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I use Super Slinky 9-42 (9, 11, 16, 24, 32, 42). Should I get files that are smooth on each side and 9-42?
Or should I get files that are wedge shaped and have some teeth on the side?

Do you know of other sources that I should look at? Price is a concern, but if there are super duper ones that I should get, I would be open to buying them. I have a number of guitars, and I am only planning so far to use pre-slotted nuts (that could change) and just for my own use. eBay, Stewmac, Lee Valley also have some files.

Here are the wedge shaped ones:
Nut Files - Double Edge, for Electric Guitars, 3 Sizes
They do not have a 9, but start at 10.




Or the smooth sided flat files. Japarts has the exact sizes of the strings I use. They also sell the sizes up from that...

JAPARTS : Uo-Chikyu Nut Files by Hiroshima Files



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Especially for the plain strings, I prefer the guaged saws (usually japanese style cuts on the pull stroke only type things). I think the smallest one of those I recall seeing is a 10 as well though.
 

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I’ve only used the ja parts ones & they work fine.
I use a size bigger than the string gauge.

The set of 3 for $54 looks great, I don’t think you can go wrong with either.

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speaking of cutting nuts,
has anyone ever seen a theory/method on how deep to cut the nut.

most interested in the results.
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speaking of cutting nuts,
has anyone ever seen a theory/method on how deep to cut the nut.

most interested in the results.
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All I know is you press the string down at the 3rd fret (G note fretted), and check for a slight space at the 1st fret.
 

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speaking of cutting nuts,
has anyone ever seen a theory/method on how deep to cut the nut.

most interested in the results.
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Not really sure what you mean Gino.
There’s no hard rule, it totally depends on the situation.

Nathan
 

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For the depth I saw a video that was kind of neat about cutting a pencil in half length wise. You then run the flat part over the neck and mark the nut and file down to the pencil line.
 
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