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LMI-Ibanez nut files

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Heey guys,

I recently bought me a set of 8 Ibanez nut files from LMI. The past nuts I made with some small saws for cutting and some cheap torch-cleaners for cleaning and making a round bottom. Yesterday I used the new set for the first time, and I can tell you that they work great.
They cost a lot, but the work is done in 1/4 of the time I needed before and they work clean and straight. No hanging strings so far.
If you have the money, I can recommend them.

Jun 09, 07 | 9:30 am
Ken Cierp

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Personal choice -- I like the Grobet files because they are not wedge shaped.
When the job is complete the slots look uniform all the way across -- especially if the slot is angled slightly.


Jun 09, 07 | 5:47 pm

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These are not as the Stewmac files, which are wedge shaped. The Ibanez files I got are flat on the sides with a round bottom/top. So probably the same as your preferred form.

Jun 10, 07 | 4:53 am
Ken Cierp

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Sure enough! I think you will be real happy -- And I agree, to slot a nut in a reasonable amount of time it's a good idea to have at least three of these files. With a little practice the smaller sizes can make an accurate slot the next string wider.


Jun 10, 07 | 5:11 am

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Glad to find this post - I was planning to buy some nut files. I too used welding torch tip-cleaners on the first guitar and was not happy with it.

Sounds like the Stewmac two-sizes-in-one that are thick in the middle and taper to size are to be avoided from what Ken says. THe set that Herman refers to looks good; what do you guys think about these ones from Stewmac?

Thinking of picking out the 6 I want and saving twenty bucks over the Ibanez set - but of course buyer beware and you get what you pay for and all that.

Thanks! - Bill

Aug 11, 07 | 8:40 am
Ken Cierp

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As much as I like my Grobet "round edge joint files" AKA nut files. I have been able to make perfect nut slots --- don't forget the slots are only, HALF THE DIAMETER OF THE STRING, deep using a razor saw and a set of files like these. Actually it can been done with one fine pippin file!

I always see those deep nut slots on guitars that will not tune or stay in tune --- this a big/commom set up mistake.

Just a thought


Aug 11, 07 | 9:05 am
Bill Cory

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Bill M -- I use the Stewmac files -- I've used just three of them for every guitar. Though expensive, they are VERY nice and I wouldn't think of even trying anything else at this point. Like the saying goes, I forgot about the expense long ago.


Aug 12, 07 | 5:41 am

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Cool! Thanks guys for the input - Bill

Aug 12, 07 | 7:50 am
Dennis Weatherly

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I just received my set of nut files from these folks on eBay:

They are two-sided like the LMI and Stew-Mac files, so the set of 6 gives me 12 sizes running from about .012" to .125", all for $79 plus shipping. They look like they should do the job once I finally get to that point!

Aug 21, 07 | 11:08 am

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Bill, I noticed that on your tool list you have 4 files. Which 3 do you use?

Jan 22, 08 | 9:41 am

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