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Nut and Saddle Sander

Nut and Saddle Sander

Nut and Saddle Sander

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Nut and Saddle Sander

About This Item

Perfectly square nuts and saddles in seconds
For solid contact and good tone, the bottom of a nut or saddle must be squared up. This "vise on wheels" is the fastest, surest way to do this.

Solves the tone trouble caused by poor fit
Hand-sanding a nut or saddle, it's hard not to tilt it one direction or the other. The result is a poor fit in the slot—always a tone problem, but especially with undersaddle pickups.

The Nut and Saddle Sander holds the nut or saddle perfectly vertical while you roll it over sandpaper on a flat surface. Adjustment screws set the amount you want to remove, and in moments the piece is squared up and truly flat.

"This takes the guesswork out of squaring up for a perfect fit. More accurate and faster, a win-win!"
—Matt Brooker, guitar repairman and StewMac tech advisor

  • Aluminum body with steel ball bearing rollers
  • Works with any nut/saddle material up to 3-1/4" x 3/8" (82mm x 10mm)

Watch our videos: Erick Coleman shows how he uses this tool. Roberto Fontanot, inventor of the Nut and Saddle Sander, demonstrates from his shop in Italy.

    How to use the Nut and Saddle Sander
  • Use Stikit sandpaper on a flat surface.
  • Tighten the nut or saddle in the spring-loaded jaw. To hold a nut, remove the inner spring tensioner.
  • There are two sets of holes for the height adjusters: close for nuts, wide for saddles.
  • Each mark on the height-adjusters equals approximately one tenth of a millimeter.
  • When the wheels start turning, you’ve reached your preset height, and milled the nut or saddle flat.

The Nut & Saddle Sander is created by Roberto Fontanot of Heart Sound, an Italian company specializing in acoustic amplification. Roberto has worked with leading artists including Tommy Emmanuel and Steve Vai, and is now in charge of Research and Development at Eko Guitars.



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4.0

Adjust acoustic action

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Verified Buyer


The action on my hummingbird was too high after checking neck straightness. The action at the 12th fret was 1mm too high so I was able to mark the saddle to remove 2mm (twice the excess height at the 12th fret) by sanding down the saddle using the nut and saddle sanding tool. This enabled me to get a perfectly flat and square bottom edge on the saddle. Not a cheap tool but perfect for the job.

5.0

A very accurate time saver

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Verified Buyer


I work on guitars mostly as a hobby and try to specialize in set ups. For electrics and acoustics of course doing a nut modification or replacement comes up. The same occurs for a saddle on acoustics. I've quickly learned how important a true level bottom is. Having done a few by hand and the time that it took when I saw this tool I had to consider buying it. While it seemed a bit pricey to me, I realized the first job I used it on that it was well worth it. In my opinion, it is easy to use and produces a true and level result. I highly recommend this quality tool.

5.0

Is too easy to lower bridge saddle

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Verified Buyer


I've got a 36 year old Classical Guitar, great sound, by the action is a little high. Have already dropped the action across the bridge by 0.030". Playabilty is better, next step will be to drop bass side another 0.020" and re-evaluate.

5.0

Indispensable

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Verified Buyer


I bought this a couple of years ago and it has proven indispensable. One of the most used tools in my shop. Still need to use care, but delivers great consistently good results.

4.0

QC Issues with this one

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Verified Buyer


As usual, my order arrived promptly and securely. However, on inspection, using a known-to-be-flat engineering toolmakers' granite block, the wheels (which are actually bearings) proved to be non co-planar, i.e. the whole thing wobbled. One of the wheels was just under three thousandths out of alignment, rendering the whole thing not fit for purpose. Now, that doesn't sound like much, but if you cut a nut that is out of flat by any amount at all, it significantly reduces the energy within the system, effectively acting as a damper. And that's why you buy this tool.

Naturally, StewMac's response was swift and thorough. The replacement's packing slip implied that it had been hand picked to check for accuracy, and it indeed was. I understand that any company such as this has to have a degree of faith in their suppliers' products and that they cannot hand check every single thing that comes through their warehouse. Their willingness to stand behind their products goes a long way to make up for this.

So: one star for the initial product; five stars for its replacement and five stars for StewMac's response to the problem. This is why I buy stuff from them. However, it's perhaps something you should look out for if you purchase this tool. Oh, and it's really nice to use!

5.0

Finally flat nuts and saddles!!!

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Verified Buyer


I've been repairing guitars and basses for many years and it's easy to hear when you don't have good contact between your nut and neck. Sometimes you get lucky and everything just matches up perfectly and you're good. Now every time I install a nut or saddle I can get that perfectly flat surface every time. Yeah, it may seem a bit expensive, but getting a flat surface the first time and hearing how the string vibration turns into glorious tone with the better contact to the slot and how impressed your customers are with the tone of their instrument, it's worth every penny!!

5.0

Dollar for dollar, one of the handiest devices offered by StewMac

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I've been using this elegant little doodad for nearly three years now and must offer my endorsement to those of my predecessors. I used to vaguely dread the process of making and / or adjusting nuts and saddles, which could be tedious. No more. This is easy to use, fast and accurate. Jump on it!

5.0

extremely accurate tool

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Verified Buyer


If trying to sand down a saddle, this is the way to do it. I've sanded holding the saddle in my hands trying to keep it balanced level and it can be done but it's hard to hold it steady. This tool makes it fool proof and is super easy to use and get perfect results every time.

5.0

Making nuts has never been this simple.

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Verified Buyer


Great tool. A must have for nut making.

5.0

No more rounded over nuts!

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Verified Buyer


This tool is great! It sands the bottoms of a nut while staying perfectly square. I used to use a block of wood as a fence and I would somehow get an angle or a rounded over bottom edge to the nut. Not any longer! I highly recommend this tool!

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