April 25th, 2012, 07:32 AM
Hi all, first post here.
I m building my first partscaster, and i have some doubts about the bone nut i took from axesrus: the nut's base is curved, and in the middle of this curve there is a little piece of bone. I don t know how to explain it, exactly, but you can check it out on axesrus' site. My problem is that if i fit the nut in this way, obviously not the whole base will be in thouch with the slot, but just the little piece of bone i told you...really don t know what to do.
Do you think i have to remove it? and if so, completely?
I emailed the guys i bought from, but had non answer.....
Please help me guys, i need you.
All the best,
April 25th, 2012, 02:24 PM
Can't help you. Still recovering from calculating the length of Tarbie's rod...
Actually there should be no reason you can't sand the base flat to match the surface it'll sit on.
April 25th, 2012, 02:42 PM
Sounds like a Graph Tech nut. Just file it away!
April 25th, 2012, 02:54 PM
You do not have a bone nut there, it is plastic (synthetic bone). You file the nubbin down a little at a time until it fits your slot, ends and middle - but you are right, it should make full contact on its base and shaping the bottom of the nut is not the easiest thing to get right. The curve of the slot will vary according to fretboard radius, that nut will fit flat or curved slots (Fender slots are curved base). There's not a lot of spare meat on those nuts so don't get too carried away grinding the base off. They're not bad but not as pretty as real bone (which Axesrus also sell - including a genuine curved bone blank i.e. no slots at all)
Then you file the slots for the strings to the right depth, the slots in it now are just guides. These slots are best done with the strings on at concert, you lift them out of the way one at a time.
Then you dress the top of the nut so the string slots are not too deep (or they bind), and then you polish it.
April 25th, 2012, 03:45 PM
I'm sure your wife can take care of your nut better than anyone on this site.
April 25th, 2012, 03:53 PM
I really hope the unintentional sexual innuendo a day thread trend continues.
April 25th, 2012, 04:51 PM
The curved nuts I have seen would end up way to low if you sanded the curve off to fit a flat bottomed slot.
I am not sure how the intended sexual innuendos are going to translate, but I am sure they won't help with his nut problem.
April 25th, 2012, 05:35 PM
I think that the way they are intended to work is, where the nut slot has a flat bottom, you leave the nib there and it sits flat, although it does it on three points.
If the bottom of the nut slot is curved, like a Strat and Tele, you have to remove the nib and then it fits the curve!
April 26th, 2012, 04:59 AM
Ron is correct. Flat slot in neck: leave the but alone. Curved slot: removed that little tab in the middle.
April 26th, 2012, 05:38 AM
thak you so much all you guys, as always you are THE BEST!!!!