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I ordered these a while back, but hadn't used them.

Just got in a new fiddle that no matter what I did, was out of tune.

The G was always sharp on the first fret

3 passes with the nut file and now its a keeper (i was debating sending it back)
 
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I would love to hear from anyone who's used both this brand and the ones from StewMack with an opinion of which ones are better!
Just Askin'
Gene
 

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I would love to hear from anyone who's used both this brand and the ones from StewMack with an opinion of which ones are better!
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Gene
I'd shoot David Collins' an email - if anyone knows he's the most likely to. Personally I doubt theres much in it. Hosco make great tools.

I have the Mac V's but I bought them for starting slots and have the normal Joint-edge round bottom files for final rounding. Obviously the Mac V's aren't round. Nothing wrong with that either - you can roll the file to create a rounder slot.

http://www.collinsluthiery.com/styled-2/styled-3/index.html
 

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A "FWIW" update! I just got the same exact set in the original post. After "adjusting" my nut, the "G" string was "swimming" in a slot as wide as the Grand Canyon and I just assumed that it was operator error and had accidentally used the wrong .046" side of the file. So I ordered up some new nut blanks and decided it was time to practice nut cutting.

Well, the same results and I am absolutely certain that I had used the .017" side of the file and did not rock or angle the file while cutting. Lo and behold, that side of the file cuts a slot that measures between .033" and .036"! Funny thing is that the other .046" side was just about perfect! This tells me that it wasn't simply a matter of someone at the factory putting an incorrectly labeled handle onto a file, but instead, the file itself was improperly machined!

I really want some top quality nut files, but after extensive research, I'm more confused now than before than before the research. David Collins did a nice write up, in a thread over at the Tele forum a few years back, with pics, etc, but after reading the whole lengthy thread, it has left me with no clear choice!

http://www.tdpri.com/threads/cheap-er-nut-files.210187/

Any Suggestions?
Gene
 

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I have 5 of the StewMac gauged files, all I'll ever need.
 

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Well, after a little more research, I find that a different Hosco set for Classical guitars includes a file that has .046" on one side and .035" on the other. This points to a possible/probable mistake at the factory and not improper machining! I'll likely ask for a refund and get the StewMacs.
Thanks,
Gene
 

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I use the SM razor saws to start my slots. .010 for the plain strings and .020 for the wound ones. Right after I ordered my saws, they came out with the pull saws. :mad:

Fine tune the slots with the files. :thumb:
 


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