Hopefully this'll be really helpful. I'm refretting my Aria Pro STG (a cheap import Strat rip-off). I've also made a new pickguard for it, but that's irrelevant. I just finished putting all the frets in and fileing down the ends (all by hand with a single small file).

What I'm wondering is: What's the best way to level the frets? How do i compensate for the dip in the neck caused by the trus rod? How can I tell when the neck is straight?

I know that there are special "fret leveling files" avalible, but not only do those involve spending money, but they involve spending a lot of money, and I have perfectly good files that can be used for leveling the frets. Even if I did buy one, there's still the issue with the truss rod to work out.

Please move this if it's not in the right place.
Completely loosen the truss rod, and level them with a flat bastard file. There's a fretwork primer thread on here if you search for it.
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