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High Nut...No Money

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Evenin Squier, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. Evenin Squier

    Evenin Squier TDPRI Member

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    Heyo...I'm Gary..I'm Irish..I have a new guitar.

    Its awesome.

    Problem is..the nut isnt great.

    I havent any money..on the dole..times are very hard..I need to sort it out myself.

    I've dealt with the 3 fat string slots with a set of Aldi needle files..but they're too obese to go at the skinny strings.

    Anybody got any ideas for the skinny lads?

    I'd say I'll end up using the old folded sandpaper trick..but if theres a better solution I'd love to hear it.
     
  2. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Ad Free Member

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    If you have some old spark-plug gap gauges (feeler gauges)--
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    You can file teeth into 'em with your needle files. I'd sort of round over the edges first, to get a nice rounded bottom to the slot.

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    Actually, here's the thread on TDPRI where that last pic came from.

    Most people would say it's not optimal, but it'll work, and the price is right, if you have the time.... ;)
     
  3. LowThudd

    LowThudd Friend of Leo's

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    I've used a razor blade "CAREFULLY". Again not optimal, but it worked.
     
  4. drvoodoo

    drvoodoo Tele-Holic

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    Use the blade guages wrapped in 400 grit sandpaper would also work. Or string clips of the strings you are using wrapped in sand paper. Be carefull.
     
  5. Evenin Squier

    Evenin Squier TDPRI Member

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    All great suggestions.Thanks a million lads.

    The feeler gauge idea is great..but I'll try the bits of string wrapped in sandpaper first.Must pop around and see how much a set of motor feelers are though

    I'm gonna turn this Squier Standard Tele into a players axe if it kills me
     
  6. Five-O

    Five-O Tele-Afflicted

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    "pop around " I like that...welcome to the forum... And so ya know, the feeler gauge idea worked for me, good luck.
     
  7. metalicaster

    metalicaster Tele-Afflicted

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    Old guitar strings pulled tight and used in a sawing motion work brilliantly for me, plus give a "tailored" string slot
     
  8. Ramblin Ray

    Ramblin Ray Tele-Afflicted

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    If you have a fish hook file, they have a nice tapered edge.
     
  9. nogin007

    nogin007 Tele-Meister

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    Since it's a new guitar, take it back where you bought it, and have them make it right.
     
  10. Evenin Squier

    Evenin Squier TDPRI Member

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    Aww ..its only new to me..I got it in the classifieds.
    It is brand new though.

    Anyhoo..I got the job done by hook and by crook.

    I ended up getting a set of welding tip cleaners for €2 delivered off ebay!

    I managed to go too deep with the high e slot..but a quick search here lead me to the superglue and bread soda..and that worked a treat.

    The guitar is now firing on all cylinders!
     
  11. Commodore 64

    Commodore 64 Friend of Leo's

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    If all the slots were OK, just too high, you could have removed the nut and sanded the bottom...and saved yourself some work.

    Someone made some kind of hacksaw like frame that could be used ot draw strings tight, and wound strings with elbow grease will definitely cut a nut, especially if you use stainless steel strings. Still leaves you a bit in the lurch for the Band e strings though...
     
  12. Keyser Soze

    Keyser Soze Tele-Holic

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    You can even glue a section of wound string to a toothbrush, or other rigid object, then apply some abrasive paste. It won't move as much material as the feeler gauge files, but the results will be clean and smooth.
     
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