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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:27 pm 
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I'm at the final tweaking and setup stage of my first (classical) guitar. For truing frets, Cumpiano & Natelson say something along the lines of "we have a dead flat file dedicated to this task." Hardware store files all seem to be blister packed, so checking with a straightedge is impossible.

I guess I have two related questions:
1. Can anyone point to a source for a truly flat file?
2. Is it really necessary to have a super-flat file?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:22 am 
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Brazilian Rosewood
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Try this if you are excessively rich:

http://www.mehr-als-werkzeug.de/product ... detail.jsf

I am satisfied with the results of water stones, 1000 and 8000 grit, trued with sandpaper on a granite plate. If you do a search you should find a recent thread about this, there are several other methods around.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:10 am 
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Ted, builders use a variety of things (plate glass, an old level etc) to address the dead flat thing.
Check out this recent thread
viewtopic.php?f=10101&t=30631&hilit=level+frets

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:22 pm 
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Alexandru -

I see what you mean! I won't be buying one of them any time soon.

Dave -

Thanks much for the link to the fret truing thread. Lots of good ideas there. I think I can call my problem solved.

Ted


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