Is the string spacing on my guitar off?

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  1. marklcfc

    marklcfc TDPRI Member

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    Since I bought my guitar last August I've always felt the bottom e string is very close to the edge, more so than it was on my previous guitar. It took a while to get used to and still throws me off a bit. I've noticed the nut has more of a gap between b and e, also the gap between g and b is small compared to the rest. I just wanted to check if thats how it should be. I've attached a photo to help you see what I mean.

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    Peegoo Tele-Afflicted

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    Yes, it's not perfect.

    But very few guitars are.
     
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    That's not too bad. It's hard to tell from the first couple frets, but it looks like maybe the neck needs a tweak. If the small e string gets closer to the edge, as you get farther from the nut, you can adjust it a bit so the small e string is more parallel to the edge of the fretboard.
     
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    Fill that B string in on the nut some baking soda and superglue and cut a new slot or get a guitar tech to cut you a new nut
     
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  5. marklcfc

    marklcfc TDPRI Member

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    So is the e string where it should be? It's always felt much lower than on my previous guitar and I sometimes miss it and press the string off the guitar but is that because the b is too far up?
     
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    chulaivet1966 Tele-Afflicted

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    Yes....I agree the string spacing looks wrong to me too and I wouldn't be happy with it as is.
    Although I'm no luthier, I cannot see any reason that string spacing on the nut would be intentionally spaced that way.

    Back to it....keep us informed.
     
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  7. marklcfc

    marklcfc TDPRI Member

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    I'm going to contact where I bought it from but I've had the guitar 6 months now, I should have done it earlier.
    A local luthier has quoted me £45 to replace it though.
     
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  8. Lonn

    Lonn Friend of Leo's

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    Looks like the B string is off, too close to the G.
     
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    That is worth it IMO. The B slot is definitely off.
    The E slot seems ok at the nut. If the E string is too close to the edge, it’s probably a neck alignment issue: unscrew the 4 bolts a little (with strings under tension), and force the neck into the right position by applying pressure with your hand near the headstock. Once a good alignment, just screw back the 4 bolts.
     
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    I couldn't live with that. And I'm probably over-reacting, but I would take this opportunity to have a new nut properly installed and the guitar fully set up.
     
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    yes
     
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    Sounds like a well-spent 45 pounds.
     
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    It does indeed, however if it's a £99 guitar I can understand why someone might be reluctant.
     
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    Would still be money well spent.
     
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    Was it used or new? I have always found pre-cut or factory installed nuts to have even spacing. That looks like someone started from the low E and after cutting the G realized there wasn't enough space left. If it was my guitar and I had any issues at all with the E strings coming off the fret board I would replace the nut. That seems to be the case as you said "It took some getting used to and still throws me off a bit."
    I have cut one nut with uneven spacing to give more space between the high E and B. The low E, A and
    D are closer together. I mainly did it because I have trouble clearing the high E when finger picking a nut position C chord. It helps and it makes it easier to choke one unwanted string or fret two of the lower strings with one finger. Not a huge difference and not necessary on other guitars with wider (1 11/16) nut width.
    If you decide to replace it make sure you tell the tech the problems you are having with it.
     
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    This ^^^^
     
  17. marklcfc

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    It was a brand new Fender Player series Tele
     
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    AND....the high E is the top string. They're named according to pitch...it's the highest.
    It's also the 1st string.
    And...yeah...the B string is wonky.
    But if the high E is slipping off the fretboard, it is too close to the edge...for you.
    These are matters of preference.
     
  19. Danb541

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    The B string slot is off. Do this

    and then cut a new slot.

    If the high E is too close to the fretboard edge as the string gets closer to the bridge, do this

     
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    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    remember the distance between each strings' center point is not equidistant.. it's "skewed" because the bass strings are fatter than the plain strings.. if the center point is equidistant, then the bass strings feel too close, or conversely, the plain strings feel as though they're spaced too widely.

    Use one of the nut slot guides available in the internet to get the spacing correct.

    r
     
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