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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...Read More

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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’re 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 13 reviews)

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    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (9)
  • Functional (8)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Improves sound (4)

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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent replacement nut

      This is the nut of choice if you need a replacement. It really does help the strings "breathe". It vastly improved my Bigsby equipped Gibson SG as far as staying...Read complete review

      This is the nut of choice if you need a replacement. It really does help the strings "breathe". It vastly improved my Bigsby equipped Gibson SG as far as staying in tune and if you play blues or bend strings you can't go wrong. It has been on that guitar for awhile and many sets of strings later it has retained the original string height. I also have one on my "Carter Classics" custom Tele which is a pure tone machine. The nut allows me to bend the strings to the breaking point and slide through the nut right back in tune. I gave it a 4.0 on value because it seems relatively expensive for what it is and it is compared to other nuts. Well worth it though if your about performance,functionality,and tone. Also,if you do not have the proper set of nut files/tools and experience it is highly recommended to get a reliable repair shop/tech to proerly install this part so as to get the maximum contact area with the neck/nut slot,proper string height, and radius relative to that of your fretboard.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      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

      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.

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          5.0

          WORKS LIKE A CHARM

          By Thump-8wSq1

          from Wisconsin

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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.

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              (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not What I Expected

              By Stan

              from Los Angeles

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              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.

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                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.

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                  5.0

                  Very Cool! Worth Doing!

                  By Alan Horvath

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  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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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Worked great for my Epiphone Les Paul

                      By diyalot

                      from Portland, OR

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                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

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

                          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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                          5.0

                          Get It!!! Well Worth it!!!

                          By Jon

                          from Wichita, KS

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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:

                              very easy to install on my Epiphone LP 100. cheap upgrade and sounds Amazing!!! went and order another one for my Strat Copy.

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                              5.0

                              Just what I needed

                              By Old Werewolf

                              from The Land of the Dragons

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                              Pros

                              • Functional
                              • Good Quality
                              • Improves Sound

                              Cons

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

                                  Very good quality. Makes a 30-year-old guitar sound good again.

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                                  4.0

                                  An easy upgrade

                                  By Rocksteady

                                  from Denver, Co

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Functional
                                  • Good Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Practicing

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

                                    I could not tell any difference in tonal improvements, but my SG Pro stays in tune much better (which was my main reason for replacement). Install was a breeze, a little sanding was all that was needed.

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                                    (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Easy to work with, but didn't help :(

                                    By Nyat

                                    from Yooperland, MI

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Trim
                                    • Fits Epiphone Dot
                                    • Good Quality

                                    Cons

                                    • None

                                    Best Uses

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

                                      The B string on my Epiphone Dot will not stay in tune. Was it the nut? Nope...I put this and it didn't help. Did changing the string help? Nope. I think it's time to swap out my Grover tuners.

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