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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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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

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.

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Great service

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Great service

5.0

The Right Tool For The Job!

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I wish this file had been available years ago-it would have saved a lot of wear and tear on everything! Anybody who does this job, and who uses this tool just once, will never use the old "crap" again! 'nough said!!! DL

5.0

Excellent tool

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Verified Buyer


This file made quick work of a crowning job. Apply light pressure, smooth long strokes and clean off metal filings after a couple strokes.

5.0

Buy once cry once

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I tried with a machinist's file first and gave up pretty quickly. It was hard to do and really easy to screw up. It seemed like a little much to drop $100 for a file for an $80 ukulele kit but I sucked it up. It works like a charm and I got gorgeous frets in no time at all. I don't think you have to mask off the fretboard, either. I didn't and it seemed nearly impossible to damage it. Very glad I got it! I got the original z-shape, BTW.

5.0

Easist Fret Crowning Ever!

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Verified Buyer


I just used my new centered z-file for the first time. WOW! It did a perfect job quickly and without any mistakes. The only problem is now I feel like I should go back and re-fret all my other guitars!

5.0

Excellent Tool! Easy to use!

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It costs, but it just works! I am new to working on guitars, but I’m a FYI kind of guy, so I thought I would level the frets on a Squier Tele as my first project. After leveling with a sanding beam and the Stikit adhesive sandpaper from Stewmac, this file made quick work of recrowning the frets. I polished the frets with 1000 grit paper and then the set of micro-mesh sanding pads (also from Stewmac). It turned out great. The frets are super smooth and no more string buzz!

5.0

duZ a great job

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Verified Buyer


This file duZ exactly what the fine folks at StewMac say. This is my first crowning file and I'm very happy with the results.

5.0

Works good

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Verified Buyer


Works good for large frets that centering file couldn’t

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