- Fret Leveling File
- Hosco Brand - Made in Japan
- Dual Side - same pattern on both sides
- Approx. 1" wide, 6 1/4" long and 3/16" thick
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This is a very nice file. Doesn't leave chatter marks and cuts smoothly. You can use it without a handle, but soon you'll realize you want to make one for it. Two side file, this must be the best value file for leveling. It also works great on fret ends and beveling.
I apprenticed with a master luthier to learn building and repair. I decided to pursue a different career path, but still do all my own work, and will do repairs for friends as well. While I was apprenticing, I had a nicer budget than I do now, so I bought everything I needed from a major online retailer and paid handsomely for it. Most of my tools were stolen a couple of years ago. I recently procured a nice PRS baritone that need a mill and re-crown and looked up the few tools I would need to do it. Nashville repair shops charge and arm and a leg to do this simple task and I figured I get the tools for the same price from the other major online retailer. Then I found Philadelphia Luthier Supply and could get everything for about half the price. It would be nice if this file had a handle on it, but I'm sure that contributes to its low price. Even you don't do fret-work on a daily basis, it is just fine. I had my new axe leveled and crowned and playing like a million bucks in no time. I highly recommend this file for the do-it-your-selfer!
A guitar maker and technician must have. Cuts Fast and accurately.
After leveling I use fret rocket... and it's still rock.
** There is a lot more just using this to correctly level frets. Did you first check for loosely seated frets? Did you properly crown the frets...etc.
This works great for partial or spot leveling, but also great for shoring up and tapering fret ends. Solidly build.
A surface of this leveling file are not very sharp, but all fretting works it makes with perform quality. I maked wooden handle for most comfortable using.