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Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut

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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 can have it all - the great tone of TUSQ, classic goo... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

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
Easy to work with - can be filed and sanded; will not chip or flake
SPECIFICATIONS
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)
Pro Coverage
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Limited lifetime warranty.


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Graph TechTUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut
 
4.4

(based on 10 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Functional (3)
  • Improves sound (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Small part......BIG difference in Tone!

Not only do GraphTech TUSQ XL nuts offer an improvement in tuning, but also a noticeable improvement in both the tone and feel of the guitar. I have been putting GT TUSQ XL's on...Read complete review

Not only do GraphTech TUSQ XL nuts offer an improvement in tuning, but also a noticeable improvement in both the tone and feel of the guitar. I have been putting GT TUSQ XL's on all my guitars and this Fender version I added to a beautiful Sunburst FSR TBX Boost Strat I saw one day and just had to have. This nut comes pre-slotted for what is roughly a 10-46 gauge set but will fit 9's nicely as well. If you go any larger you're gonna need nut files or a guitar tech to do it properly. A poorly cut nut can drive you insane. It is a HUGE part of the guitar's tone. The tab on the back will have to be filed down for an even lay across most fretboards. Some older Fender versions with smaller radii will need the tab so that's why it's there. The minute you string up with one of these installed it's like playing a new guitar. It adds harmonics and volume. Dynamics improve, and your pick attack becomes more pronounced. The strings also take on a new "springier" feel, it's hard to describe but is a very nice improvement which aids in smooth bending. If you're hearing pings at the nut when you use the tremolo arm, your nut is cheap and you should upgrade to a permanently lubricated TUSQ XL. I am so happy I found these things. I don't know what we ever did without them!

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Didn't even come close to fitting.

I'm an experienced musician that had worked on all my own guitars for years. This should have been a pretty close to drop and play senerio. My existing nut from the factory was pretty...Read complete review

I'm an experienced musician that had worked on all my own guitars for years. This should have been a pretty close to drop and play senerio. My existing nut from the factory was pretty curved and much thinner at the treble side. The Graphtech didnt even come close to fitting correctly. Its advertised as a fender replacement. I honestly would have been better with a straight up nut blank than this.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Small part......BIG difference in Tone!

By Geoffrey Chiodi

from Stratford, NJ

Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

Not only do GraphTech TUSQ XL nuts offer an improvement in tuning, but also a noticeable improvement in both the tone and feel of the guitar. I have been putting GT TUSQ XL's on all my guitars and this Fender version I added to a beautiful Sunburst FSR TBX Boost Strat I saw one day and just had to have. This nut comes pre-slotted for what is roughly a 10-46 gauge set but will fit 9's nicely as well. If you go any larger you're gonna need nut files or a guitar tech to do it properly. A poorly cut nut can drive you insane. It is a HUGE part of the guitar's tone. The tab on the back will have to be filed down for an even lay across most fretboards. Some older Fender versions with smaller radii will need the tab so that's why it's there. The minute you string up with one of these installed it's like playing a new guitar. It adds harmonics and volume. Dynamics improve, and your pick attack becomes more pronounced. The strings also take on a new "springier" feel, it's hard to describe but is a very nice improvement which aids in smooth bending. If you're hearing pings at the nut when you use the tremolo arm, your nut is cheap and you should upgrade to a permanently lubricated TUSQ XL. I am so happy I found these things. I don't know what we ever did without them!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Far Superior to the nut that comes standard

By Jason Murphy

from Chicago, IL

Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

I thought replacing the nut would be tortuous and difficult. In reality it takes ~10 minutes most of which is sanding it to fit in the nut slot. I have a MIM strat and the old nut just lifted right out with my fingernails and with a bit of sanding this guy fit nicely in the guitar neck. No need to even glue it down. The nut itself is far superior to the standard. Resonance is better and the strings respond way better to bends and heavy trem action I guess because of the graphite lubrication. Granted I've only had it for a couple of weeks now, so I can't comment on how well this product ages, but so far it has been great. This is a super cheap way to improve your sound and playability. I would recommend buying coarse sandpaper and a block to hold it to as well.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

there great

By George

from undisclosed

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  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

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    Best Uses

      Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

      use them in all my Strats and Squiers. easy to file string height because they are closer than the Fender stock slotted nut.

       
      5.0

      Easy part to work with

      By Dan

      from Pawtucket RI

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      Pros

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

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        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

        It almost exzactly fit my MIM Strat I filed the tab and smoothed it out a little bit. It dropped rifgt in. There was a tab for a Squier fit the directions read. It's better than a bone nut no dead spots.for 09-42's my 10 - -46 fit but I went for 09 42 to break it in a little. just let the ends stick out if you want to file them too.

         
        5.0

        Nice Upgrade

        By Chris

        from undisclosed

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        Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

        Slipped directly into my late 90's Indo Squire Strat. Just needed to sand the ends down on either end. Height and string groove depth were identical to the old nut. Spacing was wider, which is what I wanted.

         
        5.0

        I would recommend

        By Lawrence

        from undisclosed

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        Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

        Easy install, Great quality, string slots were perfect

         
        1.0

        Didn't even come close to fitting.

        By Chris

        from St.Louis Mo

        About Me Experienced

        Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

        I'm an experienced musician that had worked on all my own guitars for years. This should have been a pretty close to drop and play senerio. My existing nut from the factory was pretty curved and much thinner at the treble side. The Graphtech didnt even come close to fitting correctly. Its advertised as a fender replacement. I honestly would have been better with a straight up nut blank than this.

         
        5.0

        Upgrade from stock

        By monobrow666

        from St. Louis, MO

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        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

            I bought this to replace the stock nut on my 2006 MIM strat. Installation required some sanding and patience, but it fits well and my strings don't bind at the nut anymore. The stock vintage-style tremolo works much better now. I can't tell if the sustain or tone is better, but it's certainly not worse.

             
            3.0

            Love the nut, plan on filing and sanding

            By Doug

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            Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

            Fit in a MIM Stratocaster... thickness: perfect... height: too high, careful sanding, fit-check, repeat... width: too long on one end, careful sanding required... string depth: some filing to correct action height required--slow and easy does it. I would recommend carefully removing your existing nut, and assuming you want to preserve the action, hold them together with a C-clamp to see where you need to sand and file. The width of the string slots fits a 09 to 42 set fine; any bigger and you'll want a set of nut files.

             
            5.0

            great product

            By knsmast

            from Cincinnati

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            Pros

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

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                Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

                good product that bridges the gap between low quality nuts and custom made

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