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Old January 30th, 2013, 09:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Replacing a nut- too "short"

So I bought a cheapo epi Les Paul off of ebay with a broken headstock. I've got the headstock repaired but I figured while I was at it, I'd replace the nut with a good bone one. I got a replacement bone nut from Stewmac- pre slotted.

The string spacing matches the old one, but the new one is "shorter" by about 1/16". Like, if you put both nuts in the slot, the string slots are about 1/16" closer to the fretboard on the new one.

So a couple of questions:
  • How far off of the fretboard do I need the nut slots to be?
  • If I need to somehow "raise" the new nut, any advice on how to do it?

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Old January 30th, 2013, 09:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So a couple of questions:
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  • If I need to somehow "raise" the new nut, any advice on how to do it?

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Old January 30th, 2013, 09:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've raised a nut before using a slice of hardwood veneer glued to the underside of the nut.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 09:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've raised a nut before using a slice of hardwood veneer glued to the underside of the nut.
I'm a total woodworking noob. So that means an exterior slice of plywood?
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Old January 30th, 2013, 09:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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He means glue a skinny piece of wood to the bottom of the new nut, trim it flush all around, and glue it into place.

Just a drop of Titebond to attach it, you may need to get it off someday.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 10:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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He means glue a skinny piece of wood to the bottom of the new nut, trim it flush all around, and glue it into place.

Just a drop of Titebond to attach it, you may need to get it off someday.
So what's a good source for a little slice of wood that's 1/16" thick?
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Try Hobby Lobby if you can't slice one yourself. Or someplace that carries radio control airplanes- someplace like that which carries stuff for arts and crafts. To be honest, a popsicle stick would work pretty good.

As an aside, I'd either make a new nut or make a bone block to extend the height.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 10:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Try Hobby Lobby if you can't slice one yourself. Or someplace that carries radio control airplanes- someplace like that which carries stuff for arts and crafts. To be honest, a popsicle stick would work pretty good.

As an aside, I'd either make a new nut or make a bone block to extend the height.
Thanks for the help.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 11:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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...... To be honest, a popsicle stick would work pretty good.

As an aside, I'd either make a new nut or make a bone block to extend the height.
as an alternative to popsticle you can alse keep an eye out for wooden coffee stires. I have seen birch and maple ones.
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Old January 31st, 2013, 09:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
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The strings are closer to the fretboard... but is it a problem? The strings should be as close as possible to the fretboard without buzzing.
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