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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 ca...Click To Read More About This Product

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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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    (5)

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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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4.0

Not cheap, but quality.

By Jerry

from Portageville, MO

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      Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

      This has a tab on the bottom on the middle. Some guitar necks are build with tabs on the underside of the nut, some do not. I had to modify it a bit to get it to fit properly in the nut slot on my Warmoth custom neck.

       
      5.0

      best upgrade you can make on the cheap

      By AC

      from Venice, FL

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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:

          easy swap on your replacement neck.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Easy to install

          By Kman

          from WA

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          • Easy To Use
          • Good Quality

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              Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

              I used it to replace the nut in a Squier Bullet Strat an it slipped right into place and with a little filing at the edge it is perfect.

               
              5.0

              great backup

              By Artspin54

              from Central NJ

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              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

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                Best Uses

                • Backup

                Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

                Purchased as an extra in case the neck that I bought needed a replacement "nut".

                 
                4.0

                fits g&l and fender perfectly

                By dan

                from oregon

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • a bit of sanding to remove small tab on center

                Best Uses

                • replace plastic nut

                Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

                used together with a hipshot bridge, great for upgrade on fenders + g&l's

                 
                5.0

                Much easier than handmade

                By farmerjohn

                from midwest

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                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

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                    Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

                    I needed to replace the plastic nut on my Squier '51. I have made nuts from Corian before, but the time involved to do that was much greater, plus this nut has Teflon in it. Properly fitting it still takes patience, but is well worth it. Thanks MF.

                     
                    2.0

                    String spacing too wide.

                    By William

                    from undisclosed

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                    Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

                    The string spacing on this nut was too wide for my 1972 Stratocaster. The first string (high E) had a tendency to slip off the edge at the middle areas of the fingerboard. I will have to resort to a custom cut blank nut to get the desired action on the fingerboard.

                     
                    5.0

                    I would by this again

                    By Lockit55

                    from Superior, Wisconsin

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                    Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

                    Works as advertised. Strings do not sit too low in the nut. Easily installed with a little patience when fitting the nut.

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Greatly Improved Over Stock Nut

                    By lessthanbug

                    from Gainesville, FL.

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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 Fender Style Slotted Nut:

                      I have been playing guitar for far longer than I care to admit and over that time I have accumulated quite a few instruments, both bass and guitar, and the various amps and effects that one would expect. I now have a teenaged daughter who is approaching college age and she has taken up the guitar. Since she is my only child I have tended to spoil her a bit. (Hey, she's a great kid and deserves it. She really does.) Instead of simply letting her use one of my instruments, (which I did until I was sure she was serious about learning), I have started her on her way to G.A.S. (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome) by buying her own instruments. She has a nice Ovation acoustic, an Epiphone Wildcat, and a 98 Mexican made Telecaster. They are fantastic learning instruments, much better than I had when I was starting, but they were in need of some upgrades. The Ovation is stock, but the Wildcat has upgraded pickups (and I removed about a mile of wiring from inside the body! Way too much wire, Epiphone!), and on the Tele I have also replaced the pickups (which weren't terrible, mind you. I just like to tinker so I installed some new ones.) The biggest issue with the Tele was the string height and angle, due to a cheap plastic nut. By angle, I mean the 6th string was too close to the edge of the fret board and would often slip off the side when fretting a note. I bought the TUSQ XL nut with the hope it fix these issue. With some very minor adjusting, (a little filing), it is perfect. The strings are the way they should be and I can hear an improvement in the tone. So, for the price, it was a cheap, easy improvement to an already good guitar.Now, she just needs a nice Les Paul to fill out her collection..... :-)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent product!

                      By Neil

                      from High Point , NC

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

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                          Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

                          It may need a little notching and sanding to make it perfect, although it has been a perfect drop-in on other guitars.

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