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Nut and Saddle Shaping Files

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Two files, four cutting surfaces! Refined in our own shops for smoother, easier nut and saddle shaping.

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Nut and Saddle Shaping Files
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4556 Set of 2 files Yes

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This pair of specialty files is ideal for roughing-in and fine-shaping the delicate contours of string nuts and acoustic bridge saddles. Using the files in combination, you can quickly refine a rough-cut nut to a smooth shape, ready for final polishing. The narrow cutting width makes it easier to round the top of a nut or bridge saddle more smoothly and accurately.

Each steel file is 10" (254.00mm) long with a rubber-coated handle for comfort, and has two different 5-3/4" x 1/4" (146.05mm x 6.35mm) cutting surfaces. That's four cuts in all: Coarse, Medium, Fine, and Extra Fine. The narrow 1/8" (3.18mm) edges are smooth.

Both Nut and Saddle Shaping Files are included in the Essential Nut Making Tool Kit, which has all the basic tools you'll need for shaping, string-spacing, slotting and fitting string nuts like a pro.

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Nut and Saddle Shaping Files
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5 3-06-2014
Solid, versatile files

So far, I've used these files to shape a TUSQ XL nut as well as doing some shaping on an LP's control cavity cover. I will soon be using them to help in rough-shaping a neck after rasping. The files have held up very well to the work I've used them for so far, and I expect that they will be sticking around for quite a while. A very worthwhile investment for my collection of tools.

Steve A  Central NJ
5 2-13-2014
Really Smooth Action! These files are excellent!

These files are a joy to use. The action is very smooth when shaping bone. Rounding over the headstock side of the nut took no time at all with these, and the finer cut files really did smooth out the flat spots before final sanding/polishing. I also used them to widen and square up a poorly made nut slot (where the nut actually sits), but for that job, it would be better if the edges of the file were ground down a bit to make the edges a bit more square so the edges of the teeth wont dig in to the nut's perch so much.

Rockin' Mike Burton  Canada Read my reviews (22)
5 1-25-2014
The best, as usual

Thank you again Stewmac. These nut files are easy to hold and provided enough file area to get the job done.

Pettymusic  Florida Read my reviews (2)
5 8-24-2013
another great tool

wonderful files. another complement to every tool made by stewmac. Thanks!

JoseSRV  Argentina Read my reviews (11)
5 8-24-2013
Excelent, fats, acurate, and has nice grits.

That's it, nothing more to say.

BrunoLobão  Brazil - Rio de Janeiro Read my reviews (15)
5 7-07-2013
Multi purpose tools

This is a great set of files I use all the time! I use them not only for bridge and nut jobs, but they are great when doing the final shaping of pickguards and other plastic parts. Also, they do a good job cleaning the end of the fretboard after removing a nut. -GitFix-

Preben Kobro  Arendal, Norway Read my reviews (8)
5 6-21-2013
Great Files

If you are already making your own nuts then you cant live without these...

Guilherme Brederode  Lisboa, Portugal Read my reviews (11)
5 3-21-2013

Great tool, handle comfort, working with wood and nut.

Carlos Girón  Ny Read my reviews (28)
5 3-20-2013
Great set

If you're the kind of person that wants to do everything the traditional way, this set is for you. It will let you try them all to discover which one you like best.

Fleer  Imperial, Mo. Read my reviews (29)
5 11-17-2012
Just What the Doctor Ordered

"The Lone Star Special", a brand new, hand-made parlor guitar which I helped design and a friend built, looked great but sounded buzzy and was hard to keep in tune. The nut had not yet been shaped, so I ordered StewMac's Nut and Saddle Shaping File Set (4556) and went to work. Thanks to StewMac's wonderful on-line fix-it tips, I used an old credit card to protect The Lone Star's headstock as I filed away on the bone nut using both files. About 15 minutes later I was done. The nut was nicely shaped, there was no damage to the headstock or fingerboard, and my parlor guitar sounded terrific--buzz free and in tune. I'm not a craftsperson or builder, but I now have the chops and confidence to re-glue ukulele bridges and shape guitar nuts!! Thank you, StewMac!! A great File Set for shaping stringed instrument nuts.

Uncle Don  Woodstock, Ct Read my reviews (4)
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