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Double-edge Nut Files 0.012" / 0.020"

0.012" / 0.020"

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Double-edge Nut Files 0.026" / 0.032"

0.026" / 0.032"

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Double-edge Nut Files 0.036" / 0.042"

0.036" / 0.042"

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Double-edge Nut Files 0.050" / 0.060"

0.050" / 0.060"

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Double-edge Nut Files 0.075" / 0.090"

0.075" / 0.090"

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Double-edge Nut Files 0.105" / 0.120"

0.105" / 0.120"

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 Double-edge Nut Files, Set of 6

Double-edge Nut Files, Set of 6

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Double-edge Nut Files

About This Item

The most durable and efficient nut-slotting files available. Specially designed for nut slotting, each file cuts two different width slots.

Each 9/16" x 7-5/8" (14.29mm x 193.67mm) steel file cuts on the edges only, and tapers from the center to a different thickness on each cutting edge. The set of six files does the work of twelve!

Rubber-coated handles give firm, comfortable control for the job. The complete set includes edge widths for filing round-bottom nut slots on most stringed instruments, including basses. Each file's cutting edge is approximately 3-7/8" (98.43mm) long.

What files do I need?
Choose nut slotting files that are the same size or no more that a few thousands larger than your individual string gauges. A smaller file can also be rocked side-to-side to widen a slot to the desired size. For example, you can cut a .043" slot with a .042" file by moving it around a bit.

The most popular Double-edge Nut Files are included in the Essential Nut Making Tool Kit, which has all the basic tools you'll need for shaping, string-spacing, slotting and fitting string nuts like a pro.

Tip: Customize your files
We recommend that you mark on each side of your files so while working you can quickly tell the different gauge of cut.

Here's how: make a cut on a scrap piece of bone or wood with both sides of the nut file, then measure the width of each cut with feeler gauges to determine which side is which. Guitar strings of known gauges will also work as measuring tools in a pinch.

Once you have determined the proper edge, mark the file accordingly with a permanent marker.


Instructions

Product Instructions

Making a Nut, Step-by-Step

Dan Erlewine, of Stewart-MacDonald's R&D Team, walks you through making and installing a new nut.

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Like someone else said, B string on electric is a problem

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I bought these and they worked as advertised. Per the product description, "use a file the same size or slightly larger than the string," I used the .020 to cut out my 0.013" B string slot. Too big. Stewmac responded to that comment with one of their own advising a +/- 0.004" tolerance, but I think the product description should be amended to make this clearer. I think in hindsight I should have used the 0.012" file for that string. Minor gripe concerning the instructions, the tools are great.

5.0

Worked great!

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I'm a hobbyist, but these will pay for themselves quickly in saved set-up fees!

5.0

They work

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Verified Buyer


Well made and designed to do a task properly. Tools that work. Count on it at Stew-Mac

4.0

Good files.

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Verified Buyer


I use it for several mounths, it works great.
But this set is not suitable for most electric guitars because there is not file with 0.010"/0.017" width.
Also, on many dreadnought guitar uses .052" - .054" sixth string.
On 7-string electric guitars often use .062" - .064" seventh string.
I think, would be great, if files with .054"/.064" and .010"/.017" width will be added to this set, then it can be used for all kinds of guitars.

Response from StewMac


Thank you for your review. These files will work so long as the string gauge and the file size are within +/- 0.004" of each other. Ideally, you would want them to match up perfectly and we definitely appreciate your feedback regarding offering more sizes. Suggestions like this have been the catalyst for change in many of the products that we offer.

-Spencer, Customer Support

4.0

sharp and simple to use

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Verified Buyer


fairly new to working on nut slots. My first nut turned out ok using a thin file to cut initial slot and welding tip cleaners to open slot and round the bottom. After that, I got another file to cut the bigger slots. Worth the money. Take your time and follow the directions on how to make a nut on the stew mac website.

4.0

Does a good job

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Verified Buyer


Works well. Cuts through nut quickly. Strings do not bind in the slots. Very satisfied with purchase.

5.0

It files as it was designed to!

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Verified Buyer


This little beauty was recommended by Dusty Strings luthiers. Works exactly as a file should so 5 stars and ^5s all around.

5.0

Fantastic Product!

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Verified Buyer


I bought a new guitar online and it needed a good setup just to make it playable, so I bought the proper tools to adjust the string heights at the nut. I was very impressed. The nut files were very sharp and worked well. Don't get crazy with these files, take your time and make many small adjustments, it is very easy to go too far and ruin the nut.

5.0

great files

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Verified Buyer


love these files

5.0

A File I'll Use almost Every Day

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I only bought the .012/.020 file, because it just happens to be the (dual) size for which I have a great need these days. The quality is excellent, as always from StewMac.

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