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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4.0

Luckily I bought the Original Z-File.

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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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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

5.0

Fantastic file

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Verified Buyer


I bought this to recrown frets on my son's Dean and ESP and it worked flawlessly.

4.0

Way better than 3 cornered file

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Until I purchased the original z file, I used the triangular file for fret crowning. I had pretty good luck with this method, but it was VERY tedious. I just crowned the frets on a 24 fret bass neck last night that I had previously leveled, with my new z file. I have to say, it wasn’t really much less tedious, but the results were way more accurate. Granted, these frets were extremely worn down, and my level job was pretty aggressive. Some of the other posters expressed that they wish the file was a bit more aggressive. I have to agree with that....it was a ton of work. Also, some posters expressed that an offset version would be helpful, especially with a guitar that you couldn’t readily remove the neck from. Makes sense to me. Also, I worked pretty hard with the fret erasers, and wasn’t real pleased at how well I could remove the marks that the file made...started with #180 eraser and worked up to #1000 eraser, then finished with #0000 steel wool. Probably worked harder with the erasers than the file. One thing that was really great was that the file cuts on the push and pull strokes. Also, when I used the triangular file, I was constantly flipping the neck to work it from both directions. No need for that with this file. Like others have expressed, I am worried about how many necks I can get out of this tool.

5.0

expensive but so easy to do professional job!

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Original Z-File:
expensive but so easy to do professional job! it's a must for fret job. just be careful, protect you fingerboard and you can't mess up what you're doing with a so specific tool.
Yes crowning can be done with other type of file, but in my case, the Z-file compensate for the lack of experience. It give me the confidence I need to go on and DO these kind of job.

3.0

Original Z file works, Centered is next to useless

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Originally purchased the centered z file as it seemed like the best of both worlds. Pretty much terrible. Extremely slow cutting. You have to aggressively saw at a newly leveled fret for 10-15 minutes, and what you end up with is a triangle shaped fret that then takes forever to round over. Used on several different necks, with several different fret sizes and materials. Decided it wasn't for me and exchanged for the original z file. So much better. only takes a few passes and you end up with a shape that is simple to round over. You dont need to go crazy and saw at it like the centered file to get results. Though i dont think it is as fool proof as the centered, as you will eventually knock the top off the fret if you keep at it. Anyway, i see almost no point to the centered file existing, maybe to put a fine point on an already almost perfect fret, but completely useless to shape a flat leveled fret. Stick with the original, or buy the 3 pack, but dont get the centered and expect to be able to use it after a leveling.

5.0

BUY. THIS. NOW. Seriously

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Verified Buyer


I've tried every format of crowning files, and after the first use of the Z-file, I got rid of all of the rest. It's perfect. It's easy. It's foolproof. absolutely nothing I would change about it. It has cut my crowning / filing time down to 1/3, and leaves the frets smooth enough that I don't have to spend an hour with the fret erasers and the dremel to get them to a mirror shine.

This is possible my favorite luthier tool purchase to date. Seriously, buy one right now.

5.0

Great purchase

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Verified Buyer


Easy to use,quality tool. My first real attempt at fret dressing.
I tried it on an old strat neck, that I wasn't current using and had good results. Now I'll use it on my main guitar.

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