ZS-16 Slotted Replacement Nut for Mandolins

$34.99

Material

Hand

Slots

The Zero Glide Replacement Nut System borrows the "zero fret" concept to reduce string contact in the nut by up to 93%, increasing tuning stability, playability, and open string tone. It only takes a few minutes to install with absolutely no permanent alteration to your instrument. For Mandolin.

Also available in Black Delrin.

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See sizing guide for correct fit.
  • Length: 29.9mm (1-11/64")
  • Radius: FLAT
  • Production Height: 9.5mm (3/8")
  • End Height: 9.5mm (3/8")
  • Fingerboard: 7.1mm (9/32")
  • Thickness: 5.9mm (15/64")
  • Fret Sizes: S, L, M, H (.024", .035", .039", .043")
  • String Spacing: 21.7mm (55/64")
  • String Gauges: .042", .042", .028", .028", .018", .018", .013", .013"

Reviews

Bought 2

Jun 27, 2016

One for Fender Telecaster, the other for Breedlove acoustic. Both of these guitars are top 10 instruments. The Zero Glide nut improvement came through as described on Youtube demos. So much better string action (lower with out any fret buzz) Clarity in open string tone chords and pulloff plucking, faster tuning to pitch, using electronic tuner, remaining in pitch once strings stretch has settled in. I took my time to install on both guitars about 2 hours for each instrument. Have new custom Guitar that I will 99% sure I will add this improvement to soon. I see this becoming a standard upgrade to many popular manufactures. Lastly the sustain in open chords on all strings cant be described.

Juanito from Review pulled from Stew Macs Zero Glide Product Page
Great once installed

Jan 27, 2018

Works as described but installation was a pain. I have a warmoth tele neck that I installed it to. I had to cut back the nut slot a little to fit the new bone nut and fret in place. I thought it would just drop in.. I wasn't anticipating that but my skills didn't let me down. I filed the nut and fret down on both sides a little, added some super glue and now it works great. i have a bigsby so tunning is a breeze now!

Miguel from Review pulled from Stew Macs Zero Glide Product Page
Very useful

Mar 19, 2024
My cheap Les Paul-like copy model guitar used to buzz and was effing annoying so I decided to get this on Amazon. And this made the guitar stop buzzing and look very more great Thanks a lot P.S. I think Gold Tone should get their Store on Amazon so that whoever lives outside the US can buy their products easily.
D.I.Y. freak Review pulled from Stew Macs Zero Glide Product Page
Zero Glide ZS-17F

Jul 7, 2017

I purchased a '97 Squier Vista MusicMaster Bass locally. The stock plastic nut needed replacing or filing. I had already pulled the nut off of the MusicMaster and had all measurements noted before replacing the stock nut temporarily. The Zero Glide ZS-17F Precision Bass Precision Bass model specs matched up with the MusicMaster specs. Cool. After my Zero Glide arrived I pulled the stock nut and lightly sanded the nut slot on the fretboard with fine sandpaper to remove any debris or adhesive residue used on the stock nut. Next I slid the Zero Glide nut onto the fretboard. Nice snug fit. The width of the Zero Glide was perfect. My next step was to make sure that the top / flat surface of the nut was flush with the fretboard. This is crucial to allowing the fret to seat correctly on both the fretboard and the zero fret nut. On my MusicMaster this required a very thin shim under the Zero Glide nut. Once the nut was seated properly it was just a matter of selecting which of the fret sizes provided is required for the instrument. In my case this was the longest installation step time-wise. Once you have selected the proper fret, mark the fret and cut with the proper tool. Examine the cut end of the and correct any imperfections due to cutting on the tang of the fret by filing. A small bench top vise with padded jaws and high quality file makes this step a snap. Installation time in my case : - shimming me the nut, less than 10 minutes - selecting the correct fret size, 45 minutes - all filing on the fret ends and top corners of the nut, less than 15 minutes I'm very pleased with the results. The open string notes sound like fretted notes of course, and I was able to achieve noticeably lower action without fret buzz after a setup. I'm especially pleased with the improved note definition of the open E and A strings. I did not check the intonation with the stock nut on the 1st five or so frets before I installed the Zero Glide, but the intonation is fine on the lower frets. My order was processed and shipped promptly and Gold Tone customer service is excellent. Thanks for a great product !

Charlie Review pulled from Stew Macs Zero Glide Product Page
Great Product!!!

Nov 16, 2016

I've owned guitars with zero frets and always wondered why the idea never really caught on...For me,It improves the feel,tuning stability and playability..I was interested when I saw this device and wondered if it was something I would be capable of installing without risk to my acoustic... it turned out to be easier than I'd hoped..with just a small amount of sanding I had it installed in less than an hour...I'll be ordering at least one more to try out on one of my electrics..thanks Bob M.

Robert from Review pulled from Stew Macs Zero Glide Product Page

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