December 19th, 2003, 08:28 AM
One of my Tele copies needs a little attention to the fret edges. I have several small files that I used for building plastic model kits - will these work for the frets?
Is there a specific procedure for this, or is it a common sense thing where you use caution and and remove very little metal?
December 19th, 2003, 04:38 PM
I had this problem recently. Don't expect a lot of people to jump in for advice, guess it's been asked so many times you don't realize it and everybody's really tired of answering it.
I did a search and saw many people using small files. Taking the excess off was not much problem with a small saw file. The little points caused by taking off the excess was a little trickier. They use a file with a smooth side to avoid damaging the board. I used some dental tools that are called sulci discs. I probably could have done it all without the dental tools but it would have been more tedious. What copy do you have?
December 19th, 2003, 05:15 PM
You can either get a small, purpose-made (or purpose-sold) file at Stew Mac, or a small hobbyist file with smooth sides.
Either will work on the frets, but if you have a maple board, you'll probably damage the finish a bit.
December 19th, 2003, 06:39 PM
This is the Stew-Mac file that I use ...
... the left and right sides will cut metal quite finely, and the top is flat and the bottom is slightly convex - that rounded bottom (a "safe edge") allows you to dress fret ends without marring the fingerboard - yep, even maple boards, too.
December 19th, 2003, 08:57 PM
Rob- Even though I didn't start this thread, thanks for answering it. Impressive, you even posted a picture. I'm getting one of those files!
December 20th, 2003, 05:23 AM
The "safe edge" dressing file is easy to use - I'm right-handed but can easily dress fret ends left handed with this file ...
... and FWIW, here are my "tutorial" links for nut cutting (http://rfd.cc/aa/nutz/index.html), refretting (http://rfd.cc/aa/frets/index.html), fret level & crown (http://rfd.cc/aa/fret/index.html).