Hey! Im J.P., a guitar player and melomane from the end of the world (Chile). I need to buy tools to do Fretwork in my guitar (7 String guitar 430mmR radius) because Im very picky (extremely) about my instruments and Im not satisfied with the fretwork of the local luthiers. Is a real neccesity, a life or death situation. I need to choose the better, durable and wisest tools for Fretwork under the "Buy once, Buy smart" lema (an intelligent inversion). There are plenty of options in the market today. I need experienced and wise opinions to make good decisions because I cant go wrong. Im not rich but Im disposed to spent the neccesary money to equip myself with good quality tools. Right now this is my list, all in Stewmac (in my country there arent good tools for this job, I need to import. My intention is buy in one place hopefully to pay only one shipping). I will ask some questions about some tools: - Diamond Offset File 300 Grid. Im inclined to Diamond Files because the legend said that they cuts smoother and quicker without leaving marks in the frets (I need smooth frets). But I dont know if they really are very good and I dont know what Diamond File to choose: the Off set Model or the Classic Shape model. http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Fretting_supplies/Shaping_and_crowning/Diamond_Fret_Files.html - http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Fretting_supplies/Leveling/Fret_Fingerboard_Levelers.html of 16". I have a couple of questions about this: 1) Is neccesary to buy a file or a leveling block like that to level the frets if I had a Sanding Wood Block that is of the same radius than the neck? I dont know if first I need to use a file or a leveling block and then a radius block or if I can use the radius block all the time with sandpaper. 2) If is neccesary this is my situation: first I thought in bought the File Leveler of 6" and then I discovered the Leveler Block of 16". What option is better? the 16" is longer than the 6" and use sandpaper, the 6" has a file. Im worried about scratches and precision. Im looking for the best tool for the job! in some threads I read that a 6" file or relative small block is better than a longer one because the longer one dont wear all the frets equal, but all pro shops seems to use longer blocks with sandpaper - Fret Cutter http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Fretting_supplies/Pullers,_nippers,_sizing/Fret_Cutter.html Can I use this Fret Cutter to remove the frets with success too? in the video Erlewine said that you can use it to cut frets and tangs, pull out frets and bend them. - What Hammer is better: the normal one with plastic and brace or the Deadblow hammer? http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Fretting_supplies/Hammering/Fretting_Hammer.html vs http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Frettin...etting_Hammer.html?actn=100101&xst=3&xsr=9525 - Fret End Dressing File http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Fretting_supplies/Shaping_and_crowning/Fret_End_Dressing_File.html - Fret Dressing Stick http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Fretting_supplies/Polishing_and_abrasives/Fret_Dressing_Stick.html - Fret Rocker - 18" Straight Edge - Notched Straight Edge - Various 3M Gold Fre-cut Sandpaper. I need to know if they really worth the money because in my country I can buy very cheap sandpapers. If they are better, I will buy them. - 3M Flexible Polishing Papers. The same here, they worth the money? - Micro Mesh Soft Touch Finishing Pads. The same here too. All the sandpaper and finishing pads that I wrote about I want to use them to polishing frets (and to do fret leveling if I bought the 16" leveling block). I dont build guitars for now, I just want the softer and smoother frets that is possible to achieve. - I have in the way to my home a 430mmR radius block and radius gauges that I purchased from ebay some weeks ago. That is. I dont know if Im missing some tools. What do you think about them? I know that I can do myself the straight edges and some things but I want to buy real durable and precisions tools. If you can help me with some advice about will much appreciated! Thank you in advance! Regards, J.P.