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Gauged Nut Slotting Files

About This Item

Our tempered edge-cut nut files produce round-bottom slots for nuts and saddles. Ensure your strings seat properly in the nut without buzzing!

Each chrome-alloy steel file has twin 4" cutting edges. Among our most popular tools, these professional files help you get the job done quickly and correctly.

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.

Tip: Slotting Tune-o-matic style saddles
Nut slotting files work great for metal saddles. Choose your file size as you would when slotting a nut: use the same gauge as the string, or a few thousandths larger. After filing to the desired depth, we suggest polishing the slot with Mitchell's Abrasive Cord to remove file marks and burrs.


Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Are you supposed to slot Tune-o-matic bridge saddles?

Customers often ask how and why they should put slots in the saddles of their new Tune-o-matic bridge. Erick Coleman provides the answers in this issue of Trade Secrets.

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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Indispensable tools

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The fret slotting files are an absolute must-have for any luthier! Thanks for Stu mac's expertise! Mario Bouchard - Luthier
Quebec city Canada

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Gauged Nut Slotting Files

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Les limes pour sillets vont trFs bien,rien a redire.Merci.

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file this away

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Forget the saws and single edge fret files, the double edge nut slotting files are durable,easy to use and precise and the perfect addition to your bench.

5.0

Outstanding

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I used these files to cut the slots in the brass saddles of the Schroeder Stoptail bridge. They cut through the brass very quickly and cleanly and made the job fun. The bridge sounds great and the additional intonation control made a good, PRS SE semi-hollow even better.

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They do the job

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They get the job done!! as simple as that. Good quality materials, but I rate 'em with 3 stars cause I think the files are over-priced!!

5.0

Gauged Nut Slotting Files 

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Perfect

Works as it's supposed to.

5.0

Gauged Nut Slotting File

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I ordered the 0834 .050 one. It was the first one I purchased. It worked great. As I've gotten "older" I find my neck grip is kind of like a death grip. Making me sound out of tune on the lower strings. So I wanted to go up a few string gauges. I went from .009-.046 to .010-.052 I KNOW the numbers don't match but it worked with a little bit of "rockin'". Now I'm using .010-.060. So I ordered the file to widen the lower E nut slot. Just a few passes on the Les Paul bone nut and I was done!!
The only thing that I found "wrong" was either my perception of the item-or a small item picture. It looked like the file had a small rubber "handle" or grip on it with the awesome Stew/Mac logo. But as I found out it was just painted on. Hardly a reason to form a redesign committee!! Just saw the video link-nice touches guys!!

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Nut files great

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Great having properly sized files with correct profile for bottom of slot. Together with good instruction, I've vastly improved the action on my Gretsch Electromatic, my Dean Hardtail, a Taylor, and an Ibanez V series. No buzz, good intonation from proper angle and correct size for strings. Beats all of the substitutes (Needle files, etc.) hands down.

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Perfect Tools

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As usual for StewMac products and tools, these files are of an outstanding quality.

Keep controlling and work light while cutting string slots with these, because as for any other professional tools of that quality, these files cut fast.

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Right tool for the job

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I have been using the gauged nut slotting files from Stew-Mac for more than fifteen years. Consistent cutting makes it easy to slot the nut with the proper radius as with 7.25 radius on the 1957 Strat pictured or the 1961 Strat that just came in for re-fret. Dan's guitar jig gets high praise as well.

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