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Gauged Nut Slotting Files

About This Item

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 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.


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 files

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I bought 4 of these for Ukes - 028, 032, 035 and 042. Just file away until the file touches a 050 feeler guage placed on the fingerboard - perfect!
Chris

5.0

well worth the money

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If you can afford these files buy them.They make your work so much faster and easier.Tip cleaners and feeler gauges for files are not accurate.These files will last forever if taken care of.

5.0

I agree with everyone else.

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I got a set of these as a Christmas gift, from my luthier brother-in-law. As I play with dainty strings (mostly nines), I added the .010 file to the collection.

They work.

Are there better ones? Maybe...but I won't be looking for them.

They work. That's good enough for me.

5.0

invaluable

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I've made countless nuts with these files. Their flat sides can be useful if using spacers to determine your slot positions. For example, I have found it useful to slot a small nut-sized piece of wood and get the spacing perfect. Then clamp this piece with your bone blank in the vise. The wooden piece acts as a template for transferring the slot positions - similar to using an old nut, but more accurate! These files are perfect for this method.

5.0

beats a pocket knife

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I have two sets (one for steel strings, one for nylon strings). Use to use a gent saw and a pocket knife to make slots. These files do a wonderful job. Well worth the money.

5.0

a MUST have for alternate tunings

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I set up my guitars with many different tunings with different string gauges.
These do a wonderful job of help me set up each of my guitars for the specific gauge set!

5.0

Great & Excellent!!!!

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Nothing to say... simply wonderful and a must have tool for nut filing!!!

5.0

Does the job.

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Only complaint is I wish the .010 and .013 didn't wear out so fast but I guess that's to be expected since they are thin and I used them a fair amount. Works great!

5.0

Exactly what you need!

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These made achieving proper string height and slot width on the nut a breeze.

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Nut Slotting Files

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These produce a very nice rounded shape for the nut slot with parallel vertical sides. I found matching the file gauge with the string gauge made the strings a pretty tight fit so I rock the file from side to side slightly to open the slot out a bit.The parallel sides of the file mean that if you haven't cut the nut top pretty close to the final profile the file snags a bit.

Overall I prefer the shape of the slot produced with this file than the double sided version which I also use (but doesn't snag)which produces a V shaped slot.

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