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Black TUSQ XL Nuts

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Self-lubricating nuts from Graph Tech are ideal for string bending and tremolo work. Now in more sizes!

Extra slippery: TUSQ XL® is impregnated with Teflon® (500% more slippery than graphite). During tremolo bends, the strings slide in the slots, returning to accurate pitch.

Dense and resonant: Pressure-formed TUSQ transfers string energy more efficiently, without dead spots found in natural materials. Guitars come alive with enhanced harmonics, volume and sustain.

Pre-shaped: Slotted or unslotted, they require only minor trimming.



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Black TUSQ XL Nuts For Fender, unslotted, top radius, flat bottom

For Fender, unslotted, top radius, flat bottom

1-3/4" x 1/4" x 1/8"
(44.45mm x 6.20mm x 3.17mm)
10" (254mm) top radius; flat bottom

Item # 1865
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Black TUSQ XL Nuts For Fender, slotted, top and bottom radius

For Fender, slotted, top and bottom radius

1-3/8" (35.18mm) string spread
1-11/16" x 7/32" x 1/8"
(42.93mm x 5.33mm x 3.35mm)
7-1/4" (184.15mm) top and bottom radius

Item # 1866
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Black TUSQ XL Nuts For Fender, slotted, top radius, flat bottom

For Fender, slotted, top radius, flat bottom

1-3/8" (35.18mm) string spread
1-3/4" x 1/4" x 1/8"
(44.45mm x 6.20mm x 3.35mm)
7-1/4" (184.15mm) top radius; flat bottom

Item # 1884
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For Gibson® guitars
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Black TUSQ XL Nuts For Gibson, unslotted

For Gibson, unslotted

1-29/32" x 3/8" x 3/16"
(48.39mm x 9.52mm x 4.88mm)
12" (304.80mm) top radius

Item # 1868
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Black TUSQ XL Nuts For Gibson, slotted

For Gibson, slotted

1-7/16" (36.20mm) string spread
1-3/4" x 11/32" x 3/16"
(44.07mm x 8.36mm x 4.98mm)
16" (406.40mm) top radius

Item # 1869
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For Epiphone® guitars
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Black TUSQ XL Nuts For Epiphone, slotted

For Epiphone, slotted

1-3/8" (34.54mm) string spread
1-23/32" x 11/32" x 1/4"
(43.84mm x 8.89mm x 6.10mm)
15" (381.00mm) top radius

Item # 1873
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Black TUSQ XL Nuts

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Self-lubricating nuts from Graph Tech are ideal for string bending and tremolo work. Now in more sizes!

Extra slippery: TUSQ XL® is impregnated with Teflon® (500% more slippery than graphite). During tremolo bends, the strings slide in the slots, returning to accurate pitch.

Dense and resonant: Pressure-formed TUSQ transfers string energy more efficiently, without dead spots found in natural materials. Guitars come alive with enhanced harmonics, volume and sustain.

Pre-shaped: Slotted or unslotted, they require only minor trimming.



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5.0

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I had to replace a nut on a Yamaha 335 knock-off that I ruined trying to file the string channels. The original nut was too high (as are the frets) and I was getting terrible out-of-tune notes at first position chords. I decided to try and make life easier with a pre-slotted nut and one with some slippery properties. I needed some advice from the knowledgeable Stew-Mac staff regarding best choice and they came through in the usual speedy and friendly way. Removal and prep was easy since I had last version of Dan's Guitar Repair book and I followed the suggested course. The nut I chose was just a tad short in height for the Yamaha so I shimmed it. I sanded the glue spots and patiently kept installing it (unglued), playing it and adjusting the bridge until it felt right. I chose to file the nut ends and round the edges slightly before gluing and it went in without problem. The nut channels didn't need filing and after adjusting the bridge a bit, it plays like a dream. It was a lot easier to do than I thought and I saved a pile of money. I really took my time and measured and filed carefully and in the end, it paid off. For the money, these replacement nuts are great.

4.0

Nice nut

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the material is good, I recommend

5.0

Good investment

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I've used TUSQ XL nuts twice. First time I've simply wanted to solve the problem with tuning stability on a hardtail superstrat. I came to the idea of self-lubricated nut several attemts with replacing the string trees and different lubes. The lubes are great, but they will work no longer as the lube wears off or gets oxidized. The problem was in the cheap synthetic bone nut. After getting a short experience with polycarbonate low-friction nut, which tone I didn't like at all, I thought about derlin nut or something like that. I'm glad with the choice of the TUSQ XL nut, because it's working quite well for few years without serious complaints. What about the tone? TUSQ is quite better in tonal characteristics than lots of man-made bone nuts, it's incredible better than cheap plastic nuts you can find on asian-made guitars, but it's a bit less responsive and harmonicaly-rich then bone nuts. Think like comparison of good solid-state and tube amps. But! If you're playing more heavy rock and you're picking hard, your vibrato and string-bending are strong, the TUSQ will work a bit better for you. If you're playing low to medium gain, and you have nice rig, that can emphasize well the harmonic richness of your axe - go bone nut. For me TUSQ XL works perfectly in my electrics, but I prefer bone nut for acoustic guitars. Anyway, it's a truly great investment, especially if you want to solve problems with tuning stability.

5.0

Good, high quality.

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This is a great high quality nut. I put one of the black Gibson slotted nuts (item 1869) on my Dean Razorback as part of a full overhaul I was doing on it myself, and it fit perfectly. The string spacing was dead on, and VERY easy to work with. All I had to do to it was shave the sides a very small amount to be flush with the neck, but otherwise, it fit perfectly. I was amazed at the improvement of the sound quality and tuning improvements afterwords.

5.0

love these nuts

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the strings slide through the slots with no resistance. i do a lot of string bending and this nut really helps keep me in tune. very easy to work with too(filing and shaping).

4.0

Great product. Wish it came slotted for bass too.

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I like Tusq. It's my favorite nut material on basses when brass is not preferred. I get the 44.45mm unslotted ones. To slot it and shape it is a cinch. I wish Stewmac carried also the pre slotted ones for 4 and 5 strings bass though. One can never be lazy enough ;)

5.0

Almost Effortless

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I've used these on three guitars now, a LP Studio and two Teles,I'm loathe to use anything else now unless it is for a vintage, period correct material instrument. Only require minor sanding for perfect action and installation. The tone is at least equal, and IMO better than bone.

5.0

Great product

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I ordered about 3 of these in the past year or so and every one of them was a perfect fit both in the depth of the string slots and the width of the nut itself.

5.0

Bought 6 TUSQ nuts

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As expected, very good.

5.0

Keeps my Mexican Strat in tune 

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Installed in minutes and helps keep my Mexicaster in tune. Super!

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