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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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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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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

Excellent

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Verified Buyer


This file makes crowning frets absolutely dummy prof. Super accurate crown.

4.0

easy and fast

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Verified Buyer


I just received my Z-file and already I'm impressed. Not only does it shape the fret it makes all the frets equal in a manner that is almost impossible to do with a 3-corner file. A little expensive but looks to be a great value.

5.0

Excellent File

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Verified Buyer


This is a great file to own. It will save you a lot of time on fret jobs.

2.0

Centered Z file

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Verified Buyer


It doesn't create a round crown on wide jumbo frets unless you keep on filing till the sides get filed off and the fret is thin enough to reach deep in the groove of the file to form the shape of the concave of the file on to the fret.

1.0

Not for me

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Verified Buyer


So I've bought the original, but unfortunately, I'm underwhelmed.
1) It leaves the tops of the frets way too wide
2) It leaves the frets very stretched and you need to put a lot of work in polishing them
3) If you are really going at it, the frets get so hot they actually might burn you, not to say melt the glue
4) it is diamond coated so it will worn-off, it is something you want to consider while spending 100$
5) It is not a full-proof tool. You can scratch the top of the fret if you gonna tilt the file toward its less stepper angle too much
6) it is very expensive

That being said, for 100$ I don't think I can recommend it.

5.0

StewMac Z-File Fret Crowning File

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Verified Buyer


Perfect !!

5.0

Amazing!

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Verified Buyer


For starters when I looked into the z file it looked good but it took me two months to talk myself into buying this crowning file because it was TOO EXPENSIVE, but then I pulled the trigger and I can tell you buy it, this will make your crowning effortless. I have done 14 guitars so far and love it. I bought the original z file.

5.0

Z file

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Verified Buyer


Works as advertised saved me so much time wish I’d bought it sooner

5.0

The Z File

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Verified Buyer


The Z File is an excellent tool that does exactly what Stewmac says it will do. Depending on fret height, precise crowning can be achieved quickly and efficiently without masking the fret board.

5.0

Great service

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Verified Buyer


Great service

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