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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.



$11.60

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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

These do an excellent job of keeping you in tune.

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This could actually serve as a review of a few products Stewmac sells. Years ago my sister and I used to buy neglected guitars and fix them up. We would then sell them on the bay. During that time I bought a lot of neglected Ibanez Artist guitars because I really like the Ibanez Artist a lot. Well, I ended keeping every Artist we bought. LOL. Anyways, I finally got around to finishing the one on the right in the pic. The last thing it needed was a Black TusQ XL nut to help it stay in tune when I use the IBZ Bigsby I put on it. I'll be honest, I prefer TusQ over bone and the TusQ XL does an excellent job of keeping you in tune. The guitar on the left has a GraphTech "NuBone" nut and I prefer that over bone as well. Other products from Stewmac I used on these guitars are: Alpha 500K pots. Gotoh SG381 machine heads, Gotoh locking 510 bridge (on the left guitar) and a Wilkinson roller bridge (on the right guitar). All great products that do their jobs really well.

5.0

Fender Flat Bottom Top Radius on a Squire Vintage Modified Stratocaster

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I recently purchase a Squire Vintage Modified Stratocaster and of course I am upgrading everything. The cheap nut that came with this guitar made it almost impossible to intonate. I bought more than a few of these Tusq nuts and they didn't fit no matter how I measured. This nut came the closest. There was just a very little play in the nut slot but I shimmed it with some .001 shim stock and it worked out great. This nut was also too tall for this guitar so there was a lot of filing. Enough to where I took a course file to get it close and then sand papered the rest to get the .018 at the nut I was looking for. I had to sand the ends down a bit also because this nut was too wide but I lined the Tusq nut slots up with the old nut slots and marked the ends with an X-Acto and filed/sanded it down to that point. This nut actually cured the intonation problem I had and there is a noticeable difference in sustain and clarity. I have never worked so hard to get one of these to fit before but that is on Squire because they go out of their way to make sure that direct replacement parts are difficult to find by making everything on a Squire a different size than either and American or Mexican made Fender. It's Fender's way of saying "You should have bought American." Overall I am pleased with the results however and figure this nut will probably outlast me.

5.0

Great sustain and tons

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This nut worked perfectly on an unusually wide spaced jazzbox nut.

4.0

Nice improvement

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I had a Corel nut on a custom Warnoth neck that kept doing the annoying ping thing when the strings would suddenly release while tuning. So I tried the Tusq XL and tuning problem solved. The strings glide over the nut slick as snot and tuning is accordingly easier. Moreover, while I was skeptical that the nut could make much difference in tone, I found that my guitar even sounds better.with greater articulation. The only reason for 4 stars is the nut was a little short in height so I had to do some concentrated work to shape and sand a hard plastic shim to get the right string height. Believe me, it is much easier to sand a little extra height off the nut than to make a shim. This was a 1 3/4" Gibson style nut.

1.0

Slots were way to deep.

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I bought this for my 2016 Explorer. As stated it doesn't take much filing, etc. to get it fitted. Once I got the thickness done I put it in the slot, got it where I wanted it, marked and filed to fit. Now when I went to check slot depth it was approximately 3/32nds to deep! Using layers of paper string packaging I built it up in the slot to get an idea of what I needed to raise it. It got to the point of the shim being over the small notch on the headstock side and still no where close to being usable. I have nothing bad to say about the company itself, just measure carefully your existing nut to see if the pre-made ones will work for you.

5.0

Nut

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Small but nice piece.

5.0

Consistent Quality

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I have purchased several of these... the quality is consistent. Thank you

5.0

Black TUSQ XL Nuts

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easy to work with and sounds great!

5.0

Great sustain

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I specifically purchased this tusq nut for it's legendary sustain reputation, and while it came pre slotted, I had to file in deeper slots, to suit my intonation and fretboard action, and I dressed it when complete to remove excess crown material, but it is really a great looking and great sustaining nut.

5.0

The Best Nuts

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These are great nuts and work down very consistently and evenly....they also sound great on the guitars I've used them on. Can't say enough positive about these.....

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