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Nut Slotting Gauge

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Nut Slotting Gauge For guitar and most instruments

For guitar and most instruments

Item # 2003
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$72.06

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Nut Slotting Gauge For bass

For bass

Item # 2006
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Nut Slotting Gauge

About This Item

A revolution in guitar setup! Precisely measures string heights, so you can cut accurate nut slots for consistent playability.

This device will revolutionize the way you set up a guitar.
The Nut Slotting Gauge quickly and precisely measures string heights over the first fret. When filing nut slot depths, you see your results more accurately than ever before. No more guesswork or "eyeballing" the string heights, and no more searching for elusive combinations of feeler gauges. You can custom-tailor the playability with consistent, repeatable results.

At last! A precision tool for establishing string heights!


The Nut Slotting Gauge was designed by Don MacRostie here in our R & D shop. It features an easy to read dial indicator with adjustable zero point, and it's super accurate to .001". The machined brass base fits over the strings to rest on the fingerboard, and it works with most acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins and banjos. A larger brass base is machined to fit bass string spacings. Both have gently arched bottoms to follow most any fretboard radius. Instructions are included.

The Nut Slotting Gauge is included in this money-saving set: Nut Slotting Gauge and Neck Relief Gauge Set


Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

Putting the new Nut Slotting Gauge to work on a "burn victim" guitar

Dan Erlewine shows a before and after of a 1958 Gibson that's (barely) survived a house fire. It needs a new nut, and he's using the Nut Slotting Gauge to get it right the first time.

Instructions

Product Instructions

Nut Slotting Gauge Instructions

How to determine nut slot depth with the Nut Slotting Gauge.

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5.0

My name is perfection !

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Verified Buyer


The only tool you need to set the action right !
i don't even remeber how i did in the past ...

so go for it !!!

4.0

Nut slotting gauge

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Verified Buyer


I've been using this for years, but always thought the base curve for the fretboard should be in the other direction. Instead of the gauge on the shorter side of the base, I felt it should be on the taller side. IMHO

5.0

Works great!

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Verified Buyer


My first acoustic build from several years ago never played quite right. I made a new nut and usually use the half pencil idea for general shaping and feeler gauges against the nut to file the slots. This is so much better idea and you can dial the slots to perfection. The amazing thing to me was how close to perfect intonation you can get, especially in the first few frets! I highly recommend it!

4.0

Must have actually ....

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Verified Buyer


I can't believe I used feeler gauges for years ... Or business cards to measure string height off my frets (for any segment) of a set up .... Especially considering modest price, this tool is no brainier, makes for accurate nut filing depths crazy nice and you get .010, .015, .020" over first fret with ease. ONLY reason I gave 4 vs 5 stars is the quality of dial gauge - definitely low bid component (but keeps it affordable as a unit) Resetting the scale to zero on each string, rotating the face is rough and tight in different spots, even with the set screw loosened all the way. Minor, but I'd pay more ($60?) for a tool with better quality gauge. I also work in metal shop building race cars and have many dial gauges, more costly, yet super accurate, much easier to us. That said, I'd still highly recommend this tool.

5.0

Worth the money!!

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Verified Buyer


Makes measuring the height of the string super fast and easy!!

4.0

Had to have one

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I used the nut slotting gauge in a guitar setup workshop recently and liked how easy it was to use and had to get one.

5.0

very good

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Verified Buyer


very good

5.0

Works great!

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Verified Buyer


Excellent for highly accurate and repeatable measurements. Solidly built and a fine addition to my tool arsenal ????

1.0

Feels like a quality tool but comes up short

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Verified Buyer


At first glance these look really nice. However, the dial does not fit very well and comes loose easily. In fact the one I ordered arrived in two pieces. The post of the dial is 9.5mm but the hole in the brass base is 9.53mm. The sloppy fit is made worse by a taper on the ledge that dial sits on along with a dissimilar taper at the end of the post. I tried to fix the base myself and ended up trashing it. Totally my fault and I don't expect Stew Mac to replace it, however, it was a little disappointing that I never heard back after sending a message explaining the problem. I would not be surprised if many people have dropped their gauges because the dial slipped out of the base.

Response from StewMac


We are very sorry to hear you weren't happy with the quality of your Nut Slotting Gauge. We would be happy to provide you with a refund or exchange even after modifying this tool. There is a set screw in the side of the block to hold the dial indicator in place.

5.0

Two years later...

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Verified Buyer


I'm still using this tool for measuring action at the 12th, and up the neck, as well as at the 1st fret. I can't imagine working without it.

As someone else mentioned, please print the dial in reverse. It's just silly to have to count backwards all the time with a custom tool.

The real reason for the second review is... mine is falling apart! After a year of use, the face of the dial is no longer firmly connected to the knurled rim. When I turn it to set the zero point, the face doesn't move in tandem. I have to spin it several full rotations to get it to move a 1/4 turn. Like having REALLY loose steering in a car. Eventually it's going to stop working altogether.

Please make this more reliable.

Response from StewMac


Thanks for the great feedback! We have contacted you via email about replacing the dial indicator on this tool.

-Spencer, Customer Support

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