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Crowning files...

Discussion in 'Tech-Talk' started by Dadocaster, May 16, 2018 at 9:41 AM.

  1. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    My usual very slow pace is going along as usual, had some fruitful research on the legendary Ron Kirn leveling thread out there in internet land, a small discussion with our guy henderman and appreciated his input. Between my son and I we have quite a few partscasters and cheapies and will be doing some fret work. In the past, I have done light leveling and then crowned using a triangular file but it's a time consuming method and is not at all fool proof. Since I may be doing quite a few necks, I need a crowning tool to speed up the process.

    What reasonably priced tool can I purchase to crown frets?

  2. Yaralag

    Yaralag Senior Stratmaster

    Oh wait, you said “reasonably priced”. Never mind. :p

  3. rolandson

    rolandson Senior Stratmaster

  4. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    I put that in so you rich folks would not confuse the issue... :D
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  5. Chief101

    Chief101 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 14, 2012

  6. dbolt

    dbolt Strat-Talker Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 17, 2014
    I use the StewMac product. The cost is relative. The time saving over a triangle file is significant.

  7. johnnymg

    johnnymg Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    Last edited: May 16, 2018 at 2:51 PM

  8. stormin1155

    stormin1155 Strat-Talker

    Mar 18, 2014
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  9. CGHguitars

    CGHguitars Strat-Talker

    Sep 8, 2015
    Eden Prairie
    I've used a cheap crowning file in the past, and recently spent a little more on a Stew-Mac "Z File", which is designed to cut the bevels on each side of a fret, but not really take height off of the top.

    Assuming I'm using it right, I actually found it harder to get the evenly rounded crown I intended. Might be be a bit much for those of us with limited skills...

  10. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985 Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 14, 2013
    Great. Now this thread has me chasing a rabbit. I've been needing some fret files.

    Well, off to the interwebz. :rolleyes:

  11. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    You're welcome.
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  12. DIYrocker

    DIYrocker Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 16, 2013
    I use the Hosco files from Philadelphia Luthier too. They seem pretty good.

  13. The Ballzz

    The Ballzz Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 26, 2014
    I highly recommend a diamond crowning file. A lot less clean up and polishing work. A bit more $$, but worth it, IMHO!
    Just My $.02,
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  14. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Got the six sided tool with three different fret size files and it works fine.

    Just did some checking and it appears that the notched fingerboard straightedge that I made out of a steel ruler is not straight. :D What are you guys using? I will probably just buy one online but StewMac can kiss my backside before I pay a hundred bucks for a straightedge with some notches. :D

  15. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter