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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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Nut files!!

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For a long time i expected to get these wonderful files, they worth each cent, i used in the day i received them in a guitar and the result came immediately, in the past i used to work with some jewellery files, another world....really fantastic.

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Glad I bought them their files.

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What a pleasure to do the job with the right tools. If you are going to be making and installing nuts you have got to use these files. Period.

5.0

Accurate control, High quality.

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These files put an accurate groove for the string to rest/slide on. I am very pleased with these.

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Gauged Nut Slotting File

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These files are worth the money. They are very well made and I find them a necessity in my shop for slotting nuts. I used to use a small set of jeweler's files but these files are superior by all standards.

You will love them!

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gauged nut slotting files

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Simply does the job first time every time quickly and properly. Nut slots are an important part of the setting up of any stringed musical instrument. Would buy these again

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Nothing beats the right tool

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Nothing beats the right tool for the job. These work great, even the fine 010. Don't waste time improvising.

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gauged nut files work right on !

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These cut perfect string slots. Nice profile, good grit. They cut fast, so be careful and take your time. They do a great job!

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Yeah, these are pretty much amazing

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Finally broke down and bought a proper set of nut slotting files. I'm impressed by how fast and straight they can slot bone nuts. Even you, tiny little 0.010" file! You're tougher than you look.

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These gauged nut files are great.

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I just bought an assortment of these, and did the set up on an 1890's S.S. Stewart banjo as soon as I got them. I've always used Grobet nut files and I love them, but they are getting harder to find, getting more expensive with current exchange rates, and there are a lot more sizes of these gauged nut slotting files than Grobet offers.


It was hard to make the plunge and cross over from what I was used to, but so far I am very happy with these. I can not yet say how well they hold up in the long term, but as far as using them I am very happy and it was great having more precise sizes to choose from (important when using Aquila nylgut strings). I will add that (as with any nut file) a little wax on the sides makes using them very smooth.

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Here i can find all that i need and from France,the shipping is fast and excellent,thanks St.Mc Do.!

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