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    Default TUSQ replacement nuts

    Recently replaced the nut on my F5 with the TUSQ pre-slotted nut. Really pleased with the nut itself and the whole installation process. Having the slots perfectly pre-cut and shaped takes about 90% of the work out, leaving just the actual sizing into place. Mine is a standard 1 1/16 flat board and the only issue is that the TUSQ comes with a very slight radius. So I had to take just a little off the D & A - not an issue. Stings tune nicely with no tendencies to grab, the TUSQ material seems "slippery" with little friction evident. Be interested to know the experience that others have had.

    https://graphtech.com/products/tusq-slotted-mandolin-nut-pq-1530-00

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    Default Re: TUSQ replacement nuts

    I am using a black graphite impregnated TUSQ nut on my mandolin and it works well. Sounds good too. I think you got lucky with the setup from stock, most of the time there will be much more refitting.
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    Default Re: TUSQ replacement nuts

    There is plenty of extra material on H/W/D, so there is a good bit of sanding and filing to fit it properly in the slot. I found using calipers very helpful in keeping things square and easing to the proper size. The string slots themselves are absolutely perfect and cutting those are out of my pay grade anyway. Took my time and enjoyed the process - about 2 hrs. And it does produce a great full tone to my ear.

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