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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

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.

5.0

Makes Nut Change a breeze!

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Verified Buyer


Made changing the nut on my '64 Kawai a breeze, and now it plays like new (better, actually!)!

5.0

I wish I had bought this earlier.

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Verified Buyer


Very simple to use. I already had a set of feeler gages that work great. I’ve used it on an electric nut so far. Will be trying classical next. The jaws are wide enough for my classical but I think a chunk of cork may be needed to properly fit classical neck. As usual a well thought out tool that simply works.

5.0

Can't imagine not having one!

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Verified Buyer


This a great time and money saving tool that's worth every penny. Remember not to overtighten or you'll hump the feeler gauges and have inaccurate slots in the middle. Also, keep a log of what stacked gauges you use on each customer's guitar(s) so you can knock out another new nut quickly if they ever need an emergency nut!

5.0

Easier and quicker than the fret height gauge.

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Verified Buyer


This solved a problem about cutting nut slots too deep and having to replace nuts. Very accurate and well thought out. I was able to improve the set up on all of my guitars, make it easier to play in first position and correct any intonation problems within the first three. frets. I strongly recommend.

5.0

Idiot Proof

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Verified Buyer


I already had some feeler gauges and thought that would be enough to rubber band them to the neck. I could never get the right tension or the center would bow up too high. Used this with my preexisting gauges and it made the whole nut-making process idiot proof. Definitely would recommend!

5.0

Get it now!

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Verified Buyer


How did i not have this already?!? With a little math and a little assembly you can have perfect string slots in your nut. Worth every single penny!!

1.0

Still have not made it usable with necks with volutes

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Verified Buyer


Still have not made it usable with necks with volutes
I bought this system and it does not work with the majority of acoustic guitars made by Guikd, Martin or Gibson’s, because they have volutes work for Fender necks and Taylors
The acoustics we build as well as the majority of boutique builders guitars have volute necks
Make version that works with volute necks

Response from StewMac


Hi Craig,

Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us, we genuinely appreciate that. We are sorry to hear that the StewMac Safe Slot Nut Guard did not work for you as expected. If any of our products fail to meet your expectations, you are welcome to send it back for a refund, exchange, or store credit. If you can, send us an email at service@stewmac.com so that we can further assist you. In the meantime, I have passed your feedbak on to our Product Development team for their consideration.

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