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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*. 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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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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4.0

Worked well, use carefully

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It was my first time doing fret work. I used this to file down the sharp fret ends on my bass.

It takes some getting used to, and even with the round edge down you can score the fretboard if you aren't careful. The scoring isn't super noticeable except for up close. I would practice first before using on a favorite guitar.

5.0

Just right !

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I bought this file to remove fret sprout . I watched the video and went to work . Smooth as silk now !

5.0

Fret End Dressing: Smooth and perfect

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Works fine, solid build and hold, exactly what you need/want for those sharp fret ends.

5.0

My one go to tool

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Verified Buyer


If I was stuck in a cave the desert and could only have one tool, this would be it! It’s fantastic for eliminating those sharp fret ends. Of course if I’m in the desert I would have sharp fret ends, therefore proving my hypothesis for choosing this particular tool.

5.0

File it under awesome

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Great file, made cleaning up my kit guitar fret ends a breeze

5.0

Excellent tool

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Great tool, easy to work!!

5.0

Very nice! Just right for these messy frets on the Strat Neck

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Verified Buyer


The right tool fo the job

5.0

Fret End Dressing File

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Verified Buyer


Excellent little file! Was able to smooth out all of the nasty fret ends on an old Carvin kit bass off of Ebay. Easy job and you don't have to be an expert. Just watch Dan's video!

5.0

Yyyyaaaayyyyyy

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Verified Buyer


Less fret sprout!! Now to find the fret end sander.

5.0

Needed for repairs

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Verified Buyer


This file was necessary to repair frets on several instruments. I would buy it again.

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