Nut files for rent/borrow?

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  1. ejphotos

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    I need a set of nut files for one time use on one of my guitars, and that's all. Does anyone know of a place that rents something like this out then refunds your money on return?
     
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    Sorry to be a cramp, but the best/only reason to DIY is to learn a skill that you will continue to use.
    If you send your files back, it's all for naught.
    It's one thing if it's a big job on a car that you may never have to do again, but you will likely need much nut tweaking over the course of your life as a guitar owner/player.
    IMO...either buy them and develop a skill you can use for life, or take the guitar to someone who already knows how.
    Unless you really think you will never need to adjust another nut.
    The only guitar I ever saw that came from the factory with a properly cut nut was a '94 Epiphone.
     
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    take it to a guitar shop and ask if you can use their nut files for a small fee? Or just pay them to fix your nut.
     
  4. FenderGuy53

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    Seriously? Rent isn't free; it's a quid pro quo transaction. IOW, you pay to borrow. :rolleyes:

    You can buy a full set of quality nut files for about $80; money well spent.
     
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    This makes me realize, I have never seen used nut files for sale.

    I almost scored a used set when a guy retired, but his estranged wife had hauled his stuff away somewhere. I asked a couple of luthiers in town but nuttin'.

    I admit to getting a bit tired of using welding tip wire files, and it doesn't seem like I'm going to stop working on guitars, so at last I'm gonna spring for a set of nut files.
     
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    I think OP meant that you would pay a deposit, and then get it back when the files were returned unscathed. I first I though he meant "where can you buy some, use them, and then return them and get your money back.

    Welding tips really are less than ideal.
     
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    I was having the same problem, I solved it by buying one 0.10" file for £10 and a cheap set of files for the rest of the strings for £5 should be enough to get the job done on a budget, the 0.10" file can be used for the 0.13" rocking it side to side. here are the things I bought for much less than a whole set s-l500.jpg apiieidor__75305.1537121991.jpg
     
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    This is what I meant, much like how you can rent automotive tools and get the deposit back upon return. I'm thinking about getting a quality set, just wanted to see if any other options were available before that, because I really won't use them that often. And like @SecretSquirrel said, I haven't seen used sets for sale either.

    Which set are you referencing? $80 isn't bad at all if it is quality.
     
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    Just buy a quality file set.
    Money well spent.
    A well cut nut can really make a difference in the way a guitar plays.

    King
     
  10. FenderGuy53

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    Uo-Chikyu Japanese Nut Files

    You can buy these files individually or in sets. I purchased a 6-piece set online, and I was able to specify the 6 sizes that I needed (.010, .013, .017, .026, .036 and .046). The set cost me $80, plus shipping.

    I can't remember the retailer, but if you Google "Uo-Chikyu guitar nut files", you'll find retailers.

    FYI: Don't buy sets with sizes you won't use. Spend the time to find a retailer who sells sets in your sizes, or will let you order 6 singles for the same set price.

    Good luck!




     
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    Ah, okay. :rolleyes: For nut files, I think I'd prefer to have them on hand.

    ...and I agree: welding tips ARE less than ideal. ;)
     
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    Are you slotting a nut from a blank? Have you bought the nut?
    If you haven't bought the nut...buy a pre-slotted nut. If you are enlarging or fixing an existing nut then you only need to spend about $5-20 for a tool like Ben Smith posted. It's similar to what I use, I've done 3 pre-slotted nuts with it and cleaned or enlarged other slots with it.
    You are wasting money if you spend more than $20 for a "one-time" use tool and no offense to the posters...but you should ignore some of the suggestions above. They maybe great files, but spending that kind of money for something you plan on using one time frankly isn't helpful at all. If you start doing this regularly...then buy the more expensive files. Until then start cheap.
    I use this cheap little tool I got off Amazon and it was $6 well spent.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016UHP7HM/?tag=tdpri-20
     
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