Guitar builders, i have a question

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  1. Wildeman

    Wildeman Well-Known Member

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    I'm thinking of buying a nice set of nut files and wanted to ask, how many and what sizes do you actually use?
    Ive been getting by with needle files and sandpaper for years and just want a nice gauged set but cant see having 20 files.....unless its completely necessary. I work on electric's, acoustic's and steels.
    Thanks
     
  2. South Park

    South Park Well-Known Member

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    A cutting torch tip cleaner might work for that
     
  3. Gene Ballzz

    Gene Ballzz Well-Known Member

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    Either here:

    http://japarts.ca/Uo-Chikyu/Uo-Chikyu-Products-Nut-Files.asp
    Here:
    https://www.philadelphialuthiertools.com/files-and-rasps/
    Or Here:
    https://www.tubesandmore.com/products/nut-file-edge-cut-guitars
    The best pricing though would be if you can open an account with CE distribution which is actually tied in/part of the same company as the "Tubes And More" linked above.
    https://www.cedist.com/products/tools-2?filters=Type=Files

    And yeah, a torch cleaner set may help out with cleaning up and/or adjusting a nut slot, but most folks feel their time is worth much more than trying to actually "cut" a nut with them!

    Just My $.02,
    Gene
     
  4. South Park

    South Park Well-Known Member

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    Jewelers files might work. Tip cleaners are not that sturdy the small one bend to easy
     
  5. Wildeman

    Wildeman Well-Known Member

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    I'll probably just buy a set of six and get started.
     
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    The nut files are gauged to the string, the slot is cut only slightly larger than the string size.
    For a .010 string, you might use a .011 file.
    So which files size you buy depends on the strings diameter you are using.
     
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  8. Wildeman

    Wildeman Well-Known Member

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    Those look cool. I have quite a few guits with crappy nuts and im sick of it. Like five right off the bat will get new one's so it's definitely time to invest. I'll probably get a crowning file while I'm at it. Shoot last nut i had made for my Manjo cost me 80 bux, more than half way there to a nice file set.
     
  9. paul hancher

    paul hancher Well-Known Member

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    when i got my set of nut files i got a set to cover six string guitars. since then i have put new nuts on a couple of basses that i have. i am still using the guitar files but have learned to “roll” the file to cut a larger slot. it pretty easy actually.

    if i was doing nuts regularly i would invest in additional files.
     
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