StewMac Pocket File

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StewMac Pocket File

If you only own one file—this is it. From fingerboards to nuts to frets, it's the Swiss Army knife of files! We keep one in our cases, on our bench, and yes, even our pocket when we're working on guitars.

The right size for guitar work
Most hardware store files are far too aggressive to use anywhere near a guitar. This file has an extremely smooth cut, letting you control how much material you're removing—without fear of mangling your prized instrument. The small size is perfect for tight spaces and getting a good grip for extra precise work.

We're constantly finding new uses, here's just a few of our favorites:

  • Rounding fingerboard edges for comfort and better playability
  • Cleaning up nipped fret tangs for better installs
  • Shaping and slotting nuts and saddles
  • Rounding frets ends to fix fret sprout
  • Preparing necks for seating nuts
  • Deburring metal parts and hardware

And that's just the beginning! Whether you're a seasoned luthier or taking your first steps into guitar repair, it's an essential part of your toolbox. It's the perfect file to start your collection before getting more specialized files


  • Small size for tight spaces
  • Two fine cutting surfaces
  • High quality steel construction
  • Rubber handle for precise control

Overall length: 5-3/8" (136.52mm)
File thickness: 0.044" (1.12mm)
Cutting surface length: 2-1/2" (63.5mm)
Cutting surface width: 11/32" (8.73mm)

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