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StewMac Safe Slot Nut Guard

StewMac Safe Slot Nut Guard

StewMac Safe Slot Nut Guard, Complete Set

Complete Set

Item # 1795
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$107.76

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StewMac Safe Slot Nut Guard Neck Caul

Neck Caul

Item # 1796
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$45.85

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StewMac Safe Slot Nut Guard String Spacing Rule

String Spacing Rule

Item # 0674
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$12.12

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StewMac Safe Slot Nut Guard Acoustic Wedge

Acoustic Wedge

Item # 1797
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$13.74

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StewMac Safe Slot Nut Guard Electric Wedge

Electric Wedge

Item # 1798
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$13.22

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Feeler Gauges

Feeler Gauges

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StewMac Safe Slot Nut Guard

About This Item

Stop your file before the slot’s too deep!

Cutting string slots is delicate: if you cut one slot a little too low, you've blown the nut and have to start over. StewMac's own Don MacRostie devised the Safe Slot™ to make accurate nut slotting fast and fumble-free. He shows us how it's done in the video!

A trick the pros use:
Stack feeler gauges against the nut to set your slot depth. When the slotting saw touches the feeler gauges, you've hit your depth. The Safe Slot Nut Guard holds the feeler gauges tightly against the nut, and curved to the radius of your fingerboard. This leaves both hands free for filing. You're able to work faster without worrying about cutting too deep.

  • Holds multiple feeler gauges
  • Pulls gauges tight to match fretboard radius
  • Locks in place against the nut. No slipping!

Perfect string spacing without math
For good playing feel, don't use equal spaces between the strings. Wound strings are thicker, so they need more space than thinner treble strings. In fact, every string space needs to be a little different to feel right in the player's hand.

This set includes tapered wedges for both electric and acoustic guitars to mark out your trim line and a slim version of our String Spacing Rule to show where to put your string slots. Slide it into the Safe Slot, same as a feeler gauge, and see exactly where each string belongs. No measuring, dividing or calculating. Replace the rule with your feeler gauges and you're ready to cut nut slots. Thanks to luthier Ron Baran for the idea of adding this slim spacing rule to the set.

The Safe Slot's felt-padded caul adapts to most neck shapes, and any fingerboard width up to 2-1/16".

    Safe Slot Nut Guard Complete Set includes:
  • Safe Slot Nut Guard
  • Electric and acoustic wedges for trimming the nut top
  • String Spacing Rule to locate nut slots
  • Feeler Gauge Set (size 6" x 1/2")
  • includes 11 thicknesses:
    .016" .022" .028" .034"
    .018" .024" .030" .040"
    .020" .026" .032"


CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.


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5.0

Great and useful tool

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Verified Buyer


This is a very helpful but slotting tool.... if used properly, you’ll never overcut a nut again!!! Well done StewMac!!!

5.0

Works as advertised.

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Verified Buyer


I needed to lower the strings on a nice Martin acoustic I had recently bought, and didn't want to mess up the nut. I had watched a couple of videos with this in them, so I had an idea how to use it. I think one video said it comes with an acoustic wedge, and one for electric. It doesn't., but you can accomplish the same effect with a set of feeler gauges. I got the job accomplished, and didn't mess up the nut. It is well built. I would definitely recommend this to anyone doing nut work.

5.0

all I've purchased over the years

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Verified Buyer


Great item for nut slotting...makes final depth easy to obtain. All the items I've purchased over years have been great.....service has been the same. So yeah....thanks Stew Mac.

5.0

no more guess work!

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Verified Buyer


huge time saver! cut till you hear the scrape of the file, too easy. I see my self using these tools for more than nut making.
Stewmac rocks!

5.0

Great invention

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Verified Buyer


When time is limited this item, when used properly, is a great time saver.

5.0

Nut slot time saver!

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Verified Buyer


I did them by hand. Nut, slot files and a pencil. Came out great, but I'm older now, so it took time to make sure I was on the mark. Now, Slot Guard and feeler set....its a snap, I'm never to deep and talk about saved time! Thanks StewMac.

5.0

What can I say?  Another great tool set.  Bo-o-o-ring.

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Verified Buyer


Every time I get a tool or set of tools from StewMac, I am amazed at the quality of the tools and how well the tools work with each other. And if anything is wrong or missing, StewMac takes care of it with alacrity (nothing to fix this time). This nut slotting kit took the place of a hodge-podge of tools I used to use for the same purposes, and helps avoid the problems I sometimes made for myself by eyeballing something instead of measuring it. Well done, StewMac.

5.0

Un magnifico paquete de herramientas

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Verified Buyer


Este conjunto de herramientas facilita y acorta el tiempo de ejecución de las cejillas, gran herramienta

5.0

On the Money!

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Verified Buyer


The safe slot nut guard is an excellent product.Take some time to become failure with the steps necessary to include when laying out the string spacing and the adding up of the total height above the fret board that ends the filing of string slots. Watch several you tube presentations that show how to properly complete the procedures. Every set up is based on the customers preference and your overcoming all of the negative variables that affect the successful setup of the instrument. A good challenge can be fun and rewarding.

5.0

Great time saving, precision  tool

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Verified Buyer


For most guitars this is an incredible time saver. After a little practice on some blank nuts, my first nut for a Strat turned out perfect! It really makes short work of tweaking pre-slotted nuts. This was what I was hoping for. Thanks! This is a great addition to my other StewMac tools. I highly recommend the Safe Slot Nut Guard system.

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