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Nut and Saddle Sander

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Nut and Saddle Sander

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Perfectly square nuts and saddles in seconds
For solid contact and good tone, the bottom of a nut or saddle must be squared up. This "vise on wheels" is the fastest, surest way to do this.

Solves the tone trouble caused by poor fit
Hand-sanding a nut or saddle, it's hard not to tilt it one direction or the other. The result is a poor fit in the slot—always a tone problem, but especially with undersaddle pickups.

The Nut and Saddle Sander holds the nut or saddle perfectly vertical while you roll it over sandpaper on a flat surface. Adjustment screws set the amount you want to remove, and in moments the piece is squared up and truly flat.

"This takes the guesswork out of squaring up for a perfect fit. More accurate and faster, a win-win!"
—Matt Brooker, guitar repairman and StewMac tech advisor

  • Aluminum body with steel ball bearing rollers
  • Works with any nut/saddle material up to 3-1/4" x 3/8" (82mm x 10mm)

Watch our videos: Erick Coleman shows how he uses this tool. Roberto Fontanot, inventor of the Nut and Saddle Sander, demonstrates from his shop in Italy.

    How to use the Nut and Saddle Sander
  • Use Stikit sandpaper on a flat surface.
  • Tighten the nut or saddle in the spring-loaded jaw. To hold a nut, remove the inner spring tensioner.
  • There are two sets of holes for the height adjusters: close for nuts, wide for saddles.
  • Each mark on the height-adjusters equals approximately one tenth of a millimeter.
  • When the wheels start turning, you’ve reached your preset height, and milled the nut or saddle flat.

The Nut & Saddle Sander is created by Roberto Fontanot of Heart Sound, an Italian company specializing in acoustic amplification. Roberto has worked with leading artists including Tommy Emmanuel and Steve Vai, and is now in charge of Research and Development at Eko Guitars.


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5.0

A little pricy, But you get what you pay for.

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Verified Buyer


I thought about this for some time , and that's what I'm talking about, been doing this for some thirty years and had a few Ops do overs, this tool speed up the time and make for a perfectly flat contact surface, wonderful. I built a Chevy version of this years ago, This is the BMW version. Thanks Alonzo

5.0

Absolute Time-saver!

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Verified Buyer


I'm so glad i purchased this! It's 100% accurate and fast!

5.0

Works great. Very precise.

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Verified Buyer


I held off buying this tool thinking it couldn't be that much better than the way I've been doing it all these years. Wrong !! This tool gives a degree of precision that you just can't get by 'eyeballing' how much saddle to remove. Well built. Easy to use. Easy to adjust. A bit pricey for us Canadians but worth the money. I highly recommend it.

5.0

Very nice tool

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Verified Buyer


Wish the new price was in effect when I bought this. Actually, after using it, I bought a second 1 as gift for my son in his repair shop. IMO, works better with less parts. I threw away the springs. They are a total pain. I also found that by unscrewing the knurled side retaining nuts, adding a spacer washer (I use a lock washer), and then screwing on the retaining nuts upside down, you can get the jaws to open wide enough to surface the face of nut blanks. This is just as useful to me as surfacing the bottom. I also added a rubber band around the 2 top depth adjuster, so they don't change depth when I'm using the tool. Looks hokey, but works great.Makes it an incredibly valuable tool in my shop.

5.0

This thing will save you HOURS

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Verified Buyer


As always an expensive tool but I've only had it a week and its payed for itself already. Tasks that would take 30 minutes now take less than 3!!!! So Good

4.0

Works as advertised

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I bought this on sale because I had a couple of my own guitars to adjust with uneven removals. It works great except that the adjustment screws are a little finicky. I used them to rough adjust the projection and then checked and readjusted using a feeler gauge. Both times perfect square and correct removals in basically a minute or so. It was either this , as an amateur, or two lengthy trips to a luthier and that cost. It would seem to be a must have for a professional repair person.

3.0

Ok but not great

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Verified Buyer


It is better than using just sandpaper, but for the price, I would have like to see something more exciting.

5.0

As Advertised

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Verified Buyer


This thing was pricey but did a perfect job!

1.0

Very disappointed in this tool

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Verified Buyer


Does not work well with shaped saddles. I ruined 3 saddles trying to shave material off the bottom to lower the action on a guitar. Tried many times to make sure I set the tool up properly. Used stikit 120 paper on my jointer table for a flat surface. No matter how I set the too, making sure everything was tight, it sniped at least one end of the saddle bottom. Also made sure the top screws were tightened to the top of the saddle. I followed the video instructions for use by setting the saddle flush to the surface and then pushing the saddle down to my cut depth and tightening the side holder screws before sanding.
Ended up sanding a saddle by hand sliding it back and forth with a machine square as my 90 degree guide and got a flat bottom on the same surface I tried to do with this tool.

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Thank you for your review. We're sorry the Sander didn't meet your expectations. Our guarantee is 100% satisfaction in every way. If an item doesn't meet your expectations, return it anytime for a refund or exchange. Our support team has decades of experience making customers happy.

5.0

Wow. What a neat little tool

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Verified Buyer


If you want perfection without alot of fuss and time this is THE tool
Very easy to use with pro results

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