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what file from Home Depot to file fret edges?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by cap217, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. cap217

    cap217 Supporting Member

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    What kind of file do I need and what grit?
     
  2. cratz2

    cratz2 Member

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    Until I got a proper file from Stew Mac, I used one out of a set of mini files... It came with two triangular files. I used one of the. I ground the 'edges' down so they'd be less likely to really get into the fretboard if my hand slipped.
     
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    Are you doing a refret or just need to smooth them out a bit? For smoothing I use an old computer battery and some 400 grit sandpaper followed by 600. If they're really sprouted I'll start with 220
     
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    Actually I think right next to where they make the Keys they have fret installers now.....................maybe not.

    I think regular fret tools will be better than Home Depot.
     
  5. lovellintn

    lovellintn Gold Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    How bad are the fret edges?

    I'd try finger nail files first if it's not that bad.

    Metal files will remove material pretty fast.
     
  6. 440gtx6pak

    440gtx6pak Member

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    For a non pro, time does not matter. That means buy a few sizes of the mildest ones, even if pros use harsher to save time. This gives you more room for error.
     
  7. Jon C

    Jon C Silver Supporting Member

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    if you mean for dealing with just fret sprout, not shaping, I use a 6" mill file and it works fine ... but I had lessons yrs ago on that particular use from master luthier Bill Cumpiano - www.cumpiano.com

    Jon
     

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