Guitar fret beveling file

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Erick Coleman shows how to quickly put a uniform 35-degree bevel on all the fret ends.

Video Transcription

[on-screen text reads: Erick Coleman - Stewart-MacDonald]

Erick Coleman: Beveling new frets is a tricky job. What you want is a nice, consistent angle on the ends of all the frets. Holding a standard file at the right angle is difficult, and keeping that angle down the entire length of the neck is even harder. It's easy to wind up with uneven frets. It's also easy to skip a standard file up onto the fretboard, damaging your freshly leveled frets. Using a regular file can also take a lot of time. That's why I use this Fret Beveling Fiile designed by John Brown. It's a fine tooth file that fits in this handle at a perfect 35 degrees. The handle rides smoothly on the frets and you get a consistent bevel all the way down the neck. It comes in two sizes, seven and a half inches for guitar and bass, and three and three quarter inches for partial refrets and short fretboards. In just a couple minutes, I have perfectly beveled frets that are ready for dressing. This tool is a real time saver and gives you a perfect bevel every time.



Erick Coleman

StewMac Senior Technical Advisor

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