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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, c... Click To Read More About This Product

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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
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)
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Limited lifetime warranty.


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Graph TechTUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut
 
4.6

(based on 28 reviews)

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    (22)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (17)
  • Functional (15)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Improves sound (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (3)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Didn't work on my Squier Strat

Contrary to many other reviews, this did not work on my squier strat. Slot spacing way too far for squier strats. 6th and 1st strings are on the edge of the fretboard, making...Read complete review

Contrary to many other reviews, this did not work on my squier strat. Slot spacing way too far for squier strats. 6th and 1st strings are on the edge of the fretboard, making pull-offs impossible.

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5.0

best upgrade you can make on the cheap

By AC

from Venice, FL

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

      easy swap on your replacement neck.

       
      4.0

      fits g&l and fender perfectly

      By dan

      from talent, or

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      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

      great product

      By knsmast

      from Cincinnati

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Graph Tech TUSQ XL Fender Style Slotted Nut:

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

           
          5.0

          Much easier than handmade

          By farmerjohn9

          from midwest

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              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

              Verified Buyer

              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 Mark

              from undisclosed

              Verified Buyer

              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.

               
              5.0

              Excellent product!

              By Neil

              from High Point , NC

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  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.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  there great

                  By George

                  from undisclosed

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    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.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Solved tele buzzing/sitar sound, relatively easy to install

                      By Ben

                      from WI

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Functional

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          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!

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          What a nut

                          By Willow

                          from Maine

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Quality
                          • Improves Sound

                          Cons

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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!

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