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Diamond File Fret Leveller with interchangable file

This is a diamond file mounted in a holder which allows it to be guided along the fretboard with the file cutting a level onto the tops, or crown, of the frets. The device is made in our workshops by Chris Alsop and provides an efficient and easy to use solution to getting the frets level.
The file can be moved along in the holder and clamped in any position. It can extend out from one side to just over half its length, this is great for actually being able to see which frets are getting abrasion as you gently move the file. The default file is a fine grit file 150mm long, which is ideal for levelling frets over large sections of the fretboard and will last well. Other files available (see our separate advert) are coarse grit files - which remove the material faster, and shorter files - 75mm long half length files, which are ideal for levelling high spots.
Exchanging the file is quick and simple so its OK to swap out files for different stages of the same job.
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Guitar Tool: Fret Levellers  2010-01-01  Id:211  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £22.05

Diamond File Fret Leveller with Oak Handle

These have a diamond file with a permanently bonded oak handle. They are designed to be guided along the fretboard with the file cutting a level onto the tops, or crown, of the frets.
Fine Diamond files - which consist a coating of industrial diamonds embedded in a flat metal surface - give an extremely smooth finish and also have the advantage that they cut equally well in any direction of travel. This allows a back and forth motion to concentrate the abrasion on a particular area and keep the file always in contact with the fret, which helps achieve better accuracy of cut.
The default files are fine grit file, one 150mm long and one 75mm long.
Diamond files produce a very smooth finish on the frets - this property makes these files suitable for any type of fret shaping. Once the frets are level the flat tops on the frets need reshaping to regain the peaked crown. These files have all sharp edges ground off so can be guided along the fret to reshape the crown. As always, before using any type of abrasive tools on a guitar it is recommended suitable protection. Ideally use our ultra thin hardened steel protector strips (see our other items) to protect the fretboard and allow smooth motion of the file.
We have used Oak for this product as it is a strong and versatile wood used in hand tool handles for years. Beech is also nice for file handles and we make this item in Beech. The tool works equally well in almost any type of wood! Diamond Files are really the best surfaces developed by mankind for abrasion - the resulting surface is by far the smoothest hand filed surface possible - hence less finishing and polishing!
Guitar Tool: Fret Levellers  2010-01-01  Id:213  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £32.30

Fretboard Protector Strip

Also known as fingerboard protectors, these strips are made of spring steel. This means it will ALWAYS return to a flat shape. As the strips are only 0.1mm thick this allows maximum access to the frets.
Guitar Tool: Fretboard Protectors  2010-01-01  Id:190  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £5.73

Fretboard Protector Strip

Also known as fingerboard protectors, these strips are made of spring steel. This means it will ALWAYS return to a flat shape. As the strips are only 0.1mm thick this allows maximum access to the frets.
Guitar Tool: Fretboard Protectors  2010-01-01  Id:191  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £5.73

Fretboard Protector Strip

Also known as fingerboard protectors, these strips are made of spring steel. This means it will ALWAYS return to a flat shape. As the strips are only 0.1mm thick this allows maximum access to the frets.
Guitar Tool: Fretboard Protectors  2010-01-01  Id:192  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £5.73

Spare Diamond File for Fret Leveller

Diamond files - which consist a coating of industrial diamonds embedded in a flat metal surface - give an extremely smooth finish and also have the advantage that they cut equally well in any direction of travel. This allows a back and forth motion to concentrate the abrasion on a particular area and keep the file always in contact with the fret, which helps achieve better accuracy of cut.
These files have all sharp edges ground off so can be guided along the fret to reshape the crown. As always, before using any type of abrasive tools on a guitar it is recommended suitable protection. Ideally use our ultra thin hardened steel protector strips (see our other items) to protect the fretboard and allow smooth motion of the file.
Diamond Files are really the best surfaces developed by mankind for abrasion - the resulting surface is by far the smoothest hand filed surface possible - hence less finishing and polishing!
Guitar Tool: Fret Levellers  2010-01-01  Id:214  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £12.68

Diamond Fret Dressing File with Beech Handle

Fret Dressing File. Tapered diamond file with all edges ground. Beech handle which has Angle Raised To About 20 Degrees from Horizontal.
Fine Diamond files - which consist a coating of industrial diamonds embedded in a flat metal surface - give an extremely smooth finish and also have the advantage that they cut equally well in any direction of travel. This allows a back and forth motion to concentrate the abrasion on a particular area and keep the file always in contact with the fret, which helps achieve better accuracy of cut.
The design of this file makes it ideal for : 1. To dress the ends of the frets, which is to just slightly round off the corner between the rounded fret top and the angled bevel. The small profile and the carefully ground edges of this file means the file can get right into the corners where the fret bevelled end meets the fretboard side. 2. Remove some fret height when an individual fret is found to be too high. 3. As the file can be angled along the side of a fret , it can shape the rounded crown of a fret. (A curved Fret Crowning File is the most efficient method for crowning click here to see our curved Fret Crowning Files)
he file is a fine grit diamond file that has been: 1. Ground around all the edges so the abrasive diamond surface of the file only contacts the fret and nothing else. 2. Tapered from 8mm wide near the handle to 4mm near the end to give best access and visibility of the file contacting the fret. 3. The file handle is angled up at about 20 degrees which means your hand can clear the fretboard easily and not aobstruct your work. As this is a diamond file, it cuts equally well when moving forwards OR backwards which makes it very versatile tool, with no chatter, and a scratch free surface is always produced . The excellent finish that results means there is minimal fret polishing, which saves time, and minimises any further abrasion.
Guitar Tool: Fret Levellers  2010-01-01  Id:249  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £17.42

Diamond Fret Dressing File with Beech Handle

Fret Dressing File. Tapered diamond file with all edges ground. Beech handle which has Angle Raised To About 20 Degrees from Horizontal.
Fine Diamond files - which consist a coating of industrial diamonds embedded in a flat metal surface - give an extremely smooth finish and also have the advantage that they cut equally well in any direction of travel. This allows a back and forth motion to concentrate the abrasion on a particular area and keep the file always in contact with the fret, which helps achieve better accuracy of cut.
The design of this file makes it ideal for : 1. To dress the ends of the frets, which is to just slightly round off the corner between the rounded fret top and the angled bevel. The small profile and the carefully ground edges of this file means the file can get right into the corners where the fret bevelled end meets the fretboard side. 2. Remove some fret height when an individual fret is found to be too high. 3. As the file can be angled along the side of a fret , it can shape the rounded crown of a fret. (A curved Fret Crowning File is the most efficient method for crowning click here to see our curved Fret Crowning Files)
he file is a fine grit diamond file that has been: 1. Ground around all the edges so the abrasive diamond surface of the file only contacts the fret and nothing else. 2. Tapered from 8mm wide near the handle to 4mm near the end to give best access and visibility of the file contacting the fret. 3. The file handle is angled up at about 20 degrees which means your hand can clear the fretboard easily and not aobstruct your work. As this is a diamond file, it cuts equally well when moving forwards OR backwards which makes it very versatile tool, with no chatter, and a scratch free surface is always produced . The excellent finish that results means there is minimal fret polishing, which saves time, and minimises any further abrasion.
Guitar Tool: Fret Levellers  2010-01-01  Id:250  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £17.42

Adjustable Diamond Bevel File

The diamond file which is mounted in a holder allows it to be guided along the fretboard with the file cutting an accurate bevel on the fret ends. The file is set to 35 degrees angle.
THe file is adjustable to give a range of protrusion from 0 to 8mm File Depth Protrusion
The handle is constructed from very low friction, high grade engineering
The main advantage of using a Bevel File is that a really consistent professional job is achieved where all the fret ends are at the same angle. This main point about bevelling is to make sure there are no sharp edges or uncomfortable fret ends which hamper playing. If a fret end is too long then it disturbs the feel of the neck as the players moves around the fretboard; if the fret end angle is too shallow then the string can easily start to slip off The cutting file is a fine grit diamond file which leaves a good finish and all that is needed is the final light sanding to remove any scratches or uncomfortable edges and finally a polish.
Guitar Tool: Fret Bevelling  2010-01-01  Id:245  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £26.06

Adjustable Diamond Bevel File

The diamond file which is mounted in a holder allows it to be guided along the fretboard with the file cutting an accurate bevel on the fret ends. The file is set to 35 degree angle.
THe file is adjustable to give a range of protrusion from 0 to 8mm File Depth Protrusion
The handle is constructed from very low friction, high grade engineering
The main advantage of using a Bevel File is that a really consistent professional job is achieved where all the fret ends are at the same angle. This main point about bevelling is to make sure there are no sharp edges or uncomfortable fret ends which hamper playing. If a fret end is too long then it disturbs the feel of the neck as the players moves around the fretboard; if the fret end angle is too shallow then the string can easily start to slip off The cutting file is a fine grit diamond file which leaves a good finish and all that is needed is the final light sanding to remove any scratches or uncomfortable edges and finally a polish.
Guitar Tool: Fret Bevelling  2010-01-01  Id:246  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £26.06

Half Size Diamond Fret Bevel File

The diamond file which is mounted in a holder allows it to be guided along the fretboard with the file cutting an accurate bevel on the fret ends. The file is set to 35 degree angle.
This is a smaller sized bevel file with Bevel Angle of 35 degrees and is aimed at shorter scale length instruments such as ukuleles, banjos and mandolins, or for detailed work on the higher, closer frets on a full size guitar.
The handle is constructed from very low friction, high grade engineering
The main advantage of using a Bevel File is that a really consistent professional job is achieved where all the fret ends are at the same angle. This main point about bevelling is to make sure there are no sharp edges or uncomfortable fret ends which hamper playing. If a fret end is too long then it disturbs the feel of the neck as the players moves around the fretboard; if the fret end angle is too shallow then the string can easily start to slip off The cutting file is a fine grit diamond file which leaves a good finish and all that is needed is the final light sanding to remove any scratches or uncomfortable edges and finally a polish.
Guitar Tool: Fret Bevelling  2010-01-01  Id:247  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £17.42

Mini Dual Angle Diamond Bevel File

This is a minature sized fret bevel file with the file length 45mm. The diamond file passes through a slot in an angled block. Where the file exits the block a 90 degree or 35 degree angle is made. The file fits the slot securely and is held in place with an allen screw to prevent the file moving.
By sliding the file into the block either the 90 of 35 degree angle is obtained and the amount the file protrudes from the block can also be altered.
This tool is ideal for bevelling the odd fret or for doing a few frets following a partial refret. Our larger bevel files are recommended for bigger jobs. Ideally this short file , at only 45mm, is best used to produce the correct angle on a single fret.
Reducing the length of the fret to roughly the correct length is best done using a longer ,coarser, file - and to use this little file to finish the angle correctly and get a nice smooth finish.
Dimensions: • 35 and 90 degrees Angled Bevel File • 45mm File Length • Fine Grit Diamond File Included • Coarse Grit Diamond File Included
Guitar Tool: Fret Bevelling  2010-01-01  Id:251  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £16.52