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

Fantastic!!!

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Better than all I've used before!! Gb g

5.0

a quality addition to the tool kit

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Verified Buyer


Some of Stew Mac's tools are questionable in their utility for a professional shop, but this one speeds up recrowning, and does an excellent job. One of the best new tools in my tool box. For most jobs I use the double sided offset file, but for really large fret wire I do like the centered file.

5.0

Centered Z-File

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First time doing any fretwork I decided to try and do a full dress on the frets of a few guitars I have. After watching just about every StewMac video, (not just the ones on frets) I built up enough confidence to build my own fretting "kit". The very first level/crown I did was a complete success thanks to this amazing file. About 10 frets in I felt like I had the technique down. I'm sure I'll try the other Z-Files but for now the Centered Z-File will be getting me through!

4.0

Centered Z-file Fret Crowning Files

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Makes crowning a no-brainer when crowning frets. I did however use a triple file to my advantage - cheaper in the long run.

5.0

Fret Crowning Made Simple

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Verified Buyer


I waited a long time to buy this file. My fret jobs became more frequent and I started to dread doing them. This file allows me to do a fret crowning in 1/4 the time with a better result.

5.0

Excellent tool

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Verified Buyer


Well worth the cost. Great for not so great fret jobs on vintage guitars. Great for new fret jobs too.

4.0

Definitely a file worth having.

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Verified Buyer


If you do fret work it is a quality easy to use file.

5.0

Well worth the price !!

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Verified Buyer


I'd been using other files to do the job and it took awhile switching back and forth but this simplified the job and saved me a lot of time and effort. It works great....clean cuts, not dangerous to the fingerboard and with a genuine time savings. I will most likely get the others as well to complete the set. Very impressed with it....not cheap but well worth it.

5.0

Awesome tool

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Verified Buyer


I hear people complain about the price of this file, but for me, it's worth every penny. I had to level and recrown one of my PRS guitars, and this did an awesome job on the crowning. I've tried other crowning files, and the 3 corner file method and they take more time. The Z file does a great job and does it very quickly. The diamond grit doesn't leave deep scratches, so polishing the frets also takes less time. By design, the Z file leaves that thin flat line on the top of the fret without going too deep.

4.0

Did the job fine

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Verified Buyer


Just WAY too expensive. Nice that I didn't really need to lay down protective tape (did anyway), and that I can just flip the file over to file the other side of the fret. I didn't have problems with slow cutting as some other reviewers did.

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