Frequently Asked Questions
The Guitar NutBuster® is an attachable, user-installed, completely non-invasive Locking Tune Stabilizing System that’s easy to use and offers significant control over the most common tuning problems.
The Guitar NutBuster® requires no modifications, wood routing or screws and is not permanently mounted to the guitar in any way.
It is a completely floating and suspended system that attaches solely to the strings and hovers over the headstock completely off of and away from the wood and paint finish preventing any damages from possibly occurring to the guitar while in use.
Guitar strings are continuously moving back and forth over the nut during normal usage which greatly increases the odds of a string getting stuck and causing the guitar to “sound” out of tune.
The Clamping Down/Tune Locking feature of the Guitar NutBuster® combines the individual tensions of all (6) strings to create a collective and unified tension that forces the strings to move together and return back to their clamped down and “in tune” positions.
The Guitar NutBuster® is a floating and suspended system that actually hovers over the headstock and is located just behind the guitar’s nut.
It doesn’t actually mount to the guitar itself but is solely held in place by the guitar strings as they run through the Guitar NutBuster® and into the guitar tuners.
The Guitar NutBuster® attaches to the guitar in minutes during a normal string change routine by fishing the strings through it and into the guitar tuners.
Proper setup and procedure by closely following the appropriate Setup Guide for your guitar is key to gaining the most benefit and having the very best experience possible while using the Guitar NutBuster®.
The Guitar NutBuster® is designed to be used with all (non-locking) stock tremolo systems available.
However, the Guitar NutBuster® is also a great tune stabilizing system for non-tremolo equipped electric and acoustic guitars adding noticeable sustain and tone enhancements while also offering the convenience of fine tuning accuracy using the on-board Micro-Tuners!
Guitars that have (3) tuners per side headstocks will typically experience tuning problems associated with the “D” and “G” strings hanging up and binding at the nut do to their extreme string path angles.
The Guitar NutBuster® re-aligns and straightens the string paths as they exit the nut while simultaneously locking all (6) string tensions together preventing string/nut hang-ups or bindings from occurring and keeping the guitar in tune!
Traditional locking systems require irreversible modifications to be made to the guitar. Due to its patented “All-in-One” and floating/suspended design, the Guitar NutBuster® is the only Tune Stabilizing System available that is completely non-invasive, non-damaging and requires absolutely no modifications, wood routing, screw holes or guitar parts swapped out.
All for just a fraction of the cost when compared to purchasing and installing a Traditional Locking System. The Guitar NutBuster® is proudly designed, manufactured and assembled in the USA!
Locking tuners enable string lengths to be minimized reducing tuning issues related to having “extra string length” coiled around the tuning posts but they unfortunately do not directly address the primary source and cause of the most common tuning problems which is the guitar nut itself.
The Guitar NutBuster® addresses the primary cause of tuning problems directly at it’s source without having to make any modifications or changes to the guitar, eliminating the need to install locking tuners!
Frequently Asked Questions
There are no issues with using a guitar case while having the Guitar NutBuster® installed.
The Micro-Tuners only extend an additional 3/16″ beyond a traditional locking nut allowing the case to function and close normally without interference.
The Guitar NutBuster® is extremely versatile and can accept all string gauges up to .075″ in thickness.
A guitar’s tuning reaction to a broken string while using the Guitar NutBuster® will not change and remains the same as it was prior to using it.
If the tremolo system is set to be non-floating (tremolo bar can only move downward) or if the guitar does not have a tremolo system installed then the guitar will not go out of tune if a string is broken as normal.
However, if the guitar has a tremolo system that is set up to be floating (tremolo bar can move both upward and downward) then the guitar will likely go out of tune if a string is broken as normal.
The Guitar NutBuster® does not alter the guitar’s natural balance in any noticeable way.
The Guitar NutBuster® offers significant control over the most common tuning problems associated with a guitar’s nut however the overall tune stabilizing success also depends upon the quality, setup and functionality of the guitars existing bridge/tremolo hardware.
Considering that the Guitar NutBuster® is solely held in position by the strings and is not directly mounted to the guitar neck, it doesn’t remain completely stationary during use and will subtly move in accordance with the natural movements of the strings.
The entire premise for choosing the Guitar NutBuster® is to be able to gain significant control over the most common tuning problems without requiring any modifications, screw holes, routing of wood, damages to the guitar or have any parts swapped out.
All for a fraction of the cost to purchase and install a Traditional Locking System!
Removing the Guitar NutBuster® is as simple as removing the guitar strings from the guitar during your next string change!
The Guitar NutBuster® is extremely versatile and is designed to be used on Standard 6-String Electric & Acoustic Guitars having a common (1-3/8”, 1-13/32” or 1-7/16”) Low E string to High E string spread at the nut. This basically covers the vast majority of common guitar models available having a Total Nut Width of 1-11/16″ (plus or minus 1/32″). There are (2) installation setup options to choose from based upon the guitar’s nut location and fretboard style.
* Fits Both Right and Left Handed Guitars *
(Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any compatibility questions or concerns for using the Guitar NutBuster® on your particular guitar model.)
Important Note: (The Guitar NutBuster® is not recommended for certain radically designed guitars having an extra wide headstock, an extreme High “E” string angle off of the nut or with certain wide headstock “Flying V” guitars without also using a String Caddy Clip™ coming soon.)
Although originally designed to keep standard tremolo system equipped electric guitars in-tune, the Guitar NutBuster® also offers noticeable tone and sustain enhancing benefits that are especially apparent on acoustic guitars due to its 2.2 oz. solid tool steel mass resting and resonating directly behind the guitar nut.
Most importantly, having the added convenience of On-Board Micro-Tuners offers the ability to actually make fine tuning adjustments which is pretty rare and extremely useful on an acoustic guitar!
The Guitar NutBuster® is made of 2.2 oz. solid 4140 tool steel which not only makes it virtually indestructible but also offers welcomed sustain enhancing benefits due to its pure mass and being attached in such close proximity to the guitar’s nut.
The Guitar NutBuster® is proudly designed, manufactured and assembled to the highest quality and standards in the USA.
To ensure the very best experience using the Guitar NutBuster® there are (2) Setup Guides to choose from based upon the style of fretboard your guitar has. It is best to review both Setup Guides and choose the one that is most appropriate for your type of guitar.
Setup Guide (A) is for standard (6) string electric and acoustic guitars having a fretboard that extends past the nut. These are guitars that typically have a headstock with all (6) tuners on-one-side, but not always.
Setup Guide (B) is for standard (6) String Electric or Acoustic Guitars having a fretboard that ends at the nut. These are guitars that typically have a headstock with (3) tuners on-each-side, but not always.
Important Note: Proper setup and procedure by closely following the appropriate Setup Guide for your guitar is key to gaining the most benefit and having the very best experience possible while using the Guitar NutBuster®.