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Joel_B

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02-11-2016 05:32 PM

looking to buy some nut files and found these:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DQJOVRU?keywords=guitar%20nut%20files&qid=1455211882&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

I like the fact they are amazon prime and the CEO of Grizzly is a guitar enthusiast.
Is there something else better for the cost?

Thanks

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA


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#1 posted 02-11-2016 05:41 PM

For the cost. I dought it.

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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#2 posted 02-11-2016 07:14 PM

After looking some more at nut files, I think I really only need 3 files since the strings are 0.028, 0.032, 0.040, 0.028, 0.033, 0.041. I am nut sure if the slots should be the same width as the string or slightly wider. Files come in the following sizes:

0.028, 0.032, 0.035, 0.042, 0.046

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#3 posted 02-11-2016 07:39 PM

Stewart-MacDonald (stewmac.com) has individual nut files in twelve sizes for $13.73 each. Stew-Mac is the go to place for luthier supplies.

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#4 posted 02-11-2016 08:14 PM



Stewart-MacDonald (stewmac.com) has individual nut files in twelve sizes for $13.73 each. Stew-Mac is the go to place for luthier supplies.

- Kazooman

Yeah some of their stuff is pricey but the files seem ok, was going to buy the nut and saddle vise and bone nut blank all at the same time. This is for fixing my current guitar but plan to build guitars in the future.
I am thinking I could get by with just the 0.028, 0.032, and 0.042 files. I can always make the slots a little wider by pushing the file sideways.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#5 posted 02-11-2016 09:16 PM

Stewart-MacDonald (stewmac.com) has individual nut files in twelve sizes for $13.73 each. Stew-Mac is the go to place for luthier supplies.

- Kazooman

Yeah some of their stuff is pricey but the files seem ok, was going to buy the nut and saddle vise and bone nut blank all at the same time. This is for fixing my current guitar but plan to build guitars in the future.
I am thinking I could get by with just the 0.028, 0.032, and 0.042 files. I can always make the slots a little wider by pushing the file sideways.

- Joel_B

The files come in so many sizes because making wider slots by pushing a small file sideways isn’t a good idea. Way to easy to overdo it and end up with a nut that buzzes when an open string is struck. The good thing about the Stew-Mac files is you can purchase individual sizes, not just a set. Easy to add on a few more files later on if you need to make nuts for different gauge strings.

I have done quite a bit of repair work on my own gear, but haven’t ever attempted building from scratch. I think there is quite a learning curve, but it would be a lot of fun. You can probably tell from my screen name that I live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. There are a lot of luthiers around here, some going way back to the Gibson days.

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#6 posted 02-11-2016 10:20 PM

I bought an 8 piece set of Ibanez files a couple years ago for about $70, but I can’t seem to find the dealer. Nut files are about the most expensive single tool you absolutely need for building a guitar from scratch. It’s a shame you can’t rent them, ‘cuz $90 buys a lot of nuts before you make your money back.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#7 posted 02-11-2016 11:38 PM


Stewart-MacDonald (stewmac.com) has individual nut files in twelve sizes for $13.73 each. Stew-Mac is the go to place for luthier supplies.

- Kazooman

Yeah some of their stuff is pricey but the files seem ok, was going to buy the nut and saddle vise and bone nut blank all at the same time. This is for fixing my current guitar but plan to build guitars in the future.
I am thinking I could get by with just the 0.028, 0.032, and 0.042 files. I can always make the slots a little wider by pushing the file sideways.

- JoelB

The files come in so many sizes because making wider slots by pushing a small file sideways isn t a good idea. Way to easy to overdo it and end up with a nut that buzzes when an open string is struck. The good thing about the Stew-Mac files is you can purchase individual sizes, not just a set. Easy to add on a few more files later on if you need to make nuts for different gauge strings.

I have done quite a bit of repair work on my own gear, but haven t ever attempted building from scratch. I think there is quite a learning curve, but it would be a lot of fun. You can probably tell from my screen name that I live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. There are a lot of luthiers around here, some going way back to the Gibson days.

- Kazooman

Stewart-MacDonald (stewmac.com) has individual nut files in twelve sizes for $13.73 each. Stew-Mac is the go to place for luthier supplies.

- Kazooman

Yeah some of their stuff is pricey but the files seem ok, was going to buy the nut and saddle vise and bone nut blank all at the same time. This is for fixing my current guitar but plan to build guitars in the future.
I am thinking I could get by with just the 0.028, 0.032, and 0.042 files. I can always make the slots a little wider by pushing the file sideways.

- JoelB

The files come in so many sizes because making wider slots by pushing a small file sideways isn t a good idea. Way to easy to overdo it and end up with a nut that buzzes when an open string is struck. The good thing about the Stew-Mac files is you can purchase individual sizes, not just a set. Easy to add on a few more files later on if you need to make nuts for different gauge strings.

I have done quite a bit of repair work on my own gear, but haven t ever attempted building from scratch. I think there is quite a learning curve, but it would be a lot of fun. You can probably tell from my screen name that I live in Kalamazoo, Michigan. There are a lot of luthiers around here, some going way back to the Gibson days.

- Kazooman

By sideways I meant only to open the slot a few thousands if needed, I guess it won’t be needed if I use the right files. A good luthier I know recommended I get two StewMac double sided files that will cover all the string sizes I need so I will go with that. I contacted a local guitar shop and they wanted $75 to make a nut, I won’t be spend much more than that for the files, vise and bone nut blank.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#8 posted 02-12-2016 01:07 AM

That’s a pretty high price for a nut replacement. I’ve mostly seen $30-40. But a lot of people like those StewMac files. Don’t forget the half-pencil trick to trace the outline of your frets on the blank.

And sanding bone smells terrible.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#9 posted 02-12-2016 03:46 AM

Joel, glad to hear you had decided to go with StewMac files. I was not aware of the double sided files. That sounds like a good choice. I think that you will be glad in the long run that you decided to get your files from a good luthier supplier.

Shampeon Yes, bone smells terrible. It reminds me of the smell of having my dentist grind down a rough spot on my teeth. Not a pleasant experience. It’s amazing how smells can evoke such strong memories.

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