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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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$28.74

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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Medium, 8"

Medium, 8"

Item # 1602
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$30.28

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3-Corner Fret Dressing Files Large, 9"

Large, 9"

Item # 1603
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$46.80

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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, 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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5.0

Great Tools

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First time leveling and crowng my guitar and with the help of these files for crowning it turned out excellent and Im picky about the work on my guitar. I recomend all 3 because there will be uses for all of them

5.0

Great Crowning File!!!

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Verified Buyer


Very easy to use! Perfect size!

4.0

Easier to use than I expected

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I kind of felt like a moron for spending $30 on this when I already have a three corner file from the hardware store at home, but I thought “eh, at least this one has the points ground off”. So I bought it (medium). When it arrived I found the points were not really ground at all, like I now see so many other reviews saying. I felt suckered, and planned to return it. But, as luck would have it I couldn’t find my hardware store file and really wanted to start my crowning tonight. So, I gave the Stew Mac a shot. I used two pieces of 3M vinyl tape that I moved from fret to fret as a protector and the file never tore though them after 22 frets. So the sharp corners are at least dull enough to work with that. I wouldn’t try it without protection though. The crowning itself was a breeze. My first fret was a little awkward. By the third I got the motion down. But the 12th I felt like an ace. This file is so sharp and efficient. Just the right length in the handle to get a good balance, and just the right length in the sharp end to get a solid cut in each stoke without having to saw back and forth. I just angled it slightly more with each pass, alternating left and right, and in maybe one minute per fret I was on to the next one. If you go too severe with your angle increments to start you’ll feel it bite and tug too much. It was that tactile response that I really got the hang of by the 12th fret. I was banging out nice narrow dead-straight sharpie lines, and loving every minute of it. The frets are surprisingly smooth too. I expected them to be far more jagged after the file. We’ll see how it turns out after I polish them and string it up, but overall I can say this is a quality tool that does what it says. Can’t wait to do another fretboard with it.

The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is the lack of a smooth surface at the points as advertised.

4.0

It's better than I am

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It's a nice file and requires a skilled hand, which I thought I had, but this proved me a novice. I went back to my crowning file and saved this for fret-end finish work.

5.0

Real nice file

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Verified Buyer


I watch the video before purchasing and it was recommended if u only buy one to buy the second one and yes it was the right choice for my needs at this time. On my next purchase i will get the smallest one to add to my guitar tool box.

5.0

Yep - This is all you need!

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Verified Buyer


Installed nickle/copper frets tonight. After leveling, I crowned and dressed using this file. It was better than the other, many files I've tried. Why? Size. It isn't so small that you can't develop the downward pressure needed like other small files. Also, It is not bulky and clumsy. It's right in the middle and just right! Quickly developed a rhythm because of the non-marring edge, and finished the fret job in record time while resulting in very consistent results fret-to-fret.

5.0

Sharp, Precise, and Well Designed

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Verified Buyer


I have been using mechanics files for fret dressing for years. What a difference when I finally purchased the right tool for the job! My fretwork rose to a whole different level with virtually no risk of unintentional fingerboard damage. Thank you StewMac!

5.0

Great Crowning File

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Verified Buyer


This file is just the right size. It has fine grained teeth and works great for crowning those flattened files after leveling.

5.0

First time using this tool...

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Verified Buyer


... and I liked it!
Cut clean without being too aggressive, but wasted no time getting the job done. Good length and balance. Took a lot of the angst out of doing my first fret dress.

3.0

Check the edges before use.

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Verified Buyer


The edges on the 8" one I purchased were not completely smooth and could cut into a fret board if not used carefully. Fortunately, I also purchased fret board protectors at the same time so it was not a critical issue. Moving forward, the file edges will require a bit of work with a whetstone to properly smooth them.

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