Here's a device that will revolutionize the way you set up a guitar. The Nut Slotting Gauge quickly and precisely measures the heights of the strings over the first fret, so you can file nut slot depths more accurately than ever before. That means easier, more consistent playability, that you can custom-tailor to individual instruments and playing styles. No more guesswork or "eyeballing" the string heights, and no more searching for elusive combinations of feeler gauges.
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.
Putting the new Nut Slotting Gauge to work on a "burn victim" guitar
In this issue:
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. Read more...