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Old February 8th, 2011, 06:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fretboard nut slot too wide

So I'm heading down the homestretch on my first from scratch tele build and I've found that I carelessly cut my nut slot a hair too wide. Anybody have a preferred method for dealing with this? I'm thinking some sort of epoxy putty but I haven't really figured out a type or brand.

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Old February 8th, 2011, 06:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So I'm heading down the homestretch on my first from scratch tele build and I've found that I carelessly cut my nut slot a hair too wide. Anybody have a preferred method for dealing with this? I'm thinking some sort of epoxy putty but I haven't really figured out a type or brand.
Can you just cut your own nut to the width of the slot, or is it too wide toward the first fret and throwing everything off?
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I probably could cut a new nut but I was hoping to use the blank I had and save the time and effort. I'm pretty sure the extra width is on the headstock end.
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Glue a sliver of maple or rosewood veneer behind it if it is on the peghead side. If you don't have any wood scraps, use a piece of business card. If it is on the edge toward the fretboard, I'd go for a matching sliver of wood.
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Old February 13th, 2011, 12:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Since I didn't do a build thread I figured I would just throw this here. All in all I'm pretty satisfied with how it turned out for a first time from-scratch build. I didn't need to shim the nut after all, just glued it in and it seems pretty solid. I still need to go back and recheck all of my grounding as I seem to have a bit more of the classic buzz than I would like, but it still sounds pretty good.
The beast behind it was the first build I did about 10 years ago with a straight through neck from Carvin. Looking at the contours now I'm not sure exactly what I was thinking at the time. (Or what I was on )
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