Is your nut glued or screwed?

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  1. jkingma

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    Back when I owned a couple Danelectros I noticed the nuts were held in place with a small screwed into the end of the fretboard. I always thought that was a pretty good idea, so on my latest build I decided to give it a whirl. I think there are more pros than cons doing it like this. Anyone else done this?

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    If mine don't fit snugly, and a little bit of shellac won't hold them in, I tack the edges in with a dot of CA.
     
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    The screw sounds clever. My only concern would be lifting the fretboard.
     
  4. guitarbuilder

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    I just tried that on my dano build. I had to make my own long drill bit for the pilot hole. I'd just glue it. :).


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    Never did the screw but love the headstock !

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    I always use a small dab of Elmers glue. If you need to remove the nut, it's easy to tap it loose from the side. You don't want any movement of the nut in it's slot for obvious reasons.

    As for using a screw, nothing wrong with it, though drilling bone can be a pain, and you would want a tiny screw for the job. If the nut fits snugly in it's slot, it's probably overkill and the glue method is preferrable.
     
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    Negative, mine is tattooed.
     
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    I wouldn't use a flat or oval head screw as the tapered head could lead to stress cracks, something unlikely with Dano's aluminum nuts
     
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    I use a small dab of superglue except for my CBG's, all of the CBG's have a screw for a nut. DSCF3688.JPG
     
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    Mine just kind of hangs there.
     
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    I like the looks of that John. I certainly don't know if it's a solution in search of a problem or not, but it has a neat and tidy vibe to it.
    Is that a Wenge fretboard on that guitar? Looks nice. I've only done one of those but it turned out pretty.

    Rex
     
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    It would scare me drilling and counter sinking a piece of bone like that and I honestly am not sure I like the look. I'll stick with two small drops of CA that I can knock loose when I need to work on it
     
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    Preeb mentions gluing the nuts really well (hide glue + lot of pressure). That makes sense to me because I think a cavity under the nut would damper vibration transfer. On the other hand the force of the strings pushing it down seems sufficient to not make it move at all so I don't know.
     
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    Mine are fitted tight and don't need glue etc but I put a little glue on them anyway.
    I don't like the idea of the screw. Too risky imo. The nut could break very easily either when drilling or when tightening the screw.
     
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    2 dots of wood glue. Holds 'em in place, & removal is simply a couple taps on the end with a 1/4" dia. pun punch.
     
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    No glue on the Tele one I replaced. Tight push fit and string tension is all it needed.

    But that’s for a Fender style slot.
     
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    Dot of super glue works great. Fitting a screw seems like a bit of unnecessary work

    Of course if in doubt do all three~
    glued, screwed, and tattooed:confused:
     
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    I'm gonna make a wild guess that the screw on the old Danos was to keep the nut in place during the manufacturing process. There's really no reason for that kind of fastening -- just a drop of wood glue, or even string pressure is fine
     
  20. guitarbuilder

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    I have an original dano neck here. The screw holds the nut on and there is no glue. There is a shallow slot that it sits in though. You have to remember that Nathan Daniel was a mid 50's guitar pioneering kind of guy.
     
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