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Files and ruler for slotting nut

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Geniustoogs, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. Geniustoogs

    Geniustoogs Tele-Meister

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    Hello! Second post of the day.. sorry :)

    I’ve successfully gotten the nut out of my twelve string neck and need to cut the new one. What should I buy in terms of a ruler (I know they make rulers with string slot positions on it) and for files. This is my first attempt at cutting and filling a nut so any additional tips would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
     

  2. NotAnotherHobby

    NotAnotherHobby Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 27, 2015
    Da' Magic Mittin'
    The only allow three posts per day, ya know...


    ;)
     
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  3. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    .....I use a 6" machinists scale available at Harbor Freight or Lowes... 1/64 and 1/32" divisions.



    https://www.mscdirect.com/browse/tnpla/56207335?cid=ppc-google-New+-+Measuring+&+Inspecting+-+PLA_sDGUlkD7l___164110844316_c_S&mkwid=sDGUlkD7l|dc&pcrid=164110844316&rd=k&product_id=56207335&gclid=CjwKCAjw6szOBRAFEiwAwzixBWWeccl_QDSJ-sxgCmI3f2jCQtpSEPZH1Fug8TId6PbGCSpyhl9IYxoC3U4QAvD_BwE

    Sears used to carry one that is 3/4" wide with nice dark spacing. I think they were made by General. New ones tend to be narrower with lighter lines... they are harder to read but still do the job.


    I stick the nut material in a vise. I mark in the end strings, and use an xacto knife to mark them. Then I divide the spacing up with the ruler, marking the positions. A really thin saw will start the grooves but a nut file set really makes the job easy.

    I currently have a Hosco set from Philly Luthiers supply.

    http://www.philadelphialuthiertools...iles/?utm_medium=googleshopping&utm_source=bc

    You need the slots to be filed slightly downward towards the tuners, so the string breaks over solely on the front edge of the nut, and doesn't buzz.
     
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  4. oldfish

    oldfish Tele-Holic

    518
    Aug 23, 2015
    uk
    if you still have the old nut you can clamp them together in a vice and mark the slots off the old one
     
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  5. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Can't you buy a pre cut 12 string nut?..... that would save a lot of tooling up....
     

  6. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 27, 2012
    Calgary, Alberta
    He's not looking for a 12 string nut..;)

    I use the same Hosco set I got from eBay. I have the string spacing ruler and I also use the fret spacing from this diagram.
     

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  7. Geniustoogs

    Geniustoogs Tele-Meister

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    If I were to use that diagram to locate the string slot locations would I use the two lines on either side of the center line to make it a 12 string? Or is that for something else?
     

  8. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 27, 2012
    Calgary, Alberta
    Sorry I didn't see where you asked for a 12 string nut..I reread and saw it. No, you need to find a 12 string diagram. I don't have one unfortunately. If the old one is still together just follow that one as suggested.
     

  9. magicfingers99

    magicfingers99 Tele-Meister

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    May 7, 2015
    atlanta
    http://www.graphtech.com/products/product-detail/pq-1568-00-tusq-nut-slotted-12-strings

    in white or lubricated for your pleasure:
    http://www.graphtech.com/products/brands/black-tusq-xl/black-tusq-xl-guitar-nuts

    then just deepen the slots as needed, saves a lot of time and tears. Love the black tusq, really stops the strings from binding. I use gas jet cleaner files to deepen my nut slots, but I'm an amateur hack who isn't building guitars for a living. They work well, but they ain't the fastest, but then again with my abilities, anything that can slow me down is preventing more damage....

    gas jet files about 2 or 3$ for a set in the welding supplies at Harbor Freight. Might as well pickup a set of metric allen keys, while your there, you never know when you'll need a 4.5mm hex to tighten up a truss rod. I don't worship, guitars I just play them.
     

  10. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Dec 29, 2010
    Illinois
    Harder to describe than to do... What I do is mark the locations of the two outside strings, the octave E on the bass side (mark 1), and the fundamental e on the treble side (mark 2).

    I measure down 7/64 from mark 1, that becomes the location of the fundamental E (mark 3). Now, just lay out ADGB fundamentals the way you normally do using mark 3 and mark 1 as your starting and ending points.

    This assumes you're stringing the drones above (to the bass side) of the fundamentals.

    Now mark the locations of the drones above your fundamentals, I use 7/64 for adg, and 5/64 for b and e.

    You could mark the center of each course, like you suggest, then mark the strings either side of the centers. Generally the B and e strings are slightly closer to each other than the other four pairs. I've seen the G pairs slightly closer to each other, too.

    Another thing to consider is to buy a cheapie 12 string preslotted nut that's close to the width you need and use it as a guide, fudging it a bit here and there to compensate. That's what I did my first time out, and it worked fine.
     

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