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

Works for me

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Verified Buyer


When I saw this file in the catalog I recognized that it would solve the problem of taking just a little more off the fret than necessary when re-crowning with more traditional crowning files. I have used it for several guitar builds and some re-working of worn frets. I like the way it works and enjoy the control of the process. I'm using stainless steel frets on my guitars and this tool is performing fine for me.

5.0

Love this thing

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Verified Buyer


I bought the centered file just to try it out see if it was really better. I use wide pyramid fret wire #0158 on just about all the guitars I work on. The centered Z file definitely help you keep the high point of the crown centered better than any other file I’ve tried. It cut pretty slow though and takes forever to get the perfect thin line you want. I have no clue how long it will last. I’ve done 9 guitars so far a few complete refrets and the rest just leveled and resurfaced and it’s still cutting great. I am gonna buy the safe edge Z file to try to help speed up the process of thinning out the crown. I have a feeling I’m going to own the complete set when it’s all said and done. Great tool guys, definitely worth the money to me.

5.0

Professional quality tools

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Verified Buyer


The way to make a job easier is to use the proper tools. These files are just that, the proper tools for a good job.

5.0

Stunned!

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Verified Buyer


I've had my G&L Legacy for 25 years and my 335 for 20 years. I've had the frets dressed on both guitars every 4-5 years. The results have been anywhere from disappointing to good. I wondered whether I could do a better job myself. I watched your videos and bought the slotted straightedge, the 8" sanding block (both instruments have a 12" radius) and Stikit, and the centered Z-file. The results on both instruments have far exceeded my expectations!! Both play like a dream. The notes are stunning - precision, sustain, clarity like I've never had before from either instrument.

Yeah, they're not cheap, but if you want peak performance from your guitars, they're worth it!

5.0

Easy to use

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Verified Buyer


I don't level guitars very often, but I got great results from this tool! The Safe Edge cuts pretty fast and I chose it over the original Z-file. It's just a little pricey.

3.0

Not ready for prime time

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Verified Buyer


Seems like a good idea, and it does make crowning to a very thin line easier.

It does, however, have the following issues:

1) As many have noted, it isn't aggressive enough and takes a LONG TIME compared to other files/methods. Best used in combination with another file, after the other file has done most of the work.

2) Lack of a curved handle means you are going to hit the guitar body with the handle if you try to file to the edge of most fretboards on the upper frets.

If they fix those issues, it could be a great tool.

3.0

Not for me

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Verified Buyer


I was searching for an improved fret crowning file, wich should replace my old hosco files. And make my jobs more precise. Man, i was wrong with the Z-file. (i have the centered version)

It takes 2-3 times more to recrown frets. If you don't want to file your fret to a triangular shape or sand a flat surface to next to the crown, you have to work with differrent angles. From edge to edge. But because of this it'll leave marks at the bottom side edge of the fret, wich you never get with a traditional fret file. Removing this scratchs is not easy without touching the crowned surface.

It's not efficient. I get really tired, when i use this file.
It causes me additional correction jobs, wich makes me feel, that i'm a beginner.
Wich i'm not.

After 5 complete fret jobs... i deceided to put the Z-file aside.

Oh, i wish i've bougth the traditional rounded diamond fret file.

Response from StewMac


Hi Mack Guitarworks,
Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. We're sorry our Centered Z-File didn't work for you as you expected. Remember, your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you would like to speak with our Customer Support Team about a refund or exchange for this product, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-848-2273. We look forward to helping you with this.

5.0

Works great

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Verified Buyer


I was having a problem with the Double-edge files rounding over the crown. This file seems to leave a fine line just as advertised.
Time saver!

5.0

Excellent craftsmanship

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Verified Buyer


Great file. Real pricey, but just get it. You'll enjoy it thoroughly.

4.0

Good, not quite great!

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Verified Buyer


I've been using this for about a month now. It's found a place in the workshop, but I don't think I can rely on it for everything.

Ideally, it would be tad wider as it's not practical to use on very wide jumbo frets. Second, it isn't quite as aggressive a cut as I'd like. If you've levelled a bad fret-job and have to re-crown every fret from flat, it takes an age. Third, if you're working over the body of the guitar, the handle gets in the way: I don't think it needs to be quite as long or wide. I guess one other solution would be to give the centered z-file an offset handle? Or have a curved file?

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