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Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut 

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TUSQ XL offers vintage looks and permanent lubrication.

TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut (PQL-5000-00) is a replacement nut for Fender 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 guitar replacement nut, saddle and bridge pins make. Compared to standard materials such as bone, Micarta or Corian, you'll hear more harmonics with every note you play when you use the TUSQ replacement nut on your guitar.

TUSQ is a proprietary material which 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 the TUSQ replacement nut is made, it is a consistent material that is rich in tone and harmonic content.

TUSQ has quickly become an important tone performance tool for some of the world's most renowned guitar manufacturers, luthiers and playing professionals. The TUSQ replacement nut has 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 guitar nuts, saddles and bridge pins 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

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SPECIFICATIONS

TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut

  • Dimensions:
    Thickness: 1/8", (0.134"), (3.4mm)
    Length: 1-11/16", (1.69"), (42.93mm)
    Height: 3/16", (0.200"), (5.08mm)
    E string to E string: 1-38", (1.38"), (35.05mm)
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Graph TechTUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut
 
4.5

(based on 32 reviews)

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    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (21)
  • Functional (19)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Improves sound (16)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (5)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tusq XL Fender slotted nut

I've used Tusq nuts on many of my guitars and finally decided to try the XL version on my 57 RI Strat because of its teflon infusion which eliminates the need for lubrication. I...Read complete review

I've used Tusq nuts on many of my guitars and finally decided to try the XL version on my 57 RI Strat because of its teflon infusion which eliminates the need for lubrication. I do a lot of bends and some heavy whammy bar dips and pulls for some tunes and the guitar stays in tune very well.The tab found on the bottom of the nut is to accommodate wider radius necks, for vintage 7-1/4" just trim it off and you're good to go. The nut fit my Strat perfectly and the roughed in slots aligned exactly with the nut I removed. You will need to have a repairman file the slots to their proper depth or you can do it yourself if you have a set of luthier files.This is a great product that does all it says, increases note definition, files and sands like bone, and does not require lubrication. If you are looking for a replacement, I highly recommend the Tusq XL.

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It's OK

If you haven't cut a guitar nut before you should note that since it's preslotted so you are taking a gamble that the string spacing will work for you. You will have to file...Read complete review

If you haven't cut a guitar nut before you should note that since it's preslotted so you are taking a gamble that the string spacing will work for you. You will have to file the slots to the correct height anyway so IMO it's generally not really worth going with a preslotted nut. Cutting the radius can be a pain though, so I opted for this over a flat bottom blank thinking I would save myself some time. I could not find a Tusq nut that was radiused but unslotted.

For my MIA strat with a soft V neck the string spacing was too narrow - not so narrow that you couldn't make a go of it but enough that it ended up in the drawer instead of the guitar. Checked it against a MIM tele and it seemed to match the factory string spacing so YMMV.

As far as material goes it was easy to shape. Tonal differences weren't huge but they are noticeable. A bit brighter and thinner than the synthetic bone it was intended to replace. Between the spacing issues and personal tone preference I ended going with an unbleached bone blank. It's more work to shape but in the end I preferred that to both the synthetic bone the guitar came with, and this composite. Cheaper too.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Nut

By Matthew Keenan

from Missoula

Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

Upgrading your nut can significantly impact your guitar's tone, intonation, action and play-ability...and this nut dramatically improved all of those for me.
I got this to replace a cheap, plastic nut that came with a neck I bought on eBay for my Tele "parts-caster". Pre-filed slots were perfect spacing and depth, completely eliminated the buzzing and intonation issues I had with previous nut. While I did lightly file the sides to fit (which is no big deal) I left the tongue on bottom in tact as the action was just right. But if you did want a lower action you could file this down no problem.
Considering I'll never have to replace this again, $15 is a steal

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tusq XL Fender slotted nut

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

I've used Tusq nuts on many of my guitars and finally decided to try the XL version on my 57 RI Strat because of its teflon infusion which eliminates the need for lubrication. I do a lot of bends and some heavy whammy bar dips and pulls for some tunes and the guitar stays in tune very well.The tab found on the bottom of the nut is to accommodate wider radius necks, for vintage 7-1/4" just trim it off and you're good to go. The nut fit my Strat perfectly and the roughed in slots aligned exactly with the nut I removed. You will need to have a repairman file the slots to their proper depth or you can do it yourself if you have a set of luthier files.This is a great product that does all it says, increases note definition, files and sands like bone, and does not require lubrication. If you are looking for a replacement, I highly recommend the Tusq XL.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great item

By Cfusc

from Ct

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  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

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      Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

      First time installing a nut and it went perfectly. **THIS NUT DOES FIT SQUIER AFFINITY GUITARS** My tone is now greatly improved.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      It's OK

      By slow hand

      from san jose, ca

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Not Functional
      • String Spacing

      Best Uses

        Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

        If you haven't cut a guitar nut before you should note that since it's preslotted so you are taking a gamble that the string spacing will work for you. You will have to file the slots to the correct height anyway so IMO it's generally not really worth going with a preslotted nut. Cutting the radius can be a pain though, so I opted for this over a flat bottom blank thinking I would save myself some time. I could not find a Tusq nut that was radiused but unslotted.

        For my MIA strat with a soft V neck the string spacing was too narrow - not so narrow that you couldn't make a go of it but enough that it ended up in the drawer instead of the guitar. Checked it against a MIM tele and it seemed to match the factory string spacing so YMMV.

        As far as material goes it was easy to shape. Tonal differences weren't huge but they are noticeable. A bit brighter and thinner than the synthetic bone it was intended to replace. Between the spacing issues and personal tone preference I ended going with an unbleached bone blank. It's more work to shape but in the end I preferred that to both the synthetic bone the guitar came with, and this composite. Cheaper too.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Solved tele buzzing/sitar sound, relatively easy to install

        By Ben

        from WI

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        Pros

        • Functional

        Cons

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            Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

            2011 fender USA special telecaster has always buzzed. A local guitar shop shimmed the stock nut, reducing the buzz by ~50%. But some buzz remained. After installing the TusqXL nut, the buzzing is finally gone. What a relief!

            As far as installation goes, I did it myself by following You-tube video instructions. The original nut came out pretty easy with hammer-woodblock method. It took about 30 minutes of sanding to get a good fitup. I used 600 grit to go slow and carefully, 220 grit would speed up the process. 1st fret string height is a little tall, so some fine tuning might be required, but even before fine tuning I enjoy playing this guitar a lot more - the buzzing drove me batty!

            I don't often write product reviews, but due to the effectiveness of this product and relative ease of installation (compared to what I was expecting anyway), I want to encourage someone else that's on the fence to just go for it!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            What a nut

            By Willow

            from Maine

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            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

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                Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

                Bought an SX ash Tele and the nut was junk. The low E rattled even after setup. Installed this one and the problem was solved. Sounds good and fit perfectly!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best investment ever!

                By SuperLead

                from Yucca Valley, California

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                Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

                I bought this nut because my stock nut on my 2001 American Standard Stratocaster's was old, worn and making my guitar impossible to intonate properly. I popped the old nut and put the new nut on in less than an hour. I did file off the bottom tab and filed it a little to get it into the slot. I used no glue. I did not file the string grooves.
                Results; I couldn't be happier! What a shock! It fixed my intonation problem and the guitar stays in tune far better. I really had no idea that as nuts wear out it screws up the intonation so much. I'm no longer afraid to play an open A maj chord! It's like I traded a Kia for a Porsche! Seriously. Best bang for the buck ever!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great upgrade

                By Mosiggy

                from Fayetteville, AR

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                Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

                I installed one of these on my 01' MIM stratocaster. I've never replaced the nut on a guitar before, but I watched 5 or 6 vidoes on youtube about how to do it. It didn't seem particularly difficult so I gave it a shot. It was a simple install. It didn't drop right in though. I did have to remove the little tab in the middle. I also had to scrape the bottom edges a little with my pocket knife to get it to fit in the slot.
                I had been having trouble with some of my strings buzzing slightly when played open. it was mainly the g and b strungs. I think it was because the slots in the original nut were flat there was no tilt toward the headstock for a clean point of string contact. The new tusq nut however has a slant to the whole top of the nut. The new nut solved solved the problem entirely. I also didn't have to deepen the slot to get the nut action right, so if that's a concern don't let it stop you. After I installed it I filed the nut edges. It's just slightly wider than the neck. I did it with a fingernail file and now it feels as comfortable as the old nut did!
                The strings don't bind now, and they also tune easier now. I also have graphtech string saddles, and between the two of these products there has been a marked improvement in tuning stability. There is a slight change in tone. The notes seem slightly more articulate. Overall great product thank you graphtech

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Works but not a perfect fit for MIM Telecaster

                By NotARockstar

                from Charlotte NC

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                    Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

                    It is VERY hard to figure out from the online descriptions which nut will fit standard guitar models.
                    Hint to manufacturers and retailers: be more specific with measurements and models.
                    Anyway, I have a 2008 Road Worn Mexican Telecaster. I did not know if the original nut had a notch or not, but turned out it didn't, so I had to file this notch off the nut, pretty easy to do carefully. Very carefully tapped the old nut out from the side with a small round wood dowel. No need to glue new nut. It was a tighter fit than the original and I had to gently tap it in with a small rubber mallet. But I did not need to cut or sand anything.
                    Result is the string intonation and tone problem I had is gone and the string vibrates freely and clearly.
                    But the nut sticks out just a hair on either side of the neck, even though it said if fits Fender models...needs to be more specific. I am not filing it off as I want to keep the original rounded edge.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Quick Install Minor Tweaks Needed

                    By Jeff tech

                    from Toms River

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                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
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                        Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

                        Take an off the shelf nut like this and with a little bit of sanding and nut filing this Tusq nut is the perfect upgrade for a strat.

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