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Do I need to glue in my nut?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by bglaze, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. bglaze

    bglaze Tele-Holic

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    I sanded my nut width down just enough to fit snugly into my maple neck's nut slot. It takes some pressure to seat it, and once it is in, it doesn't move without concerted effort.

    Do, I need to glue in my nut at all? I was thinking of leaving it unglued, since it fits snugly, which should make repairs or swapping nuts in the future very easy.

    Thanks!
     
  2. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I’ve left nuts alone like that, forgetting about it after I fine tune it for a few days. But wood moves, most folks bend strings, so I’d put two drops and two drops only of wood glue. Some people say CA (1 drop) since it taps out clean, ok. Whatever you choose, one or two drops.
     
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  3. moosie

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    Yep, one or two small drops of glue, white or CA. I put it on the floor of the pocket, not the walls.
     
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  4. bglaze

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    Excellent, thanks for the advice, guys!
     
  5. TRexF16

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    When they say small they mean way small. I use a toothpick to put a couple less than pinhead sized drops of white glue in the bottom of the nut slot.
     
  6. adjason

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    I've made about 7 or 8 guitars and have yet to glue in a nut-does not seem to matter
     
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  7. RyCo1983

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    I have 2 guitars with the nuts not glued....my Tele is super snug and has no movement whatsoever.

    My Schecter...now that one moves if you bend it. It's sat in a case for 2 years or so...haven't gotten around to putting some glue on it yet...I might never get around to it. It's a beater.
     
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  8. MRey

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    Replaced the nut on my standard, the final fitting was so tight I didn’t want risk damaging something pulling it back out, it’s been fine for over a year.
     
  9. old wrench

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    I've been cutting mine with a nice snug fit and not using any glue. Once you're strung up and tuned, there is quite a bit of force pressing down on the nut. I've been using bone and occasionaly Tusq, and they don't budge, even with whole note bends in the first few frets. But on the other hand, if the nut falls out of the slot with no strings on, I'd say a small (real small) drop of glue might be in order :).
     
  10. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Doctor of Teleocity

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    ”Do I need to glue in my nut?”

    Only if you want her to stick around
     
  11. Endless Mike

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    I knew you wouldn't disappoint.
     
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    Endless Luv :D
     
  13. BryMelvin

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    YOu can use a drop of lacquer to secure the snug fitting nut instead of glue. It fractures easy if you ever need to replace it.
     
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  14. Mr Green Genes

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    Me too. One drop in the bottom.
     
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    White glue?
     
  16. Endless Mike

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    Preach it, Brooke...
     
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  18. moosie

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    OK, but won't break out as cleanly as CA or lacquer. Still, using NOT VERY MUCH, a tiny chisel can clean up the pocket pretty easily.
     
  19. Endless Mike

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    As long your capacitor doesn't flux, you'll be fine.
     
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    the glue is there only to keep it from falling out during restringing.... the normal tension of the strings when tuned to pitch are more than enough to keep it in place...

    and.. "white glue".... yeah, or good old yellow wood workers glue... DO NOT use CA. . . some poor tech may be called upon to work on it sometimes in the future, and glue it in with something permanent like CA, and the nut has to be destroyed to remove it.. otherwise the probability of damaging the neck is present....

    with wood glue a tap or two and it pops free....

    Ron Kirn
     
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