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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 than a few thousandths 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.

Save 10% by purchasing the complete set
Always have the right gauge for cutting and shaping string slots on any instrument. Complete set of nineteen files includes every size we offer.

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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5.0

A must have tool

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This is not a tool that the user can successfully make, however, at one time or another every luthier would have needed this tool and would have spent a lot of time trying to find a tool and a way to do what this tool does- successfully, in seconds.

5.0

Exactly what I was looking for.

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Three were the exact sizes I needed. They cut nice clean slots with the rounded bottom. Highly recommend.

4.0

ts a good file

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file is a bit fragile, the front bottom chipped off at the corner, but it does the Job, maybe over priced as well esp when you need many gauges.

5.0

Great tool.

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Purchased to do one of my Guitars, wasn't thinking I have 6 with all different strings and sizes should have ordered all of them. The Luthier I use must have had a new person answering his phone. Needless to say he lost some work.

5.0

Fine quality, works well

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Fine quality files; worked well to lower the action at the nut. They do what they're intended to do.

5.0

Perfect!

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What a great file. Cuts very quickly. Saves time!

5.0

Quit waiting to step up.

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Like many, I made due with various lesser files and was never quite satisfied with the outcome. What a waste of time and effort. These nut files work perfectly the first time, are easy to control, and cut the slot the way it is meant to be done. Actually cost less than the drawer full of assorted files I've been using.

4.0

Good tools at a good price

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I need this for my bench as I have been repairing more bases as of late. These files have worked well and are well-made. I would recommend them to someone who is starting out.

5.0

specific, useful

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I bought several of these files for their intended purpose: (re)slotting the nut on several guitars and ukuleles. The width measurements are precise, and the file edges uniform, which makes them far better for this than any of my bench files. If this is a task you plan to perform more than once or twice, they are worth buying.

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Does the job

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Awesome, awesome...albeit expensive



StewMac PDF Catalog, page 4See Gauged Nut Slotting Files
on page 4 of our StewMac Digital Catalog