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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files

3-Corner Fret Dressing Files

3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Small, 7-3/8"

Small, 7-3/8"

Item # 1601
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$30.18

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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Medium, 8"

Medium, 8"

Item # 1602
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$31.79

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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Large, 9"

Large, 9"

Item # 1603
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$49.14

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 3-Corner Fret Dressing Files, Set of 3

3-Corner Fret Dressing Files, Set of 3

Item # 1600
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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files

About This Item

Specially made for traditional fret crowning and shaping.

Smooth corners protect the fretboard.
These special files are for those who prefer a traditional method of fret crowning. Their smooth corners won't leave scratches in the fretboard, and they're great for shaping the ends of the frets.

The small fine-cut file has 3" x 1/8" tapered cutting surfaces, and the medium-cut file has 5" x 1/4" tapered surfaces. The large file is known as a cant saw file, and is a favorite of our fret expert Dan Erlewine and many other well-known luthiers. It has a versatile flattened-triangle shape, with a 4-5/8" x 1/2" and two 4-5/8" x 5/16" cutting surfaces. All files have comfortable rubber-coated handles.

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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5.0

Awesome File

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Like others who reviewed these file I have been procrastinating buying one I have tried a lot of different crowning files “none from Stew Mac”most of them were junk**. I bought the Stew Mac 8” 3-corner file This file is AMAZING Well worth the investment. I have spent at least 1k in tools from Stew Mac in the past few years & almost everything I buy has been Great.

5.0

This is a really good file.

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It may seem simple. Its a file. But I can't tell you how much money I wasted in search of a fret crowning tool. Hundreds. I should have just gotten these right away. There is no substitute for the RIGHT tool. I have piles of so called fret guru's and special files. This file does it right. Every time. Do not waste money on a 3$ file. These aren't expensive for the use you will get out of them. I found the medium file can do just about any fret. I do however see the need to get the other 2 as well. For mega jumbo you may need the bigger one. It is not hard to get professional results with this. Worth every penny to have the proper gear to do the job. Excellent

5.0

Great File for a novice .

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I have used a file like this a few times with great results and it's time to have one of my own . I have used it on a couple of frets and I look forward to use it for years .

5.0

Great tool

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Bought medium file for addressing a few high frets. Worked great for a first time user.

5.0

Best Fret Dressing File I've Ever used

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I don't know how I made it this far without hearing of this file (the largest model with the flattened triangular cross-section). I've dressed at least a hundred fretboards at this point and I've always used my normal 6" file from the local hardware store to dress and profile frets. Equilateral triangle cross-section, normal thing. I tried smoothing the corners but as most files are designed to be harder than most substances one might try to file with them, I didn't have much luck. I've tried to save money any way I can with tools owing to the fact that they are just so expensive. Spreading purchases out over time lessens the impact and I have slowly tried some of the ones that I felt were out of reach at first. As I usually always tape off a board before a fret job anyway my old file seemed adequate. I became interested in the 9" cant saw file after reading about it and seeing some videos. I just got it in from the mail a couple of weeks ago and it blows any fret file I've used out of the water. I especially recommend this file for people who are just starting out. There is a certain learned finesse required for using a equal sided, small triangle file that really isn't necessary with this one. Just hold it firmly and follow the radius and it takes the margin of error way down. As with any tool, there will be situations where it doesn't work but for anyone pondering the purchase of a fret file I highly recommend this one.

5.0

Perfect tool

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Does job it was intended for and does it very well

5.0

Just the tool for winter fret spout.

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After viewing videos to remedy fret spout this seemed like the perfect file to tend to the problem. And the Stewmac confirmed that it was indeed the right choice. It was aggressive and small enough to the job with ease and care. It is well and thoughtfully designed, shipped and received fast. Problem solved. Thanks.

5.0

Perfect for the job

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very easy to use, makes the job almost painless

5.0

Fret Dressing File

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It did exactly what it was designed for. Very please with the result !

5.0

Beats my old cant files

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I had a cant file that I ground safe but I wasn't happy with the cut of it...I'd been using it forever and it never made me happy. I picked this up on an order and figured, why not? Buy it once and buy it right.

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