this file is amazing. The quality is on a higher level than the cheap chinese trash I had purchased prior. I cannot recommend this enough. I will be purchasing MANY more products from Stew Mac. I can't stress it enough, DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON CHEAPER ALTERNATIVES - it's NOT worth it. Sure, I spent over 30 dollars on a single file, but I will NEVER need another one after that.

5.0

Great

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I'll probably buy the small and large, but the medium is really nice.

5.0

Worked Great

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Verified Buyer


The medium 8" worked great to crown some frets after leveling. No fret board damage (was taped). It is not safe to use on fret ends unless you have a skilled hand, but the flat one they sell with the rounded edge does!

5.0

Excellent files for a careful hand.

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Verified Buyer


These files are exactly as advertised. A solid tool when used by a careful hand.

4.0

Mostly good

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Verified Buyer


I bought this as part of my first real work on fret dressing. For the most part, it does a great job although I get a bit of fretboard scratching from the file edges when I tried it without fretboard protection. When I used the metal fret guard it also scratched that. All in all a very good tool, but it does take a bit of experience to master.

4.0

Decent File, but...

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Verified Buyer


I purchased the 8" version of this file. It works OK for forming the frets. If you have the money I'd spend it on the Z-file that forms both sides of the fret at the same time and at different angles. Along with the fret end dressing file. That is about all you need to maintain your own instruments.

5.0

3-Corner Fret Dressing File

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A very well-made tool! If you're like me, and your hand skills are not the greatest, I would suggest that you either mask the fretboard on both sides of the fret, or use the StewMac fingerboard guards (I've not tried these). Although each corner of the file is nicely smoothed, the edge of the file teeth can still score the fretboard as you tip/rotate it to crown the frets.

4.0

Decent File

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Verified Buyer


I got the medium to practice with. I have been using the double edge files and wanted to try these out.
They are VERY aggressive so you have to be careful not to slip over the top. It must take alot of practice because Im getting bad chatter marks.
Good file to have tho.

5.0

Medium size

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Just crowned the frets on my Tele with the medium size file and the file is so smooth it almost makes the process intuitive. This makes for some very relaxing work.

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