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Replacing a nut- too "short"

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by TelZilla, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. TelZilla

    TelZilla Friend of Leo's

    Jan 21, 2007
    Cleveburg, USA
    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?

    Thanks
     
  2. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
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    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee
    A snipped up credit card comes to mind........................
     
  3. Nick JD

    Nick JD Doctor of Teleocity

    I've raised a nut before using a slice of hardwood veneer glued to the underside of the nut.
     
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  5. TelZilla

    TelZilla Friend of Leo's

    Jan 21, 2007
    Cleveburg, USA
    I'm a total woodworking noob. So that means an exterior slice of plywood?
     
  6. Rich Rice

    Rich Rice Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 15, 2005
    Chicago 'Burbs
    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.
     
  7. TelZilla

    TelZilla Friend of Leo's

    Jan 21, 2007
    Cleveburg, USA
    So what's a good source for a little slice of wood that's 1/16" thick?
     
  8. Rich Rice

    Rich Rice Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 15, 2005
    Chicago 'Burbs
    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.
     
  9. TelZilla

    TelZilla Friend of Leo's

    Jan 21, 2007
    Cleveburg, USA
    Thanks for the help.
     
  10. Rich Rice

    Rich Rice Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 15, 2005
    Chicago 'Burbs
  11. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    as an alternative to popsticle you can alse keep an eye out for wooden coffee stires. I have seen birch and maple ones.
     
  12. guitar2005

    guitar2005 Tele-Holic

    710
    Oct 22, 2010
    Canada, Québec
    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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