Filing Sharp Fret Ends

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Filing Sharp Fret Ends

Post by Robbie » August 22nd, 2009, 5:52 am

Has anyone got any suggestions or is it really the job of a luthier as many guitar etup sites suggest. Has anyone here done this procedure and were you happy with the results? I have one of those squier 51's that everyone needed to own awhile ago and like the tones I get from it but a few of the fret ends need dressed so it is not as nice to play as I would like. It was not expensive but I still don't want to ruin it with a butcher job if you get my drift. I am relatively good with my hands and do own a dremel. But it appears like Stewmac sells specific files etc. Any suggestions apppreciated
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Re: Filing Sharp Fret Ends

Post by gnease » August 22nd, 2009, 5:07 pm

I've done this for two of my 51s so far - my Taylor T5 went to a luthier (and under warranty).

I bought Stew-Mac's triangular fret dressing file. It has smooth corners that supposedly do not dig into the wood, but I didn't trust it totally, so also taped the fretboard to protect it. I ended up filing the fret ends to sort of soft/rounded triangular shape as viewed looking down onto the f'board. Very comfy.
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Post by Robbie » August 22nd, 2009, 6:54 pm

Gnease thanx for the reply. Looks like I will try get some proper files before tackling this job. I did see on one site where taping the fretboard was recommended and I am guessing with patience that I can't screw up too badly. As I said the guitar sounds cool but just a tad uncomfortable to play.

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Re: Filing Sharp Fret Ends

Post by katmetal » August 22nd, 2009, 6:58 pm

Be careful to just knock the sharp edge off; you don't want to remove too much, as the strings may have a tendency to slip off the fret while playing. That is a real pain, as I own a couple guitars that the frets are too short for my liking.

After you remove too much material, you sure can't put it back! :shock:

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Re: Filing Sharp Fret Ends

Post by Kalle_in_Sweden » August 29th, 2009, 8:19 am

Robbie wrote:Has anyone got any suggestions or is it really the job of a luthier as many guitar setup sites suggest.
Has anyone here done this procedure and were you happy with the results?
I have one of those squier 51's that everyone needed to own awhile ago and like the tones I get from it but a few of the fret ends need dressed so it is not as nice to play as I would like.
Robbie
I have done it on a cheap Stratocaster copy with good result.
Used a flat fine grounded file (for metal work) and run it a few times along the side of the fretboard.
Just enough to grind of the fret ends that was protruding out of the fretboard side.
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Re: Filing Sharp Fret Ends

Post by Robbie » August 29th, 2009, 8:30 am

Thanx all I appreciate your input. Will try to find a harmless looking file that won't do more damage than good and give it a try.
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Re: Filing Sharp Fret Ends

Post by 69Tele » September 10th, 2009, 9:03 am

I bought this. Kind of pricey at $18 but works great and is the right to for the job.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Ultimate-Fret-End-F ... 911.c0.m14

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Re: Filing Sharp Fret Ends

Post by Blue Jay » September 10th, 2009, 4:07 pm

Cool file, and in agreement with all posts above. I use an old ignition point file, or two, but a purpose-built file is always better. :D

And it's good to use gnease's taping method; masking tape I believe it is, wrapped around all areas you don't want to scratch.
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Re: Filing Sharp Fret Ends

Post by TRGuitar » September 15th, 2009, 1:38 am

I've done this with a couple of bargain guitars I have bought and it came out just fine. I masked my neck off to prevent scratching just like Greg said.
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