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Gauged Nut Slotting Files

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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.

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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

Great quality and durable

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Great files. Anyone who's had to make .105 guage or greater with a .060 file is just spoiled when it comes to these guys. Good clean accurate cuts and they will last you just about forever!

5.0

Bass Nut Files

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I have a P bass that was uncomfortable to play around the first few frets. I took it to the local repair shop and it took them about 2 weeks to get around to looking at it. When I got it back it was an improvement but still not good. I saw a good video on how to set up a P bass so I bought the bass nut files from Stewmac and finished the job off myself. That bass is now a pleasure to play. Something all bass players should have.

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Slotting Files

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Nothing but perfection!

5.0

i'm nuts about your files...again!

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for a newbie, i thought i'd never actually have to order another set of nut files, but since the first ones from stew mac worked so well, i thought i'd go with them again....i didn't wear out the first ones, i lost them. only suggestion would be to have a hole in them in order to hang them on a nail or such. I haven't tried to drill them, but bet their a bugger. nice files.

4.0

Makes cutting slots easy.

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Good files. Like any files they have their own touch. I find these files do the job great once you get a feel for them. Expensive, but worth it for me.

3.0

The .010 file

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3 stars due to the total lack of rigidity. Can't see this being very useful for nuts without adding some back bone (as others have mentioned) to keep it rigid and straight.

2.0

Thin files aren't strong enough.

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I have a set of the other Double Edged nut files, which are better in my opinion. But as they don't have .010 or .046 gauges I ordered these gauged files. No complaints with the .046. The .010 had a curve in it. Stewmac were quick to send me a replacement and well packaged, but it to was warped. I put it down to the travelling conditions, but I am sure they wouldn't be very sturdy upon use given this. These files aren't thick in the middle and then tapered to the edge of the file, like the double edged files, which makes the thinner files weak.

5.0

Nice nut slotting tools

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The files seem to be good quality. They cut fairly slowly, which is good to get the slot exactly to its final depth.

5.0

Gets the job done right!

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How did I ever live without these?

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Nut & Saddle files

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Easy work with these files...

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