I'll be getting some tax money back in the next month or so , so I thought now would be a good time to get the tools I need to start working on the frets on my guitars - one of which has large grooves in the frets, and another has never been levelled.
From my understanding, to do this properly you need a file or levelling beam, straightedge, crowning files, some regular files for bevelling the ends of the frets, and something to polish the frets with afterwards.
I'm currently looking at getting a Summit levelling beam (which I should be able to use the back of as a straightedge), and some fret polishing rubbers.
I'll also get a diamond crowning file, though I've found them in both straight and curved, and in 150 and 300 grit, so I've got no idea which one/s I'll need.
Any opinions on what I've listed? Anything I've missed out? Any brands you would recommend/avoid?
A recrowning tool is the best money spent. The stew Mac diamond file has fine and medium grit on one piece. Just turn it around for the grit you want.
I use a long piece of maple to do leveling. Other than that, a fret rocker may come in handy. But really I don't use anything other than the straight block of maple, the crowning tool, some sandpaper and steel wool and a marker. Some basic metal files from the hardware store one in handy too. That's if you're installing new frets. Jmtc