Offset Diamond Fret File

Offset Diamond Fret File

Offset Diamond Fret File 150-grit

150-grit

Item # 5053
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$128.15

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Offset Diamond Fret File 300-grit

300-grit

Item # 5054
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$128.15

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Offset Diamond Fret File, Set of 2

Set of 2

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Offset Diamond Fret File

About This Item

Dual-edge and better clearance over the body! This well-balanced steel fret file is offset, for more comfortable fret dressing and improved clearance at higher frets.

Both full-length concave filing grooves (one for narrow/medium fretwire, and one for medium/wide wire), are uniformly coated with micro industrial-diamond particles. 8-1/2" x 1" x 5/32". Available in either 150-grit or 300-grit.

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

Diamond fret files are the best way to recrown your frets! Unlike traditional fret files, diamond files cut in both directions, they don't chatter or leave chatter marks, and the fret is smoother after crowning. These files are being used by repair shops and major manufacturers all around the world.

Our diamond fret files have concave cutting edges, one for medium and one for wide fretwire. Each edge is electro-coated with micro industrial diamonds. These super-tough abrasive surfaces round the frets more smoothly than standard toothed files, for cleaner filing without chatter marks. Because the diamond particles cut on the forward and backward strokes, you get better control over your work and the job goes much faster.

What grit do I need? If you're just starting out in fretting, we recommend the 300-grit files, as they don't remove too much material too soon — a mistake that many beginning fretters make. Even a professional will find the 300-grit file allows them to quickly get the fret properly crowned after only a few strokes.

Use the 150-grit when you need to mill-off lots of material in a hurry.

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 a beginner

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Verified Buyer


I have no idea what I am doing yet, so I decided to try to compensate for my lack of experience by buying the best tools. So I bought the 3oo grit style.

When I read people suggesting it was difficult to distinguish which side was was for which size of frets I wondered if I could figure it out as a neophyte and thought about a z-file, but went for this one anyway.

I haven't used it yet, but I wanted to mention that the file is now marked to indicate which side is used for the two fret sizes. Suitable uses: Crowning for Dummies (like me). ;-)

4.0

Crowning file

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Verified Buyer


Great tool, easier to control than the Z file. However as a beginner, I just wish that there were better videos and instructions of how the use it.

1.0

takes way to much off the top...

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Verified Buyer


takes way to much off the top, i only use jumbo wire & when i mark them for crowning the tops are getting filed as well. i have both grits & im not a fan at all...i wasted 240.00 bucks..zfile is way better!
stay away

Response from StewMac


Hi Mark,
Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. We're very sorry to hear that our Offset Diamond Fret Files didn't work for you as you expected. Quality and 100% Total Satisfaction is our goal every day. If a product fails to work as intended in your shop, we'll take back the product and replace it or refund you. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273. We look forward to helping you with this.

5.0

Well Worth The Cost

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Verified Buyer


My tool chest is full of crowning files I have tried over the years. Some are good but I was never totally happy with the speed, comfort, or ease of use of any of them. I bought the 150 grit version of this file. While not the most comfortable grip I have used, it is very fast and leaves a nice finish that is easy to polish. The curved ends allow for working on the upper frets of an acoustic without busting your knuckles. I have used this on both nickel and stainless frets with great results.

5.0

Cut my time in half

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Verified Buyer


I have been using a traditional hollow ground crowing file that works fine with a little chatter if your not careful. I was hesitant to spend the extra money on this file. After reading the reveiws I made the purchase. I took the advise of one of the reviews and purchased the 150 grit. this file cut my time in half I went from the diamond file to the sanding stick from there 0000 or what ever finish you re looking for. This file is smooth and removes material fast. I wish I would have purcashed this sooner.

5.0

Pleasantly surprised!

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Verified Buyer


I've always known having the right tools for any job always makes it easier and with greater precision. Prior to tackling my first fret dress on a $30 pawn shop rescue I chose to order these files. Everything went exactly as planned and the job turned out very, very nice. I found these files to be comfortable to use and removed material exactly as described. I look forward to reaching for them anytime I see a fret that could use a little attention.

5.0

Excellent As Always!

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Verified Buyer


Stew-Mac Tools have yet to let me down. These are a MUST HAVE to increasing your production when doing fret work.

5.0

Just awesome

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Verified Buyer


I put this purchase off forever, but immediately regretting not buying these sooner. Hands down the best fret files in my shop. I use them for crowning, ends, and general fret clean up. No chatter, and I doubt they'll ever need replaced. These are now my go-to files.

5.0

Does Stainless Nicely

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Verified Buyer


As long as you don't let heat build up (go slow, work 4 frets at a time) This file can handle SS wire with ease. I recommend the 150 Grit for SS work.

5.0

I've never liked anouther crowning file.

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Verified Buyer


The 150 is what you need for jumbo frets. 300 for narrow frets.

I've never liked any other file for crowning frets.

I use it so much, I made a little handle for it.

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