#1
I bought a 8" mill file for fret leveling and it shattered. The longest piece is exactly 3 1/2" long. I know this will not work for my bass guitar but would it still work for my electric guitar? It is long enough to go across the 3 lowest frets and its perfectly flat. Before anyone suggest Stewmac the reason I didnt get one of there fret leveling files is cause I cant afford it. If it wont work could anyone suggest away for me to get a piece of wood flat enough to be useful for fret leveling?
Last edited by Darkdevil725 at Nov 12, 2011,
#2
Wood seems like it may be more inconsistant, depending what kind of wood you use

If anything, maybe find a high quality metal ruler and use portions of it as a straight edge?

I'm not sure if the broken part of your file will work..if its perfectly straight then I don't see why it wouldn't though
#3
if you have access to a jointer, you can joint a piece of wood and use 300 or 400 grit sandpaper. attach using spray adhesive. I joint the wood every time i use it. if you use wood, you can make it as long as you want.
#4
Look up Sullys guitar garage on you tube, he just put a few video's up about fret leveling, using home made tools.
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#5
Quote by Robbgnarly
Look up Sullys guitar garage on you tube, he just put a few video's up about fret leveling, using home made tools.

Really? I wonder why I havnt seen them yet cause I am subscribed to his channel.

Thanks everyone, im going to try to take the file back today.
#6
I was looking at fret leveling on youtube recently and liked the idea of a straight piece of metal about 2.5 - 3 ft long, then use the adhesive stuff and stick the wet and dry paper to it. I'm going to get a box section and take it to my local engineering place, they can put it through their machine to make it pefectly straight and flat. I was watching some of these sort of vids, the guy marked the tops of all the frets first with something like black marker.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJDb-ICqU90
#7
Quote by Twidler
the guy marked the tops of all the frets first with something like black marker.


Yeah its a sharpy. To level frets this way you have to mark the frets so you can see how far you sanded and if you need to sand more.
#8
Quote by Darkdevil725
Yeah its a sharpy. To level frets this way you have to mark the frets so you can see how far you sanded and if you need to sand more.



Yeh, looks like a good way of doing it though, I'm not keen on trying it with a short file anyway, reckon I'd probably make a boo boo then have to spend more getting it fixed lol. I think fret work is one of the things though that can really let a guitar down so it'd good to learn how to do a good job.
#9
Well I took the broken file back to Home Depot and got a refund. Went to sears and was able to take every file out of the package to examine them. Ended up finding a 12" file that is perfect.