ZS-18 Slotted Replacement Nut for Basses

$34.99

Material

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 Bass.

Also available in Black Delrin.

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See sizing guide for correct fit.
  • Length: 42.7" (1-11/16")
  • Radius: 12"
  • Production Height: 11.5mm (29/64")
  • End Height: Bass:11mm (7/16") Treble:9.8 (25/64")
  • Fingerboard: 8mm (5/16")
  • Thickness: 5.9mm (15/64")
  • Fret Sizes: L, M, H, J (.035", .039", .043", .051")
  • String Spacing: 33.0mm (1-19/64")
  • String Gauges: .107", .087", .067", .047"
  • Special Notes: Larger String Gauges can be used, but slot will need to be widened (using a file or emoryboard)

Reviews

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
A Lot Less Hassle Than Slotting.

Jun 17, 2016

Resolves the nut-string height issue with a simple and easy installation. Worked perfect on my Heritage 16.

Wayne from Review pulled from Stew Macs Zero Glide Product Page
This Fixed It

Nov 3, 2023
The G string on my Epiphone Dot was bound up in the nut and always pinging loose when trying to tune it. It would suddenly be sharp then suddenly flat etc. I installed a Zero Glide on her her and problem solved. Not only that but it has also improved tone. Honestly I was just trying to do a quick fix in order to sell her but the new life in her changed my mind.
Gene Molloy Review pulled from Stew Macs Zero Glide Product Page
Zero Fret for Hofner Ignition bass

Nov 3, 2023
This is a great upgrade not just for replacing the nut but adding the zero fret gives some tone clarity on the open strings . Easy install no issues glad I did it .
S.Bravo Review pulled from Stew Macs Zero Glide Product Page
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May 15, 2017

I just put the Zero Glide on my guitar. Very impressed. This is as close to perfect as I can get. I can bend all over the guitar and 95 of the time the notes come back to the original pitch....the few times they don t it s so minimal most people wouldn t notice it....I really believe that it s probably the tuners....they re decent low grade tuners. Nothing special. Amazing considering this is a 300.00 guitar. I checked the space between the 1st fret and the E and B strings fretted at the third fret...distance between 1st fret and bottom of string .....they looked like they were less than a thousandth and the guitar was not buzzing on an open string. The action is very low with extra thin strings on it. This made the guitar play even easier. I had the strings set at about 4 thousandths from the first fret while fretting at the third. This took them lower....especially on the first 5 frets. Good job on this I do wish they would have sent me a smaller fret.

David Kennedy Review pulled from Stew Macs Zero Glide Product Page

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