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Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL 1/4" Epiphone Style Slotted Nut 

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The Graph Tech Trem-Nut goes great with locking tuners for bind-free super-stable tuning. Resonant base material provides good tone transfer.Black TU...Click To Read More About This Product

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Teflon-impregnated self-lubricating head-nut to end string binding forever!

The Graph Tech Trem-Nut goes great with locking tuners for bind-free super-stable tuning. Resonant base material provides good tone transfer.


Black TUSQ XL F.A.Q


What is Black TUSQ XL?

Black TUSQ XL is a proprietary material which is precision engineered under high pressure and heat. It is impregnated with Teflon throughout so it reduces the friction between the nut material and the string. It is specifically formulated to deliver the right frequencies with the optimum transfer rate to the top of your guitar every time. Because of the way Black TUSQ XL is made, it is a consistent material that is rich in tone and harmonic content.

Can I modify Black TUSQ XL to fit my guitar?

Due to Black TUSQ XL™s consistency it is extremely easy to work with. You can easily modify it with fine grit sandpaper or other commonly used shaping tools.

What is the difference between Black TUSQ XL and a TUSQ nut?

The biggest difference is that Black TUSQ XL is impregnated with Teflon; the lubrication prevents strings from binding in the slots. TUSQ is not. You get better tuning stability especially when using a tremolo or bending strings. Black TUSQ XL also has more of a midrange boost as compared to TUSQ.

Will the Teflon wear off the nut?

Teflon is impregnated throughout our nuts, so its lubricating properties will never wear out.

What if the strings start to dig into the slots?

If you'e experiencing any kind of binding, you can easily fold a piece of 200 Grit sand paper and sand the notch off. Again, being a consistent material you can file/sand the nut/saddle and you will still be working with the same quality material.

How is Black TUSQ XL different than any other material (bone, micarta, and corian) used in saddles in nuts?

Black TUSQ XL is a very resonant material. This resonance alone will give you a very full and deep sound that will amplify your tone to a whole new level. Secondly, it's a consistent material, allowing every note you play to sound just as clear and full as the next. In comparison, bone has natural grains which cause dead spots. These dead spots damp balance in tone and harmonic content. Micarta is made partially from linen and paper scraps which makes it hard to work with while corian is nice to work with but also damps sound.

You have so many guitar nuts, how do I figure out which one is right for my guitar?

We probably have a nut that either fits perfectly or is close. The best thing to do is measure your nut for length, thickness, height and, E-E spacing. Pay close attention to the E to E spacing, then check your measurements with the ones on our site. The material is easy to shape so if it's a little longer or higher, so it's no big deal to work it down a little.

Will installing a BLACK TUSQ XL (formerly Trem-Nut) or TUSQ nut change my tone?

A quality nut will improve the tonal quality of your guitar when playing open strings. It will also improve the performance of your guitar by reducing string binding and improving tuning stability.

FEATURES
  • Teflon impregnated
  • Resonant base

Order the Graph Tech Trem-Nut now for more stable tuning than ever before without a locking nut.

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Graph TechBlack TUSQ XL 1/4" Epiphone Style Slotted Nut
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (14)
  • Functional (13)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Improves sound (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worked great for my Epiphone Les Paul

This worked great for my Epiphone Les Paul Prophecy. I think the one (which broke) that came original was plastic. Just like all the videos and advise out there said, I did...Read complete review

This worked great for my Epiphone Les Paul Prophecy. I think the one (which broke) that came original was plastic. Just like all the videos and advise out there said, I did have to sand it down a bit to make it fit just right, but that was easy. I would give it a Pro of "improves sound", but I just don't really know if it does or not. I hope so, but I would have needed to do a before and after.

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Not What I Expected

This was not what I was expecting. I have a Gibson Epiphone Acoustic model PR-200 and it did not fit.

The slots need a lot of shaping. A LOT of...Read complete review

This was not what I was expecting. I have a Gibson Epiphone Acoustic model PR-200 and it did not fit.

The slots need a lot of shaping. A LOT of shaping. I also had to sand the top and back of it before it fit.

Instead I would recommend a Carvin Guitar Standard Nut. It fit great the first time and needed way less shaping.

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5.0

as described

By I am The walrus koo koo ka choo

from Space Mountain

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL 1/4" Epiphone Style Slotted Nut:

      fit my acoustic

       
      4.0

      GraphTech PT-6060

      By Charlie

      from Kearny NJ

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

      • Follow instructions modification is required

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL 1/4" Epiphone Style Slotted Nut:

      GraphTech PT-6060
      Great product, made my old D'agostino benchmark sound alive again!
      Guitar would not play in tune even after a thorough setup.
      The new GraphTech nut solved the problem & now it plays & stays in tune & all the strings ring out & have sustain.

       
      4.0

      Good product

      By Doctor Dre

      from L.A.

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL 1/4" Epiphone Style Slotted Nut:

        Sounds better than the factory on my Epiphone Es 3333

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Works great!

        By ST

        from Bozeman, MT

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL 1/4" Epiphone Style Slotted Nut:

            A little sanding and it dropped right in. Slots come big enough for the fairly heavy gauge strings (.011-.052) I use.

             
            5.0

            Split my nut at the G string

            By Randp

            from Westerville, Oh

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Replacing A Broken But
              • Replacing A Broken Nut

              Comments about Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL 1/4" Epiphone Style Slotted Nut:

              I was replacing strings on my Dean EVO when my G string went flat to the fret board. Split my nut. Ordered the replacement TUSQ XL and easy install with very little trimming. I always use the XL for quiet tuning and better tone.

               
              5.0

              DOES WHAT IT'S SUPPOSED TO!

              By DotJer

              from St. Louis

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL 1/4" Epiphone Style Slotted Nut:

                  Makes tuning a breeze! Good fit. Took longer to get the old one out than to install the Tusq. Just a little sanding to set string height and done.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  WORKS LIKE A CHARM

                  By Thump54

                  from Chicago,Il

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL 1/4" Epiphone Style Slotted Nut:

                      I bought a beginner Epiphone Les Paul Studio for my son. Of course it needed a setup BUT no matter what I did the strings buzzed everywhere. The original plastic nut was set in way too low and the strings were always sticking at the nut. Actually they were already sawing through that cheap plastic nut. I bought the TUSQ XL nut. It was easy to put in and all my problems were solved. This guitar now was able to be setup properly and plays like butter. It also stays in tune now with no sticking at the nut since the TUQ Xl nut is self lubricating. TUSQ nuts are going on several more of my guitars I can tell you that. Great product.

                      (0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Not What I Expected

                      By Stan

                      from Los Angeles

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Not Functional

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL 1/4" Epiphone Style Slotted Nut:

                        This was not what I was expecting. I have a Gibson Epiphone Acoustic model PR-200 and it did not fit.

                        The slots need a lot of shaping. A LOT of shaping. I also had to sand the top and back of it before it fit.

                        Instead I would recommend a Carvin Guitar Standard Nut. It fit great the first time and needed way less shaping.

                         
                        4.0

                        Works as indicated.

                        By SybotCB

                        from Oxford, MS

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Replacement

                          Comments about Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL 1/4" Epiphone Style Slotted Nut:

                          I was having issues with snapped strings in my Epiphone Wildkat. I bought this to put into it and filed the bridge to get any burrs in the saddles. It was an easy installation. A little bit of sanding, got it to fit the nut slot just fine, and the nut width is a hair wider than the neck width so it sticks out ever so slightly on both sides of the neck, but I can live with it.

                          With the infused with teflon, it does make the bigsby act a bit better. I could tell sometimes when I would hit the bigsby the string would bind in the stock nut. This one performs as expected.

                           
                          5.0

                          Very Cool! Worth Doing!

                          By Alan Horvath

                          from New Jersey

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality
                          • Improves Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL 1/4" Epiphone Style Slotted Nut:

                              I just installed the black Tusq nut, bridge saddle, and bridge pins on my Takemine ... see my YouTube video @ WatchAlan explaining how-to. This is a great product and makes a very noticable difference!

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