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Old 01-18-2020, 05:01 PM
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I'm looking at getting a different set of nut files . Possibly these.

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Hosco-TLNF3A...-/372451949099

These are supposed to be for acoustic guitar but the thinnest one starts at .016
I would think that most acoustic high E strings are typically .011 - .013. Would these still be OK to use?

I not a tech or builder but I do my own set ups and have done some for a few friends. Tried cleaning my old files but they, for some reason, aren't doing the job. I suspect they aren't as hardened as they should be or maybe I misused them not knowing any better. Live and learn.
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Japanese files are likely better and cheaper and available in whatever sizes you want: http://www.japarts.ca/Uo-Chikyu/Uo-C...-Nut-Files.asp
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Japanese files are likely better and cheaper and available in whatever sizes you want: http://www.japarts.ca/Uo-Chikyu/Uo-C...-Nut-Files.asp
I already have a set of these and I now found that they are made of stainless steel instead of hardened steel. Maybe that's why they wore out so fast. I have read that stainless steel doesn't last.
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I already have a set of these and I now found that they are made of stainless steel instead of hardened steel. Maybe that's why they wore out so fast. I have read that stainless steel doesn't last.
Thanks for the heads-up. Bruce recently mentioned that unhardened stainless don't last as long. I didn't realize that those were stainless.

The Stew Mac files last a long time. The set I have is about 20 years old. I'd suggest their gauged saws as well, particularly for the first two strings. Particularly for the top two strings, for the last few decades, I've used an X-Acto saw blade in an X-Acto knife handle, about $10.
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May have to suck it up and just go for the Stewmac set. Don't know how often I would use them but nice to have when needed.
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I've read a ton of AGF threads about 'How to Find a Cheaper Set of Files'. I had previously used a razor saw, Chinese needle files, and welding cleaners. I wasn't happy with the effort needed to achieve a result.

I finally ponied up and bought a set of the Stew Macs, After I received them, it took very little time to become adept at using them and the results were perfect. You may not be cutting a new nut that often, but every guitar needs a few tweaks (even my Bourgeois).

The Stew Macs will save you a bunch of time and frustration in the long run. They're the right tool for the job. And I'm sure that if you ever tire of them, you could place an ad here and they would be gone in a day.
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I've read a ton of AGF threads about 'How to Find a Cheaper Set of Files'. I had previously used a razor saw, Chinese needle files, and welding cleaners. I wasn't happy with the effort needed to achieve a result.

I finally ponied up and bought a set of the Stew Macs, After I received them, it took very little time to become adept at using them and the results were perfect. You may not be cutting a new nut that often, but every guitar needs a few tweaks (even my Bourgeois).

The Stew Macs will save you a bunch of time and frustration in the long run. They're the right tool for the job. And I'm sure that if you ever tire of them, you could place an ad here and they would be gone in a day.
You are right. I placed an order for a set
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To answer one part of your question, in my opinion, the 16 is perfectly fine for the first two slots.
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You are right. I placed an order for a set
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To answer one part of your question, in my opinion, the 16 is perfectly fine for the first two slots.
Thanks. I was tempted to order but for $25.00 more I'm getting a Stewmac set. Then I know for certain what I have.
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