Flat or curved nut?

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  1. Telepirate86

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    I need a new nut for my Tele. I took it off to see what replAcement I would need only the nut flew off in pieces and I can't really tell what I need. Can anyone tell for sure by the pics. Its a classic series lacquer Tele. 0907191750.jpg 0907191750.jpg 0907191751.jpg
     
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    It is pretty hard to tell from the pic resolution but, if you see an even thickness from the top of the fretboard surface to the bottom of the nut it is curved. If the depth gets thinner on the edge it is a flat bottom. If your eyes can't tell get a small ruler & measure.

    In case you didn't, you should score the finish where the wood meets the nut before removing them or they will often take finish with them, as well as be harder to tap out.

    Eric
     
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    just lay some sort of straight edge in the slot and rock it. Even a common ruler or whatever. If it rocks you have a curved nut. Pics too fuzzy but guessing it's flat from what I see. Why is the slot bright white? Is that a shim?
     
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    No, its just the maple. The neck finish is very tinted.
     
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    That's a chunky looking neck with some nice straight grain.
     
  6. Telepirate86

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    Its a slim neck, actually. It does look kinda big in those pics though
     
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    Looks radiused in that pic. Place a credit card in there and see if it rocks.

    The PQL5000-00 tusq nut fits 42mm and can be sanded to suit either flat or radiused bottom.

    It will need to be lightly sanded for width and thickness too. It has the nib on the bottom for either fit. You wont find a drop in nut that doesn't need some light work a kid could do.
     
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    No disrespect but I’ve never seen even untreated maple that white?
     
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    Most if not all fender necks are pale like that under the tinted finish unless they are vintage.
    Even then they are paler than where the finish has ambered.
     
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    Yeah, but that looks Dulux brilliant white white
     
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    I think the camera has made it look a little paler but it still looks like my necks when I have replaced nuts or received them unfinished prior to me tinting them.
     
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    Could be, either way makes little difference to the answer I suppose!
     
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    If you need to sand your blank to match a curved slot, use double sided tape to stick the sandpaper to the fingerboard next to the slot.
     
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