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Safe Slot Nut Guard Complete Set

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Safe Slot Nut Guard Complete Set

Safe Slot Nut Guard Complete Set

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$75.40

Safe Slot Nut Guard

Safe Slot Nut Guard

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Safe Slot Nut Guard Complete Set

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Stop your file before the slot’s too deep!

Cutting string slots is delicate: if you cut one slot a little too low, you've blown the nut and have to start over. StewMac's own Don MacRostie devised the Safe Slot™ to make accurate nut slotting fast and fumble-free. He shows us how it's done in the video!

A trick the pros use:
Stack feeler gauges against the nut to set your slot depth. When the slotting saw touches the feeler gauges, you've hit your depth. The Safe Slot Nut Guard holds the feeler gauges tightly against the nut, and curved to the radius of your fingerboard. This leaves both hands free for filing. You're able to work faster without worrying about cutting too deep.

  • Holds multiple feeler gauges
  • Pulls gauges tight to match fretboard radius
  • Locks in place against the nut. No slipping!

Perfect string spacing without math
For good playing feel, don't use equal spaces between the strings. Wound strings are thicker, so they need more space than thinner treble strings. In fact, every string space needs to be a little different to feel right in the player's hand.

This set includes a slim version of our String Spacing Rule to show where to put your string slots. Slide it into the Safe Slot, same as a feeler gauge, and see exactly where each string belongs. No measuring, dividing or calculating. Replace the rule with your feeler gauges and you're ready to cut nut slots. Thanks to luthier Ron Baran for the idea of adding this slim spacing rule to the set.

The Safe Slot's felt-padded caul adapts to most neck shapes, and any fingerboard width up to 2-1/16".

    Safe Slot Nut Guard Complete Set includes:
  • Safe Slot Nut Guard
  • String Spacing Rule to locate nut slots
  • Feeler Gauge Set (size 6" x 1/2")
  • includes 11 thicknesses:
    .016" .022" .028" .034"
    .018" .024" .030" .040"
    .020" .026" .032"


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4.0

Expensive, but so is Time and materials

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Haven't used it yet, but this is a no-brainer if you ever need to make nuts, especially if you own multiple guitars. This will save time and materials because it virtually guarantees that you will not go that 1/2 mm too far with the file and have to start over. One and Done!

I just wish that the string spacing rulers would have hash marks for 12-string spacing between the courses...as it is you have to eyeball it based on 6-string spacing. Only reason for 4 stars.

5.0

Third hand

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It's that third or fourth hand you need when cutting nut slots to depth.

5.0

Real Time Saver

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Verified Buyer


I'm a hobbyist who likes to customize and build guitars. This handy tool not only saved me time, but increased the accuracy of my work. No more trying to hold down feeler gauges frees up both hands to make more accurate saw cuts and is helpful again when filing the slots. This tool is a real winner!

5.0

Saves time

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This set simplifies a number of tasks and makes nut filing faster due to the "safety net" effect of not being able to file too far.

5.0

What a time saver.

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Verified Buyer


I now can slot a nut in half the time that I did before. I slot to about .005" over and finish using my Stewmac nut slotting gauge after I sting the instrument. It helps a lot to use the Stewmac string lifter. I cemented a 1/2" diameter red plastic bead to the end because I kept misplacing it on the workbench.

4.0

very good tool .................except for.....................

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Verified Buyer


works great on 6 string guitars and four string basses, I build 6-7-8 string guitars though and it absolutely will not work on the wider necks. little bit of a bummer BUT it is still a great tool. it probably will not work on 5-6 string basses either

5.0

A great little thing.

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For many years, I've been kinda doing it the same way; stacking up feeler gauge leaves, trying to get rubber bands to hold them 'just right', or trying to hold them with one hand while I file the nut slots 'one-handed'....but now with this thingie, all that just got faster and easier. If you cut nut slots, you should have one of these.
Thanks, Stew-Mac!

4.0

Safe Slot Nut Guard

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Verified Buyer


Great idea and good for a safe start. Fret height is the true definer here. If thats not right (fret height definition too low) you got problems for the beginner. You would be wise in purchasing gauged nut saws to save file wear and breakage. Otherwise if you top the nut height right you won't have to go so deep with files. Well made as everything this company makes is. I'm still deciding on it. Don't get me wrong, Stew-mac is a guitar tech's heaven, I love tools and especially ones that speed-up work and raise quality. Thanks for the forum!

5.0

Amazingly simple

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This tool makes the job so much easier.It takes the guess work out of how deep the slots should be. I highly recommend this tool! It's a must have!

5.0

Easy Slot

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A great little tool. Much easier than trying to hold the feelers by hand. With the correct amount of tension applied the feelers conform exactly to the fret-board radius to give perfect depth slots.

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 5 See Safe Slot Nut Guard Complete Set
on page 5 of our StewMac Digital Catalog