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Graph Tech TUSQ XL 1/4" Epiphone Slotted Nut 

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TUSQ XL offers vintage looks and permanent lubrication.

The TUSQ XL 1/4" Epiphone Slotted Nut (PQL-6060-00) is a superior replacement nut for Epiphone guitars.

Finally, the breakthrough you've been waiting for. Now you can have it all - the great tone of TUSQ, classic good looks AND permanent lubrication. If you love the look of a vintage white nut, but you keep going out of tune when you bend strings or use your tremolo, then TUSQ XL is just what you need.

TUSQ XL is designed to boost guitar tone and performance. This precision engineered nut is made with a specially formulated material which couples the strings' vibrations to the neck and brings out the hidden harmonics and richness in every note. It is based on the highly resonant TUSQ man made ivory, but is impregnated with Teflon to improve the tuning performance of the guitar.

If you have an acoustic or vintage guitar, you owe it to yourself to hear the difference a TUSQ replacement guitar nut makes. Compared to standard materials such as bone, Micarta or Corian, you'll hear more harmonics with every note you play when you use TUSQ on your guitar.

TUSQ is a proprietary material that is precision engineered under high pressure and heat. 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 TUSQ replacement guitar nut is made, it is a consistent material that is rich in tone and harmonic content.

TUSQ guitar parts have quickly become an important tone performance tool for some of the world's most renowned guitar manufacturers, luthiers and playing professionals. TUSQ nuts and saddles have rich tone and sustain, without the inconsistency found in ivory, bone and other natural materials. Bone and ivory have hard and soft spots (grain) throughout each piece, hampering consistent transfer of vibrations to the guitar top. TUSQ replacement guitar nuts are designed to transfer the right frequencies more efficiently from the string to the guitar body. Acoustic guitars come alive. Electric guitars will get a brighter sound and increased harmonic content.

FEATURES
  • Has a crystal clear-bell like high-end and big open low-end
  • Laboratory-proven to enhance harmonic content (up to 200% over other materials)
  • Engineered for maximum vibration transfer
  • Permanent lubrication
  • Used by the world's finest guitar manufacturers
  • Consistent quality from piece to piece and within each piece
  • No flat or dead spots that can be found in bone or ivory
  • Easy to work with - can be filed and sanded; will not chip or flake
SPECIFICATIONS

TUSQ XL 1/4" Epiphone Slotted Nut

  • Dimensions:
  • Thickness: 1/4", (0.242"), (6.14mm)
  • Length: 1-3/4", (1.735"), (43.99mm)
  • Height: 3/8", (0.366"), (9.19mm)
  • E string to E string: 1-3/8", (1.366"), (34.7mm)
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Graph TechTUSQ XL 1/4" Epiphone Slotted Nut
 
4.7

(based on 41 reviews)

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    (36)

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    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (22)
  • Functional (19)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Improves sound (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (9)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Back-up (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Novice (6), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good stuff

Good product overall. It takes some sanding but anyone can do it. It's worth the investment. Improves the clarity of your guitar tone. Give you a little more brightness and notes sustain...Read complete review

Good product overall. It takes some sanding but anyone can do it. It's worth the investment. Improves the clarity of your guitar tone. Give you a little more brightness and notes sustain more. It was a great improvement to my epiphone les Paul standard. I've read about how changing the nut of your guitar is the cheapest way to improve tone and they were right.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Problem with high "E" string

I originally gave this nut a favorable review, replacing an Earvana nut on an ESP LTD EC-1000, but I have had some issues and am removing it. Some people like the Earvana,...Read complete review

I originally gave this nut a favorable review, replacing an Earvana nut on an ESP LTD EC-1000, but I have had some issues and am removing it. Some people like the Earvana, but I have had problems with the "E" string sinking into the material and eventually buzzing on two different guitars. I have checked the TUSQ nut several times and I can not understand what is happening. There is the the correct amount of clearance and It's not hitting the first fret. The high "E" string is just not right. It is just not crisp and clear, it's sort of muted. I have tried changing the strings, which is what I originally thought the problem was, but it sounds the same. When using the frets it sounds fine. I've have used it for gigs and you cannot hear it as much when amplified, but it really bugs me when playing the guitar acoustically. I have now made a bone nut from a blank, which was very time consuming, but it sounds much better. I don't know if there was some sort of fault in this particular nut, but I purchased two, so I will try more experimentation. I had to to get this guitar fixed as it is my gigging ax. I have owned and used several other Fenders and Gibsons with bone nuts for many years without any issue. I use 10-52 strings. I am surprised I had this issue after all the good reviews.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent value for a great improvement

By JX

from Nashville

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      This is a great nut a great improvement over the Epiphone nut and easy to install. The most difficult thing for me is actually removing the old nut.

      This is my second Tusq XL and I am ordering another one for my Dobro.

      I have bone nuts on other guitars but this product wins and for a fraction of the price.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good stuff

      By Moby64

      from Holtville, California

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      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • Pretty Easy To Install
      • Sounds good

      Cons

      • Takes Some Sanding To Fit

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Improve Sound And Clarity
      • Practicing

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

      Good product overall. It takes some sanding but anyone can do it. It's worth the investment. Improves the clarity of your guitar tone. Give you a little more brightness and notes sustain more. It was a great improvement to my epiphone les Paul standard. I've read about how changing the nut of your guitar is the cheapest way to improve tone and they were right.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Effective Upgrade

      By Strat_attack

      from Virginia

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

      I have been having some tuning issues with my Epiphone G310 SG. I figured I would replce the stock plastic nut with this graph tech tusq and save some money, instead of replacing tuning keys. It took about 20 minutes and was very easy to install. I tuned up, checked my intonation, and couldnt believe how much of an improvement this was. Incredible tuning stability, richer harmonics, and my tone seems more clear and pure. I can finally play more aggresive and use full bends without the worry of going out of tune.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Slippery

      By William

      from undisclosed

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      Pros

      • Easy To File And Shape
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound
      • Stable tuning

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I recently used one of these on a new Epiphone Casino that a couple of the strings were binding at the nut, making the guitar a little difficult to tune. After installing this, all problems gone.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          No Suprises

          By Richard Gautraud

          from Kentucky

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          Pros

          • 5 Minute Installation
          • No Adjustment Necessary

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I had to repair my Alvarez accoutic that I had re-strung left handed for my son. I had enlarged the slots for the new string order (now high to low). When I returned the guitar to right handed configuration the high strings sat too low. This nut slipped right into place and the string slots were the right height. If I really wanted to tweak the action I could probably get them to sit a bit lower in that they are a smidge too high right now.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Works great

              By Jim

              from Ohio

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

              It took a lot of sanding but worked well.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Replace plastic nut

              By Joecool

              from Mustang, Oklahoma

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

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

                Inexpensive replacement with built in lubrication for factory plastic nut.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best money you can spend

                By Oscar

                from Thomasville, GA

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Concerts
                  • Practicing

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

                  This nut will make your guitar come alive. you will hear things you have never heard before. Improved harmonic response more volume and a richer sound. Good for resetting nut height.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Solid piece and easy to work with

                  By NinjaRocker72

                  from Indianapolis, In

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      I just bought a guitar off a friend because he didn't want to fix it. All that was wrong was that the nut had chipped off one of the corners and allowed the E string to slide out of position. I ordered the new one and once it got here all I had to do was remove a little material from each end to get it down to 1.63" and take 0.06" off of the bottom to get it down to the right dimensions prior to install. Once I clamped it into place and get it set, the sound that now came out was a much richer tone and sound that I don't know why anyone would have wanted to get rid of the guitar in the first place. This was well worth the small investment and I look forward to many years of enjoyment!

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      I will buy another one

                      By bige

                      from rutherford nc

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

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

                        The width was perfect had to sand some to fit groove was easier than expected

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        NO BRAINER

                        By toolhead

                        from oshkosh wi

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality
                        • Improves Sound
                        • Stays In Tune Longer

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Concerts
                          • Practicing

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

                          I have a tusq nut on every guitar i own, sound better, tunes better,take a razor blade to the edge of the old one, hammer and a block of wood boda bing bada boom sand, glue, done!

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Improvement!

                          By Nick 11

                          from New York City

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

                          I had open fret buzzing problems and truss rod adjustments didn't make any difference. After searching online, I read a lot of good things about Tusq replacement nuts. When the Tusq arrived and I compared it to my old plastic nut, the high E string slot on the old nut was cut much too low, which turned out to be the cause of my buzzing problem. Since installing the Tusq, I've been able to lower the action, and my SG plays really well.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Easiest upgrade there is

                          By Jon-K40pf

                          from Indiana

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

                          This was the easiest, least expensive upgrade I could have possibly made to my guitar, and it paid off. Sustain is better, tuning is MUCH more stable, and tone is much livelier than with the stock plastic nut on my Epiphone G-400 custom. It literally took me 20 minutes to remove the old nut, and fit and then glue in the new one. My main reason for getting it was to improve tuning stability, but the improvement in tone was much more significant than I was expecting. Definitely a must for any guitar with a cheap plastic nut.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          TUSQ XL 1/4" Slotted Nut

                          By Paul Schonstrom

                          from Western Plains

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

                          All sides absolutly plumb and square, minor fine sanding of the ends to get a nice flush fit to the neck. Properly presloted.
                          Easiest guitar nut replacement I've ever done! Overall tone is improved, too.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Super Glassy Tone!!

                          By Bluesbreaker1960

                          from Boyce, Virginia

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

                          I replaced the stock nut on my Epiphone ES-175 with one of these,and it took about 15 minutes to install with minimal fitting. I let the adhesive dry for about an hour and plugged it into my Epi Blues Custom 30 amp...The sound I heard was like the finest crystal!! Amazed at the difference. But then again the stock nut was cheap. Highly recommend this nut. Super bending with it..Glad I got one!! AAA+++

                           
                          5.0

                          fit well

                          By paco941

                          from florida

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional
                          • Good Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              string spacing was perfect for my wildcat, had to sand the ends to make width fit, but that was easy....better too big than too small. I try to use TUSQ nuts with any Bigsby guitar along with a roller bridge, so far it seems to solve tuning issues.

                               
                              5.0

                              Tusq Nuts will eventually be on every guitar that I own

                              By Cliff

                              from Louisiana

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Concerts
                                • Practicing

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

                                Have 2 identical Jasmine practice guitars-fitted one with Graph Tec Tusq nut, saddle, pins-Am amazed at IMPROVEMENT in sound quality, tone, clarity, sustain. Could move this guitar up to performance level with my other acoustics. Was an EFFECTIVE inexpensive UPGRADE-will use these products on every guitar that I own now or in the future !

                                 
                                5.0

                                fit fine iwould buy it again

                                By jerry

                                from pa.

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup
                                  • Practicing

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

                                  great nut fit good

                                   
                                  1.0

                                  Over rated plastic!!

                                  By boatman bob

                                  from south jersey.

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                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor Quality

                                    Best Uses

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

                                      I have tried using Tusq products on my acoustic and electric guitars and the tone and sustain were terrible. Please do yourself a big favor and use real bone,its so much better!

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Excellent replacement nut.

                                      By Jim

                                      from Philly

                                      About Me Professional Musician

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                                      Pros

                                      • Good Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                          Plenty high for the Hohner I was repairing. I had to take a bit off the height and a little off the width. The strings appear to be 34.5mm, E-to-E.

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