mistermikev Posted September 9, 2020 Report Share Posted September 9, 2020 so... doing frets on my lp/tele. I got wide/med frets. The file I like best right now is the stew mac dual grit. I've got a wide one but it seems a hair too wide for even jumbo frets so was thinking I might snag something with a medium? I thought I might draw on the great wealth of knowledge here... is the stew mac offset worth it? I will spend that much only if I hear rave reviews on it. the gurian is tempting... I know they leave marks... but are supposedly very effective and the shape seems great. Dirt cheap so... might be worth having either way? could consider the phili or other knock off offset files... but if I don't hear reviews on them I'd just as soon get the stew mac and know it's solid. please tell me any/all comments you have. here's my take on what I have tried... no name chinese - horrible. waaaaaay to wide and the diamond comes off super easy unknown ebay find - just a tube with a crown slot. this wore down a bit quick (better than some) but really made it hard to make a mistake. great feel... but also would fatigue you easy. can't find another. baroque - waay too wide. feel is horrible. you have this really long bar but it's hard not to just try and use the end... which has sharp corners. a step up from the chinese (that's about the nicest I can say) stew mac dual grip wide - this has lasted me a very long time. i pretty much only use the 300 grit and have used it on many guitars with no real signs of wearing. my one complaint is it's easy to accidentally detach the file from the handle. It would also be improved with a bit more of an ergonomic shape to the file instead of the hex... but it's a great feeling file, no fatigue. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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