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Offset Diamond Fret File

Offset Diamond Fret File

Offset Diamond Fret File 150-grit

150-grit

Item # 5053
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$141.29

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Offset Diamond Fret File 300-grit

300-grit

Item # 5054
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Offset Diamond Fret File, Set of 2

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Offset Diamond Fret File

About This Item

Dual-edge and better clearance over the body! This well-balanced steel fret file is offset, for more comfortable fret dressing and improved clearance at higher frets.

Both full-length concave filing grooves (one for narrow/medium fretwire, and one for medium/wide wire), are uniformly coated with micro industrial-diamond particles. 8-1/2" x 1" x 5/32". Available in either 150-grit or 300-grit.

Sold individually or SAVE when you buy the set of both files.

Diamond fret files are the best way to recrown your frets! Unlike traditional fret files, diamond files cut in both directions, they don't chatter or leave chatter marks, and the fret is smoother after crowning. These files are being used by repair shops and major manufacturers all around the world.

Our diamond fret files have concave cutting edges, one for medium and one for wide fretwire. Each edge is electro-coated with micro industrial diamonds. These super-tough abrasive surfaces round the frets more smoothly than standard toothed files, for cleaner filing without chatter marks. Because the diamond particles cut on the forward and backward strokes, you get better control over your work and the job goes much faster.

What grit do I need? If you're just starting out in fretting, we recommend the 300-grit files, as they don't remove too much material too soon — a mistake that many beginning fretters make. Even a professional will find the 300-grit file allows them to quickly get the fret properly crowned after only a few strokes.

Use the 150-grit when you need to mill-off lots of material in a hurry.

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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4.0

It is a decent file...But...

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First I have to say I have been doing fretwork since the late 80's when I started doing it professionally - Now I work only on my guitars and my friend's guitars/other stringed instruments... So here goes - Since I have an old worn out file that I know really well, I sat on this file for quite some time, just continuing to with what I was familiar with. That was until this morning when I did a quick fret dressing on my Yairi DY-94. I just finished the work on it, and am happy with the results. Yet, I had to use the wide side of the file on my medium width frets because the medium side barely touched the top of the fret after bottoming out on the fretboard. To get it to work with the correct side I would have had to deal with gouges on the fretboard just under the frets. This goes with saying the frets themselves are still in great shape, so I am surprised I don't see any reviews mentioning running into this. My thought right now is to sand down the bottom of the file (sides) until there is a little more clearance. I liked the grit (300) and the curve of the file for getting at the higher frets on the acoustic - I love that I don't have to put extra protection on the top to avoid gouging that can come from the use of straight files. I will either have to modify this file to work for me or get a different one before doing this the next time. At the same time, I am happy with the job in the end. And I didn't have to work really hard to get the silky smooth polished finish that I like.

5.0

very nice...

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Verified Buyer


There are many alternative files you can use for crowning, but this is the slickest I have found. Almost zero chatter, and very smooth. It is so smooth compared to metal files, it seems that it isn't doing anything, but it really works great. Price scares me a little, but I get it that quality costs extra...

2.0

Medium taking tops off of Jumbo MIJ IBANEZ frets, What is WIDE FOR??

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I have the 300 grit file and and a made in Japan Ibanez RG770 with some pretty jumbo frets that measure .115 wide by .50 tall which are Dunlop 6110 sized frets from what I gather. These jumbo frets pretty common on "shreddy" guitars and the "wide" side is completely demolishing the tops of my frets. What's worse is the "medium" side of the file is ALSO taking the tops off (mostly on the lower strings low E, A, and D). What exactly would you use the "wide" side for if the "medium" side is taking the tops off of my Ibanez jumbos?

Response from StewMac


Hi Michael,

I’m so sorry that Offset Diamond Fret did not work for you. Thanks for sharing your honest feedback with us. I’ve discussed your experience with our team for a closer examination. Let us make it right—we stand by our products 100%. When you’re not satisfied, neither are we. We'll replace it or refund you, your choice. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273. We look forward to helping you get exactly the tool you need.

2.0

Radius seems a little too large...

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I have used the 300 grit file on two crowning jobs so far. I am using medium-high fretwire from Stew Mac, using the side of the file marked "medium." I find that it gives the frets a wider radius than I am used to filing with a straight file. It seems much easier to take material off the top than I would prefer. It does cut nicely and rapidly, but I can't get the fret as narrow as I would like. Perhaps the Z-file would have been a better choice for me. I don't feel like I have enough control with this file.

Response from StewMac


Hi Eli,

Thanks for your comment, I’m sorry that this file’s shape did not help you get the results you were looking for. We expect every tool we sell to work flawlessly...for life. Since this file did not work for you, let us help you find the perfect file for your project. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273 we'll refund you or get you a replacement.

4.0

At first glance not impressed

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Verified Buyer


Our shop has been using one of the older models of this offset file and it has been very good for the last five years. It was very apparent that these newer files are being sourced from a different source. That label almosst half rubbed off while removing file from its sleeve. The concern is the expected longevity of this file considering the apparent drop in quailty.

Response from StewMac


Hi Kim,

Thanks for letting us know about your experience. We stand by this file just as we did your older one—we expect them to work for life. If this file does ever fail you, give us a call (1-800-848-2273) and we’ll refund you or replace it. The quality and longevity of our tools is just as important to your satisfaction.

5.0

Fret File

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Verified Buyer


Doing a Great job so far, Wish they had one like this for narrower frets like they used to.

5.0

Money well spent!

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Verified Buyer


I’ve been building and repairing guitars in my own shop for over 35 years. This fret file (300 grit) is by far the best I have ever used. Awesome control and no chatter and 600 grit will easily take out any cutting marks. Heavy enough to let the tool do the work is another perk.

5.0

Great for a beginner

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I have no idea what I am doing yet, so I decided to try to compensate for my lack of experience by buying the best tools. So I bought the 3oo grit style.

When I read people suggesting it was difficult to distinguish which side was was for which size of frets I wondered if I could figure it out as a neophyte and thought about a z-file, but went for this one anyway.

I haven't used it yet, but I wanted to mention that the file is now marked to indicate which side is used for the two fret sizes. Suitable uses: Crowning for Dummies (like me). ;-)

4.0

Crowning file

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Verified Buyer


Great tool, easier to control than the Z file. However as a beginner, I just wish that there were better videos and instructions of how the use it.

1.0

takes way to much off the top...

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Verified Buyer


takes way to much off the top, i only use jumbo wire & when i mark them for crowning the tops are getting filed as well. i have both grits & im not a fan at all...i wasted 240.00 bucks..zfile is way better!
stay away

Response from StewMac


Hi Mark,
Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us. We're very sorry to hear that our Offset Diamond Fret Files didn't work for you as you expected. Quality and 100% Total Satisfaction is our goal every day. If a product fails to work as intended in your shop, we'll take back the product and replace it or refund you. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273. We look forward to helping you with this.

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