#1
hello GB&C, I was just wondering what is the least amount of tools
someone can use as a beginner for fret leveling, crown etc.

thx for any reply's.
#2
I can recommend a few items.

Get some good "painters masking tape" for masking the fret board and a pack of single edge razor blades. I personally like the blue or green 3M brand of tape.

Get a good straight edge to make sure your neck is level before you start working on the frets. This is vitally important. If you don't start with a perfectly straight neck you'll be filing down frets that may not need it.

As for the rough filing, go to a Lowes or Home Depot if you have any in your area and look for a flat sharpening stone. The ones I have are about five inches long by three inches wide. They do pretty decent leveling of the frets and cost about $5-10. Use them gently as they can take off a lot of fret with just a few passes. (http://www.amazon.com/Bora-501057-Combination-Sharpening-Aluminum/dp/B003Y3BMAW/ref=zg_bs_553346_3/180-5302946-4591467)

Get a good assortment of sandpaper. Most hardward stores have assortment packs and it's a nice way to get started.

Get a quality fret file (or two) for crowning. Try Stewart-McDonald. They may seem expensive but they are worth it.

Most importantly if you are learning to do this on your own watch as many videos on YouTube as you can find before doing anything. I would also recommend that you do your first attempt on your least expensive (or least favorite) guitar. The first time I did it was on my daughters Bullet Squire. I figure if I messed it up I was out less than $100, in my case it came out great and that guitar neck plays like a dream with very low action (still sounds bad but that's the awful pickups). Good luck.
Yes I am guitarded also, nice to meet you.
Last edited by Rickholly74 at Jan 22, 2016,
#4
For levelling I use a diamond knife hone mounted on a wood block, it cuts clean and fast. For crowning I use this:

http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Tools_by_Job/Tools_for_Fretting/Dual-grit_Diamond_Fret_File.html

It isn't cheap, but I think it is well worth the money for its ease of use, IMO. I also use fret masks

http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Tools_by_Job/Tools_for_Necks_and_Fingerboards/StewMac_Fingerboard_Guards.html

You can make them out of aluminium drink can, which will cut with a pair of scissors.

After abrasive paper, I use a dremel with a hard leather buffing wheel for polishing, but I've also done a good job using nail buffing pads. Metal polish on a piece of rag mounted on a bottle cork also works.