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The Problem
Chords sound out of tune at the first 3 frets at the nut because notes, when fretted, are sharp.

How to Solve the Problem
Correct the sharp notes so that the chords ring true and in tune by moving the nut closer to the first fret.

The Solution
The eNut. The eNut is a small strip of bone or metal that is placed up against your exiting nut correcting the intonation problems at the first 3 frets by moving the nut closer to the first fret.

The Problem
Bar chords sound out of tune, especially on high-gain settings.

The Solution
ETS Tuning Offsets. These are very slight pitch adjustments made to the strings when tuning. NOTE: these offsets are not applied to the saddles. Saddle Intonation is set the usual way. Bar chords and chords at the nut will sound much sweeter and like they should, IN TUNE! The ETS Tuning Offsets are pretty amazing as is evidenced by our many customer testimonials and positive feedback left at eBa

ATTENTION SLIDE PLAYERS! - The Bone and Metal eNuts may also be used at the nut to raise the strings for easier slide playing. The .081" Silver or Brass eNut and the Bone version are the perfect height for this purpose.

Who Will Benefit from an eNut?
If your guitar plays sharp at the first fret then your guitar will benefit from the Bone or Metal eNut. All of my 13 guitars have been fitted with an eNut with the exception of one, a Taylor acoustic. It does not play sharp at the first fret. A simple test with an accurate tuner will reveal to you if your instrument needs an eNut. If your guitar plays accurate at the first fret then all you need to purchase are my offsets. I have made them available separately just for this reason. Also, I'm getting tons of positive feedback from eNut buyers that have purchased the brass version of the eNut. It seems the Brass eNut is having a very positive effect on their tone and sustain. I've heard that some prefer the tone of a brass nut over bone so it's good to hear the Brass eNut is having a positive affect. I use the Brass version on all my Teles for this very reason and have been extremely happy with the results. I've also gotten reports from some using the Metal eNut and slotting it rather than shaving and filing it down. Doing this has allowed them to install the Metal eNut without altering the original nut. Keep those e-mails and calls coming. The eNut is already making a positive impact on players around the world. At such a low cost no one should ever have to play an out of tune instrument again!

We Now Offer the eNut in Kits & As Individual Pieces
The Bone eNut Kit Includes a Bone eNut, Tuning Offsets, Sandpaper & Exacto Blade
The Metal eNut Kit Includes a Metal eNut, Tuning Offsets & Exacto Blade

eNut Kits - $21.50

eNut Only - $14.99

eNut Tuning Offsets - $4.99

eXacto Blade - $4.99

Bone & Metal eNuts Now Sold Separately

Simply use the pull down menu to the right to select the size and type of eNut you'd like. Choose from Bone, Silver or Brass. The Bone eNut comes in one size that may be used for Bass or Guitar. The metal Brass and Silver eNuts are available in .051", .064" and .081" heights. Choose the .081" for Bass Guitar, the .051" for smaller fretted guitars and .064" for medium and jumbo fretted Guitars. The Bone version comes in 1.75" lengths only. We cut the metal eNut lengths at 2", if you need a custom length please let us know when ordering. Note: Tuning Offsets are not included. Those can be purchased separately below.

eNut Type

$14.99 Each

Exacto Saw Blade

These are excellent for slotting the guitar nut and the eNut slots. Handle not included. Will fit any Exacto Handle.

$4.99 Each

Exacto Saw Blade Handle

High quality Metal Handle for Exacto Saw Blade pictured above.

$3.99 Each

Nut Slotting Tool

This handy Tool makes cutting nut slots a lot simpler. It includes 13 Stainless Steel Round Files that range in size from .016" thru .073" diameters. It also includes a flat file for shaping the nut. Why spend $75 to $100 or more on a set of slotting files when you can accomplish the same results with this tool. I like to start the slots with the Exacto Blade and finish them off with this tool.

As I'm asked to install the eNut on more guitars I'm finding that all some of these guitars need are the nut slots deepened. The reason most chords sound terrible at the first 2 or 3 frets is because the notes are sharp when fretted. The eNut eliminates this sharpness by moving the nut closer to the bridge. The sharpening occurs because the angle of the strings, as they pass over the nut, requires more pressure at the first few frets than it does further up the neck. Sometimes all that is needed to eliminate this sharpening is deepening the nut slots and reducing the distance from the bottom of the strings to the first fret.

Some guitars have the distance from the nut to first fret too high. I'm finding that more and more guitars I'm seeing have had some nut compensation already performed on the guitar, either by design or by accident or poorly maintained routing jigs I don't know. In any case all these guitars need are the nut slots deepened. And if you happen to already own a Feitenized or guitar that has a Earvana nut then let me suggest you try my Tuning Offsets. They are much better than the ones Feiten suggests using and the Earvana nut benefits greatly from the Tuning Offsets.


5-1/2" Precision Triangular Nut File

I use this Triangle File for slotting Bone and Metal eNuts on Floyd Rose Locking Nut Installations. It's also very handy for slotting acoustic guitar bridges and saddles. I have also used this tool for other eNut Installations by V-Slotting the nut slots and it works extremely well for this purpose. Can also be used as a fret file for smoothing fret edges.
I'd also like to let everyone know of a little trick I've found extremely useful when tuning your guitar. Have you ever noticed how all tuners, whether strobe, LCD or Needle type, the needles, LCDs or displays sometimes seem to jump around making it difficult to hit the pitch dead on? The reason this happens is because of the harmonic overtones that are sounded when a string is plucked. You can eliminate these overtones by doing the following. Turn the tone pot all the way down and switch the pickup selector to the neck position. Now tune up. By doing this you will eliminate the overtones and only the fundamental note will remain resulting is a stable tuner display, LCD or needle. Try it, it really does work!


Bone eNut Kit for Guitar or Bass

Includes Bone eNut, Custom Tuning Offsets, Sand Paper and Exacto Saw Blade for Cutting Nut Slots. 100% Real Cow Bone! If you've always wanted the tone that only Real Cow Bone can offer this should definitely be your choice. Simply place in front of you're existing nut and start enjoying the tonal and intonation benefits that the Bone eNut will allow you to achieve. Note: Bone eNuts are 1.75" long and may not be long enough for some bass nuts. In this case you'll need to order the Silver eNut and specify length needed so we can custom cut one for you.

Individual String Compensation

To the left is a Bone eNut that I custom cut for a recent client. This is extremely easy to do with the bone version. Click on the image to the left to enlarge. Simply file the Bone eNut until the desired string compensation is reached. The options are endless. Unlike other systems the eNut is an attractive addition and doesn't take away from the aesthetic of your guitar. NOTE: I do not sell a Bone eNut that has already been compensted like in the picture to the left. I simply included this pic to show users that it is posible and easy to do.

Bone eNut Kit

$21.50 Each Kit

Brass or Silver Metal eNut Kit for Guitar or Bass

Includes Brass or Silver Metal eNut, Custom Tuning Offsets and Exacto Saw Blade for Cutting Nut Slots. Simply place in front of you're existing nut. Your choice of 100% Silver or Brass eNut.

Note: The Silver and Brass Guitar eNuts are available in two sizes, .064" Height for medium and jumbo fretted guitars and .051" for small vintage fretted guitars or acoustic guitars. The Bass eNut is available in Silver or Brass and is .081" Height. We cut Metal eNuts 2" long. This may not be long enough for some bass nuts. In this case you'll need to specify length needed so we can custom cut one for you.

Metal eNut Kit

$21.50 Each Kit

ETS Custom Tuning Offsets

NOTE: Those that are purchasing either the Bone or Metal eNut Kits do not need to purchase these offsets, they are included when you buy the Bone or Metal eNut Kits. Want to improve your guitar's intonation without altering the guitar itself? I'm making the eNut Tuning System Offsets (slight pitch alterations) available to those that do not wish to alter their guitar but still want to improve their guitar's intonation. Requires a tuner accurate enough to tune in cents (1/100th of a semitone). I recommend the Peterson VS Series Tuners. It's accurate to within +/- 0.1 cents. I know some are recommending the Korg DT-7 but this leaves me puzzled. The DT-7 is only accurate to within +/- 5.0 cents. This is just not accurate enough for applying custom offsets. Here's a chart that compares the two tuners. Sorry, No MGB on Offsets. All sales final.


How it Works
The under $25 Tuning Solution. The eNut™, when used with my custom tempered tuning offsets, gives you a guitar that plays in tune anywhere on the neck. The eNut™ bone and metal nut extensions effectively compensate for the sharpening that occurs at the nut on the first few frets. As a result an E major chord at the nut will now sound like it’s suppose to, in tune. The G string no longer stands out like a sore thumb.
We all know how power bar chords sound out of tune on high gain settings. Not any more! And more importantly, for those of you that prefer not to use my tempered tuning offsets and prefer to tune to standard pitch, the eNut™ will still give you a more in tune guitar.
The eNut™ comes in both bone and metal versions that will fit any acoustic, electric or bass guitar. The bone version requires no alteration to your guitar. The metal version does require the deepening of your nut slots. You don’t even have to glue them down. The extensions simply fit up next to your existing nut and acts as an extension. All you have to do is file the string slots and start enjoying the benefits of playing in tune.
Prior to the present tuning systems on the market today, attempts have been made to achieve better intonation by bringing the nut closer to the bridge than the rule of 18 standard. The Mosrite Guitar Company advertised in the 1950's the improvement of intonation achieved by this method. Individual luthiers have built and customized guitars by relocating the nut, with various degrees of success.
The other two popular tuning systems on the market implement varying amounts of compensation at the nut. Their reasoning is that string gauge and other variables require different nut compensation. While nut compensation is indeed very important, it, alone, cannot solve the issues of dissonance between certain notes. Compensation addresses the sharpening that occurs at the first few frets but slight pitch alterations (called offsets) are required for accurate intonation to be achieved. This is what sets the eNut Tuning System apart from the competition. Our offsets are the best available and eliminate dissonance between the problematic note combinations.

mp3 eNut Samples
Well, don’t take my word for it. I have recorded some Audio Samples of a Strat fitted with the Bone eNut and a Parker Nitefly fitted with the Metal eNut.

eNut Bone Samples -
Fender Strat
eNut Bone Sample 1.mp3
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eNut Bone Sample 7.mp3
eNut Metal Samples -
Parker Nitefly
eNut Metal Sample 1.mp3
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Great News for Those Looking for a Tuner Accurate Enough to Apply our eNut Tuning Offsets but don't want to spend $200 for a tuner

Peterson has announced the StroboSoft software Strobe Tuner. StroboSoft™ uses the power of your computer and its high resolution to accurately display the pitch of your instrument as compared to either traditional tuning standards, our eNut Tuning Offsets, other companies tunings, or contributor settings. With the 0.1 cents accuracy. Click here to go to Peterson's Website.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Why should I choose the eNut over other tuning systems that are on the market?

A. The eNut Tuning System is everything all the other systems on the market are not. First of all, other systems are difficult to install and require major alterations to the guitar itself. The eNut Tuning System is easy to install and requires very little, if any, alterations to your guitar besides some minor nut slot alterations.

Q. What sets the eNut Tuning System apart from other systems?

A. The eNut Tuning System is the least expensive tuning system on the market. But don’t let the price fool you. This system works! Our system requires no bridge or saddle alteration! ETS (eNut Tuning System) offers better tuning accuracy than systems costing 10 times as much. Changing string gauges does not require special adjustments be made to the system.

Q. What are the differences between the bone and metal versions?

A. First of all, both versions offer the same tuning accuracy. The metal version is easier to install. The metal version basically acts like a fret. When using the metal version the nut then becomes a string spacer and the string slots are cut deeper to allow the strings to contact the metal eNut. The bone version requires the strings slot to be cut. The bone eNut then acts an an extension to the existing nut. If you are experienced in cutting nuts then the eNut will be a breeze to install.

Q. Doesn’t bone have superior tonal qualities over metal?

A. Now that I've had a few months to compare the Bone and Metal eNuts tone-wise I'd like to make the following recommendations. If you're looking for traditional tone then you definitely want the Bone version. If enhanced pick attack and harmonic sustain is your cup of tea then the Silver or Brass versions are the ticket. If you are a Floyd Rose player that wants a more traditional tone I suggest the Bone eNut. The Bone version seems to better suit the traditional single coil tone of the Tele and Strat while the Silver and Brass will add a bit of brightening to a humbucker equipped guitar.

Q. Can I use my my inexpensive quartz tuner with the eNut?

A. Yes you can and it will offer an improvement when using standard tuning. But to realize the full potential of the ETS (eNut Tuning System) a more accurate tuner is recommended.

Q. What tuner do you recommend for applying your offsets and what are offsets anyway?

A. Offsets are very slight pitch alterations made to a string. The ETS (eNut Tuning System) offsets require a tuner accurate enough to tune in cents (hundredths of a semitone). I use a Peterson VS-1. But any tuner that is accurate enough to tune in one cent increments will work.

Q. What the heck is a cent?

A. A cent is one hundredth of a semitone. For example, a semitone would be 1/12 of an octave or the equivalent of going from a G to a G sharp. Divide that note into 100 slices and you have one cent.

Q. Are the offsets you recommend using with the eNut the same as the one you have posted here in the past?

A. No they are not. The offsets I recommend using with the eNut are proprietary and will not be posted for general use by the public. They are to be used by those that purchase the system and will be sent to the buyer upon purchase.

Q. Are there more than one set of offsets to use with your system?

A. Yes, I will be creating more offsets as time goes on. Possibly for alternate tunings. I have not decided as yet whether this will be free to eNut purchasers or offered at a small fee.

Q. How do I get technical support?

A. Phone numbers will be included in an e-mail to all purchasers of the ETS. I will also include my e-mail contact info and will respond as promptly as possible.

Q. What materials are the bone and metal versions made of?

A. The bone type is cow bone. The metal versions are sterling silver and brass. I can hear no difference tone wise but some do prefer brass to nickel/silver. Aesthetically, I prefer the silver because it matches the frets. If you're hardware is chrome you may want to chose the silver. Likewise if you have gold hardware then the brass may be a better choice. There's no price difference between the silver and brass models.

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