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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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$108.24

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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*. 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.
*Excludes our original Fret Tang Nippers. We recommend our Deluxe Fret Tang Nippers for stainless-steel fretwire.



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Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

How to choose the perfect fret crowning file

With so many fret crowning files on the market how do you choose? Which one is the "best"? It depends on a lot of factors, how skilled are you at doing fret work, what's your budget, is this a hobby or are you doing repair work for money? In this Trade Secret Erick demonstrates each of the major types of files and shares tips that'll help you decide which file is right for you.

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5.0

The Pinnacle!

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Verified Buyer


The StewMac Z files! Expensive? When one combines the ease of the learning curve with the almost unimaginable quality of the results you can produce with one the price becomes nearly insignificant! Even if you already own multiple Fret files and are pleased with at least one of them I would still suggest you consider ordering a StewMac Z-file. You won't be disappointed! As for the file you currently use it will wind up stored in a drawer as a backup for the day your Z-File wears out, if indeed that day should ever come.

4.0

Z-file safe edge

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Verified Buyer


I have been using the triangular files for crowning until this. Crowning with the safe-edge Z-file seems too easy. My one wish is that it was available in a finer grit.

5.0

Probably the best tool I have ever purchased from Stewmac

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Verified Buyer


This file is just perfect. It works exactly as advertised. It leaves a tiny edge, untouched. What a wonderful precious tool! Foolproof!!!

5.0

Was hesitant by the price but I’m thrilled that I pulled the trigger!

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Verified Buyer


The high price of these files is what has kept me from buying one for so long.. I decided to give it a shot and I’m so happy that I did. You get what you pay for in terms of quality tools and this file well exceeded my expectations. It cuts very smoothly and leaves you with the perfect crowning. I’ve done 3 guitars since receiving this file in April, and will continue to do many more! I’ll be completing my set of these files soon! Not soon enough! Excellent job from the guys at StewMac.

5.0

Amazing crowning file.

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Verified Buyer


For years I thought this file was overpriced... then I used it. Perfect results every time. Money well spent! I can’t believe I let the price keep me from perfect fret crowning for so long.

5.0

Very precise and easy to use

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After leveling and marking the tops, it was very easy to crown the frets and leave a superthin strip at the top. Feels very safe and easy to use compared to a three corner file.

5.0

Easy for a beginner

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Verified Buyer


Bought the centered z file to setup a stewmac 335 kit. Never have crowned frets but with this file and the video was easy and done in about 20 minutes.

4.0

Great tool, bad ergonomics

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Verified Buyer


This tool is a must have for any shop or enthusiast, I just wish it fit in the hand better as I find myself dreading every fret past the 12th. By the end of the fretboard, my hand is stiff and hurting. I write this review with one fret left to crown on a strat neck; I'm not looking forward to picking up the file after setting down my phone.

5.0

A no brainer

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Verified Buyer


I have always used a three cornered file. You lock into the angle you want and trim the corners off those newly leveled frets. It took some time and practice to feel like I was in charge. In contrast, the Z file is like there is no need for skill, just wale away and polish. What a time saver! However, I still use the three cornered file for some fussy touch-ups.

5.0

Great file

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Verified Buyer


I bought this file and just used it on my second fret job.Very convenient and easy to use,leaving a nice even crown.I recently invested in several tools for fret work and I was amazed at how much easier my second re-fret went compared to the first.Although both necks turned out great,it was much easier on the second job using the right tools.

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