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The PQL-5000-00 is a perfect option to replace and upgrade the nut in almost all Fender style electric guitars. It will work in both a flat bottom or curved bottom nut slot due to it's ingenious design.
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TUSQ XL is engineered from the same material as TUSQ and is impregnated with PTFE which is five times more slippery than graphite. It has all the tonal benefits of TUSQ, bringing out the hidden harmonics of your guitar all while drastically improving tuning performance.
Tech's notes: "Replacement nuts and saddles typically measure slightly larger than necessary to ensure a tight fit. The extra material is easily shaped down with fine grit sandpaper. The most important thing to check is that the string spacing is a close match to your existing nut."
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Decided to buy a graph tech TUSQ XL slotted strat nut, to replace the current nut.
In appearance, it looked nicely dressed, wonder how this job is going to fair out?
Bought a Fender labelled neck, last year, the original rosewood frets were filed down many years ago, no crown, meant some fretted notes sounded odd with some overdrive dialed in, on that guitar. My only concern of this just above entry price replacement neck, the nut’s strings slots, were not dressed that well, worked on those, so, so results, mainly the open G string plucked, sounded fizzy.
Looked at video presentation on tips when doing this task, it was pointed out, Fender nuts are set in a machined out slot, therefore, removal of the current nut, requires tender loving care.
First item mention, the nut is usually installed before the clear coat finish is applied, I followed the recommended advice, score both sides with a razor knife, and this prevents the coating from chipping, when pulling the old nut up, good advice, worked, my old nut broke in two, the new one better work!
With the slot cleaned, the TUSQ nut didn’t press in or go in while tapping lightly on this nut? Another presentation, showed, sanding the new nut, none labeled side. Used 400 grit black sand paper laying flat on my counter top, pressing in the middle, then started pressing at one end (back forth sanding) This takes patience, check the fit, both ends, until it can press partially in the slot, snug fit.
This nut is slightly wider then the neck, looking at both high or low E strings, determined the best string position, before tapping down, into the slot, this is the beauty of doing your own work, I know on other respectable Fender electric guitar that I own, one of the outer E string can slip off the neck, while playing. A well set up instrument strings run parallel and slippage off the neck is fixed, nice to play a great dialed in guitar, rewarding.
With the new nut pressed in, I strung up this axe, used my gauge drill (1.4 mm diameter) to see if the gap is close as the original nut, surprising it was, bonus. Stretched and tuned up all six strings, played my chops, oh yeah, sweet results.
The nut is slightly wider on both ends, once I decide what clear coat I can apply to each side of the nuts length, then I'll touch up the over hand with a file. This guitar simply is a thrill to play