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Old August 13th, 2013, 02:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyones nuts squeeking?

About 2 or 3 weeks after changing strings, my 1st and 2nd stings start to squaeek and creak in the nut slots when I bend them. I always use a bit of graphite in the slot when I change them, but it still seems to happen? any ideas?

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Old August 13th, 2013, 03:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You should probably get a new Nut cut at a guitar shop. Your strings are just to big for the slots. You might want to try widening the slots with a file. Good luck!
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Old August 13th, 2013, 03:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old August 14th, 2013, 04:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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strange considering that the guitar only has 10s on it, so the nut should be fine. and it is when i first change the strings? its only as the strings get older?
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strange considering that the guitar only has 10s on it, so the nut should be fine. and it is when i first change the strings? its only as the strings get older?
Some of them are cut for 9s eh.
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strange considering that the guitar only has 10s on it, so the nut should be fine. and it is when i first change the strings? its only as the strings get older?
Best guess is that its simply the process of the string just slowly working / wedging its way further down into an undersized slot. While it initially can help, no amount of graphite can overcome the underlying problem. Just a couple light swipes with a proper sized nut file will fix it.
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Old August 14th, 2013, 07:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Is there a saying about the squeaky nuts get the most grease. Oh well...I bet there are chicks that dig squeaky nuts.
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Old August 14th, 2013, 07:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Just squeeze a little KY on there and thing will loosen up nicely.
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Old August 14th, 2013, 08:09 PM   #12 (permalink)
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A poorly cut nut slot can bind the strings, and depending on the geometry this can take time to become a problem. Frank Ford has a good explanation of what can go wrong on his site, Frets.com.

But in my experience the squeaky nuts don't get greased nearly as much as they want to...
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And make at least one pair jockeys to reduce friction otherwise virgin coconut oil will help but it's quite expensive so use it sparingly.
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