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Has anyone used an oil stone to level frets? Also, which one would you suggest? I've found some hits on a web search but not a lot of detail. They can be a lot cheaper than Stew-Mac's bar.

As long as it's good quality then it should be fine.

I currently use this:

http://www.toolnut.co.uk/products/sharpeni..._and_1000G.html

They also do a 1000/6000 grit version but 1000 grit seems fine enough to me (you're gonna re-crown them anyway so they don't need to be super smooth). I tend to mainly use the 1000 grit side as I'm paranoid of removing too much.

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Has anyone used an oil stone to level frets? Also, which one would you suggest? I've found some hits on a web search but not a lot of detail. They can be a lot cheaper than Stew-Mac's bar.

Yes. I like them but mine are old now and not true anymore... no clue where they came from. Benedetto uses them as well.

I also have used the diamond sharpeners. They are great for chisels. Not a fan for fret jobs...

I used to use Nicholson files... but I haven't found a straight one in 10 years. They are just not the same quality... so I have moved on to Gorbet.

I bought Stew Macs bar... it wasn't worth the money and would not purchase it again. If you know someone with a mill/bridge port get them to make you one out of aluminum.

Currently I use a 25 year old Nicholson that is nice and flat and follow up with my Stew Mac radius beam and some 320.

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I've been through a couple of the kind with one coarse side and one fine side. They don't last long and have to be periodically checked. I now prefer to use a medium bastard file with the rattail curled up for easy gripping. And I ALWAYS check my file with a straightedge before touching another fretboard.

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