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Diamond File Fret Leveller with Oak Handle

This is a diamond file with a permanently bonded oak handle. It is 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 file is a fine grit file 150mm long, which is ideal for levelling frets over large sections of the fretboard and will last well.
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:207  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £20.70

Diamond File Fret Leveller with Oak Handle

This is a diamond file with a permanently bonded oak handle. It is 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 file is a fine grit file 150mm long, which is ideal for levelling frets over large sections of the fretboard and will last well.
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:208  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £20.70

35 Degree Diamond Bevel File

This is a diamond file mounted in a holder which allows it to be guided along the fretboard with the file cutting an accurate bevel on the fret ends. The handle is constructed from very low friction, high grade engineering polymer. These files last for many fretboards and are equally long lasting on stainless frets and normal nickel silver frets.
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 end of the fret.
It is also surprising just how much of the fretboard space is used up by the bevels - a 45 degree bevel will use about 1mm of the fret wire and so reduce a 43mm neck to 41mm playable width. These bevel files can be made to any angle as low as zero and to a maximum of 60 degrees (please enquire). 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:216  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £22.91

Bevel File in Use

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 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:218  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £22.91

Full and Half Size Fixed Angle bevel Files

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 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:219  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £22.91

Fret Ends after Bevelling

Results from using a one of our bevel files. 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 handle is constructed from very low friction, high grade engineering polymer. These files last for many fretboards and are equally long lasting on stainless frets and normal nickel silver frets.
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 end of the fret.
These bevel files can be made to any angle as low as zero and to a maximum of 60 degrees (please enquire). 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:217  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £26.00

Dual Angle 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 can be easily set to either 35 degree or 90 degree angle. 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:220  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £26.00

Dual Angle Diamond Bevel File Processing

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 can be easily set to either 35 degree or 90 degree angle. 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:221  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £26.00

Fret Pullers

This is a pair of fret pullers - we modify a standard pair of pliers by hand grinding and reshaping the ends - this makes them really grip the frets and allow the user to control how they pull the fret out. Usually its best to ease it out little by little to avoid damaging the wood of the fretboard.
They are suitable for gripping in one hand. Our tests show that jaws (about 10mm across) allow a high pressure to be applied to the fret curved surface - and this means a very good grip is achieved allowing a controlled withdrawal of the fret. Fret pulling is a delicate operation and requires small,light and accurate tools which grip well.
The whole process is reliable and controllable using this tool compared to using ordinary unmodified pliers - see the picture comparing the way in which the grip is achieved.
Guitar Tool: Pullers and Cutters  2010-01-01  Id:187  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £9.53

Fret Pullers

This is a pair of fret pullers - we modify a standard pair of pliers by hand grinding and reshaping the ends - this makes them really grip the frets and allow the user to control how they pull the fret out. Usually its best to ease it out little by little to avoid damaging the wood of the fretboard.
They are suitable for gripping in one hand. Our tests show that jaws (about 10mm across) allow a high pressure to be applied to the fret curved surface - and this means a very good grip is achieved allowing a controlled withdrawal of the fret. Fret pulling is a delicate operation and requires small,light and accurate tools which grip well.
The whole process is reliable and controllable using this tool compared to using ordinary unmodified pliers - see the picture comparing the way in which the grip is achieved.
Guitar Tool: Pullers and Cutters  2010-01-01  Id:188  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £9.53

Fret Pullers

This is a pair of fret pullers - we modify a standard pair of pliers by hand grinding and reshaping the ends - this makes them really grip the frets and allow the user to control how they pull the fret out. Usually its best to ease it out little by little to avoid damaging the wood of the fretboard.
They are suitable for gripping in one hand. Our tests show that jaws (about 10mm across) allow a high pressure to be applied to the fret curved surface - and this means a very good grip is achieved allowing a controlled withdrawal of the fret. Fret pulling is a delicate operation and requires small,light and accurate tools which grip well.
The whole process is reliable and controllable using this tool compared to using ordinary unmodified pliers - see the picture comparing the way in which the grip is achieved.
Guitar Tool: Pullers and Cutters  2010-01-01  Id:244  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £9.53

Guitar Fret Polishing and Sanding Kit

This kit consists of sandpaper grits 800, 1000, 1200, 1500, 2000, 2500 grit and then 12,000 micromesh. A spring steel strip is also included to protect the fretboard.
Its only a couple of rubs with each item and a mirror finish will result.
The spring steel strip is a well proven tool I make and sell - it is made of hardened spring steel with remarkable properties - this strip is only 0.1mm thick but it will last forever and never kink.
The sand papers glides across the surface of the fret and protector strip very easily, making this job so much easier and quick.
Guitar Tool  2010-01-01  Id:262  ChrisAlsopGuitar  

Current Price: £11.75