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Fret End Dressing File

Fret End Dressing File

Fret End Dressing File

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Fret End Dressing File

About This Item

The first thing a player feels is the fret ends, so always shape them with this file. Smooth, non-marring edges glide on the fingerboard while the fine-toothed sides deburr and round the fret.

For rounding, shaping and deburring.
This specialized file dresses the ends of the frets after they've been installed, trimmed flush and beveled.

One thin edge is ground "safe" to help protect the fretboard, and the other rounded over. This file cuts only where it needs to: on both sharp corners of the unground thin edge, and on both of the wider toothed cutting surfaces.

The cutting surfaces smooth the fret end bevel, and the sharp corners nip off the sharp burrs at the edge of the fret bevel where it meets the edge of the neck. With the safe edge facing down, the cutting surfaces of this little file do a good job of rounding over and shaping the fret ends.

File dimensions are .062" x .125" x 6", with 3" cutting surfaces.

Essential for Fretting
This item is 1 of the 7 tools included in our Essential Fretting Tool Set, a compilation of tools you'll need for the fundamentals of fret work. The set also includes our book, Fret Work Step-By-Step by Erick Coleman with Dan Erlewine.

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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Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Fixing fret ends that stick out in dry weather

This week, Erick Coleman answers a wintertime question: What to do about fret ends that stick out of the sides of the neck?

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Fret File

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Verified Buyer


Nice tool. Used it already and like all the other Products I have purchased from Stewart-MacDonald, great tools. Hope to purchase more great tools.

5.0

Great but how about a diamond version?

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I go through a few of these a year but they are great for dressing fret ends and rolling fretboards too. I just wish they made these in diamond. Also, watch out for the square side - you may have to polish it a bit to make sure it doesn't scratch the board. I always polish mine on a stone or belt sander before I put it into every day use. It's a good tool.

5.0

Great file

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Verified Buyer


I picked this up as a cheap and simple way to handle fret sprout on my lower-end basses.

Works well if care is taken.

I also picked up some low tack tape and some micro-mesh touch-up sticks. Wound up not using the tape much since it's a pain but I did use the touch-up sticks for the quick cleanup of the fret tops and sides.

Great little file.

5.0

Fret end file

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Verified Buyer


Perfect! I had two frets sticking out, fixed them in a half hour.

5.0

Tools

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One of many necessary Tools That you guys produce.
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4.0

You need to mask the fretboard

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Verified Buyer


It is a good file, but it will scratch your fretboard. Even with the round edge, it is very easy to scratch the fretboard. You need to use some fretboard protection.

5.0

Great file

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Verified Buyer


This is a great file and has come into good use. The only downfall is the shipping. Stew-Mac needs to work on cheaper ways to ship things. I got this simple small file that could have been shipped in a bubble envelope in a great big box.

But once again great product!

5.0

Perfect tool for the job

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Verified Buyer


The fret dressing file, does what it’s supposed to do easily, efficiently, with excellent results.

5.0

Works Great

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Verified Buyer


This file made short work on some fret sharp fret ends.

5.0

Fret End Dressing File

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Verified Buyer


This file is great ! with the smooth edge on it , leaves no marks on the fingerboard !

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