Fret File + Inserts
This high-quality, economical fret file set has been designed to be used for all fretwire sizes from the small wire used in mandolins right through to the jumbo wire used in electric guitars and basses.
The bent handle allows the tool to be used safely over the top of the guitar, an area which is difficult to work on with straight fret files.
The set includes a handle and three file inserts for different width frets. A bolt holds the file insert in place while the tool is being used. Replacement file inserts can be purchased individually as they wear out.
- Made in USA
- Suitable for crowning all sizes of frets
- Suitable for Nickel & EVO fretwire
- Narow insert suitable for frets up to 1.6mm (0.063") wide
- Medium insert suitable for frets up to 2.5mm (0.10") wide
- Wide insert suitable for frets up to 3.2mm (0.13") wide
- File inserts are hardened steel
- 170mm (6-1/2") overall length
Once the frets have been levelled using a fret levelling file they need to be crowned so that they have a nice round profile on top so the strings will play clean and in tune. A fret file has a concave edge which is exactly the right profile to shape the tops of the frets back into this curved shape.
The fret is rubbed with the fret file until it is rounded off. It is a good practice to leave a very narrow flat-spot on the top of the frets to ensure you don't go too far with crowning them.
After crowning with the fret file, various grades of sandpaper and steel wool are used to polish the fret. Usually 180-grit sandpaper, followed by 240-grit, then 0000-grade steel wool is sufficient to get the scratches out and bring the frets to a nice polish. The fingerboard should be taped or a fingerboard guard used to avoid scratching the fingerboard.
|Country of Manufacture||U.S.|