Gauged Nut Slotting Files

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Our tempered edge-cut nut files produce round-bottom slots, to ensure that the strings seat properly in the nut without buzzing.

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0.010" width

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0.013" width

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0.016" width

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0.020" width

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0.028" width

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0.042" width

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0.046" width

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0.050" width

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Gauged Nut Slotting Files

It just makes sense to cut the string slots to match the string gauges! With this set of gauged files, your work is fast and accurate too.


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Our tempered edge-cut nut files produce round-bottom slots, to ensure that the 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 that a few thousands 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.

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.


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right tool right job

By Mudbug765 from Hartford City, IN
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Gotta have the right tool for the job. Necessary to adjust string nut slot depth. No teeth on the sides, just the edges, love these files.

Not bad

By Chucka from Melbourne, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 02, 2011


The 0.010" width file is a little on the flimsy side, but does the job well.

the best choice!!

By andreluth from Curitiba Paran+í Brazil
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, July 30, 2011


I have sure I did the right choice !! the best files for to work my guitar

Fretting is more easy !!

By andreluth from Curitiba Paran+í Brazil
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, July 30, 2011


I have been used this fret wire and the are very good and accurate!!
Thanks again!!

Great

By MidnightGuitarRepair from Rochester NY
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, July 05, 2011


These files cut quickly and leave nice round bottom slots. Make sure to lube them up with procut to avoid chipping out bone nuts.

Nut Slotting Files

By Marksp from Harper, KS
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, June 20, 2011


This is a great product, it saves time and allows for a professional job, it is so easy to get the right fit for the strings and height on the fret board.

good for square strings

By aNovitiate
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, June 08, 2011


These files make square nut slots, which are great if you play square strings.

For those of use who use round strings, a tangential touch to preclude the string from wandering left or right in the nut ... minimizes string damping in the nut.

A 'V'-shaped file makes for minimal string damping within the nut.

First time .

By Jocko from Scotland
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, June 05, 2011


Got these so I could adjust a compensating nut and though it was my first time I made a respectable job off it. I will buy more to give me a wider range.

Gauged nut files

By Lunatic from Cornwall Ontario Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 29, 2011


I have ten guitars and love to experiment, i own just about every profile of mini files, they have all been shelved since i got the right tool for the right job. Could've saved allot of heartaches, and now i love showing them off.

Essential tools, but wear down quickly

By Arthur Z from New Orleans, LA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 29, 2011


I have made about 5 bone nuts in the past few months. It now takes me only two hours to make one, and another half hour to screw it up. These files are essential and work well. However, I find that the edges wear quickly. So use lesser tools for the rough fit, and save these for the precision finish work.

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