Nut Slot Gauge
Nut Slot Gauge
Introducing the Music City Bridge “Nut Slot Gauge.” This simple and effective tool ensures you achieve the lowest possible nut action while eliminating open-string buzz.
With four built-in preferences of bump up above a "zero" fret - 0.000 (in thousandths of inches), 0.003, 0.005, and 0.008, the Nut Slot Gauge easily and accurately measures your nut slots' current height, with or without strings, and unaffected by action or the truss rod setting. This helps you achieve the softest feel and also the least detuning due to grip.
How to use the Nut Slot Gauge:
- Move the string out of the slot.
- Place the measuring gauge into the slot and slide the tool toward the bridge.
- If you hear a click, then the nut is taller than the gauge.
- If you don't, the nut is lower than the gauge.
"The nut slot height is one of the most critical and routinely neglected aspects of a great guitar setup. It is difficult to control the depth within the tight tolerances that are required. You work the slot down slowly until it’s just right, but if you go too far the string buzzes and you have to start again! The Music City Bridge “Nut Slot Gauge” provides the instant and dependable working feedback necessary to control and refine slot depth and deliver a top-notch nut setup every time."
- Ned Steinberger
I received the very well made tool and learned how to us it and inspected several guitars of different scale lengths and was super surprised at the status variations on the various strings both between guitars and on same guitar. Tells me this is a highly either ignored area or players are less sensitive to it than thought. Where I am going use this tool is going to be the first step in setups versus last. (This is something I’ve never come to grips with, I’ve always believed it should be first. I’m sure there will be push back.) If you set nut height first and capo at first fret and set relief (to personal preference, I like ~none) and bridge height where a hard struck string doesn’t buzz, in that order works for me. If you adjust nut last I think solid chance bridge gets readjusted to get rid of buzz.
I have some old injuries in my fretting forearm, so a low action at the bridge, AND the nut is imperative for me. I always filed my nuts by sight, which of course always lead to the baking soda fill trick. Yes, I bought the nut filling kit from Music City Bridge before the Nut Filing Gauge came out, but I prefer doing it right the first time, lol. So here’s the deal, if you want a nut height tool that works correctly, and can get the absolute best playability, you’d be crazy not to buy this easy to use tool. Don’t go buying some crazy expensive nut height tool without at least trying this one first. I promise you’ll love it!
Very simple and straightforward to use. Allows you to get your desired nut height easier than feeler gauges. Just pick the corner that matches the height you want, and use the tip of that corner to slide off to hear a click. If you hear a click, it’s higher than the size you want. Once the gauge can slide in and out with no click, you’ve reached your desired height
Love this nut slot depth tool. Fast and easy to use.
It works. My only issue was the dimensions it is check are so small, it’s almost impossible to see the “notch”. But it’s there and it works.
I have a brand new Gibson Les Paul that has been drifting ever so slightly after I tune it. It also seemed to pull sharp more than normal when fretting notes/chords in the 1st thru 5th frets. My guess was the nut spots needed some tweaking and this gauge confirmed it.
Took about 10 minutes to carefully check and recut the slots…problem solved. Cool. Thanks.
A FINE TOOL LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE THAT JOE GLASER SELLS AND SOME HE DESIGNS HIMSELF. HE DIDN'T GET TO RESTORE VINCE GILL'S FLOOD RAVAGED GUITARS BECAUSE HE WASN'T ANYTHING BUT THE BEST. HE DOESN'T SELL JUNK. I'VE TRUSTED HIM WITH MY COLLINGS OM3 AND MY '30's GIBSON ARCHTOP. HE'S THE BEST.
Very simple device but it’s a great little tool to hone in your nut. Highly recommend it. I plan on using it with all my setups.
Matter of the fact, every single item I’ve purchased from music city bridge has been outstanding!
If they’re selling a product, it’s because it’s good and you can’t get it anywhere else. Easy five stars!
I’m still getting familiar with the tool. It’s such a minute measurement, one thousandths increments. Looking forward to improving my nut slots! My only criticism is: the gauge had glue smeared on the face. It cleaned up easily with some naptha but I think a little more care would be in order. Thx
Handy for checking nut slots without the strings in the way, otherwise, I would just fret the third fret and check the clearance under the string on the second fret.
This should come with instructions.
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