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    Recommend a good, cheap fret end file

    The winters here seem to get drier and drier, and I notice fret-sprout quite a bit these days. Can anyone recommend a decent, not made-of-gold fret end file? (Preferably one that you have used or owned.)


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    I've got a couple I made using cheap Harbor Freight triangle files, and then grinding off the sharp points. I picked that up from one book or the other... maybe Dan Erlewine but I don't remember. Either way, those have held up pretty well for me for years.

    As for something premade, I can't help you there but I'm sure somebody else will chime in with a good recommendation.
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    I would recommend a very small but long 2 sided square file. Something with a tight 90 degree angle to get as close to the fretboard as possible. I think picked mine up from harbor frieght. If you get their "precision diamond grit needle file set", you will find two or three in there that you could use to do the job, for only about 8 bucks.
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    Anything specific you have to look for to work with stainless frets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post
    Anything specific you have to look for to work with stainless frets?
    Diamond files. Normal files work but it's a lot harder and they wear out very quick

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    STEWMAC.COM : Fret End Dressing File

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