Help with non-flat nut slot

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  1. ppg677

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    StewMac fingerboard with a nut slot that didn't come perfectly flat.

    I tried to flatten with a stack of broken hacksaw blades.

    It's not flat and I'm running out of room. Help! This guitar is otherwise finished and all assembled!

    I suppose I could try to shape the nut to fit the contour, but no idea what the contour is...

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    Fender radiuses the bottom of the nut seat to match the fingerboard radius. Maybe Stew Mac did, too?

    It COULD be as simple as putting a piece of 220 grit sandpaper on the fingerboard and sanding the bottom of the nut.... If Stew Mac does it the same as Fender.

    If not, call Stew Mac and ask them if it's supposed to be flat. If they say yes, then see if they will give you a discount on their nut-seating file! Specially designed to flatten the nut seat.

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    Just to add to my previous post... there's no way a contour gauge will be accurate enough. (Well, there may be a way, but I'm extremely skeptical!)

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    It's supposed to be flat. Another thing I may try is a piece of sandpaper glued to a long/flat piece of plexiglass
     
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    Many 8" and 10" single-cut files (Nicholson, etc.) are just under 1/8" thick. Apply a piece of Scotch tape to the wide flat sides (front and back) of one edge of the file, leaving the side (narrow edge) exposed. Doing this prevents the file from widening the slot as you use the edge of the file to flatten the bottom of the slot. Use short strokes; that helps keep the slot straight across. Take your time. If you get in a hurry, you'll take off more than you need.
     
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    I use the side of a regular mill file that was intended for metal.


    I don't like the look of that butt joint right past the nut, that looks really weak.
    I suppose the glue joint is under compression but I have never seen a neck done like that...
    That would worry me a lot more than the nut slot.

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    Are you sure you are meant to be sanding it flat? Allparts necks are radiused in the nut slot and require sanding that radius into the bottom of the nut. Sounds odd to me that you would sand that radius flat.

    The contour would likely be the same radius as the fretboard.
    You can lay sandpaper on the first fret and sand the radius into the bottom of the nut on that.
     
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    Its strong. Super glue worked really well in that end-grain joint. I couldn't flex that joint open by applying pressure (whereas I could easily when I tried normal wood glue). Plus as you mentioned, with strings it is under compression.

    Its different, but I think it works.
     
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    I buy longer pieces of wood...

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    Stewmac does sell nuts with an arched bottom to fit the arched nut slots, just have to look for them.
     
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    I'm with Mike on that one. I wouldn't trust that head stock any further than you could throw a Gibby's head...

    as for the nut slot... don't get hyper... put some thick glue in it, stick the nut in it and string it up.. the glue will fill any void it can find...

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    It didn't go as planned and I improvised... the beauty of a Telecaster is that if this headstock is bumped against a wall at the wrong angle (or dropped) and that portion fails then the neck can be easily replaced unlike a Gibby! I still suspect it will be strong enough.
     
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    Just use a needle file
     
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    That was a curved nut slot. Meant for a curved bottom but. Yikes.
     
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    Supposed to be like that, the nut slot is curved like Fender has done in the passed and will utilize a curved bottom nut. I'd be on the horn about that shady glue job at that joint and be trying to get an exchange for a better neck
     
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    If you're just trying to match the radius of the nut's base to that of the slot... the slot is usually cut to the same radius as the fingerboard... so.. do it this way....

    just place a piece of sand paper across the fingerboard and use that to sand the radius into the bottom of the nut..



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    Looks like figured stock was put on top of the "regular" maple at the headstock. Because of the radius from the headstock face to the nut position, veneering is a tough row to hoe. How the glue-up was done will impact strength at what appears to be a butt joint behind the nut. If the blank was prepared with a tenon into the longer portion of the neck, it could actually be pretty strong. But there's probably no way to know that without destroying the neck unless the vendor would know/disclose it.
     
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    Exactly how I do it. It’s the only way.
     
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