Loose nut. Is using gorilla glue/ super glue ok?

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  1. Geoff738

    Geoff738 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    As the title says. Flat bottom bone nut on maple neck has come loose and is sliding around.

    Can I use a couple drops of the gorilla glue I have lying around. Just worried if I screw it up how difficult would it be to fix?

    Thanks,
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  2. schmee

    schmee Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Use super glue, gorilla expands. A tiny drop of super glues does it.
     
  3. stormin1155

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    Yep. Listen to Schmee...
     
  4. moosie

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    No Gorilla glue, unless you want the nut to be there forever, popped out of alignment as the glue grows and grows...

    Don't really need any glue if it's a proper tight fit, but two pinhead drops of either CA or Titebond works fine. But really, not much.
     
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    Neither sir.
    A tiny thin layer of Elmers, or wood glue.
    You WANT the bond to break fairly easily.
    Nuts break, wear and are subject to damage.
    You want your next change to be easy.
     
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  6. benhenny

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    Yes - do as moosie says. Use as little plain wood glue as possible. You'll thank yourself later when you need to replace it.

    Watered down Elmers too like Brookdale Bill says. You want it water soluble.
     
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    This.
    Super glue for frets if needed, not for the nut.
     
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    Thanks guys. I’ll get some wood glue.

    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
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    Gorilla glue shouldnt come within a football field of a guitar
     
  10. Geoff738

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    This gorilla glue is basically super glue. It’s not their regular stuff. That said I think I’ll go with wood glue.

    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
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    I wick some wood glue into the nut ends to seal the gunk out when the nut is in it's spot.... or a dab of clear nail polish...

    wood glue is easy to wipe clean with water. and you can reduce string tension if it wants to move before the glue sets.....:)
     
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    As stated above ...a properly fitted nut will stay in place without glue ... and be much easier to remove ... I agree with a dab of Elmer's if needed ...
     
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    Elmers. Use super glue (or similar) and you'll be prying bits of your headstock off your nut when you remove it next time.
     
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    This company has a variety of problems; all very confusing. I prefer to keep all of them, way away from something like an electric guitar. The stuff stains your hands, semi permanently and performs unpredictably. Sometimes you get no expansion when you need some and sometimes you get enough to make a door or window inoperable. I think it has to do with the life span of the product, whether stored opened versus sealed from the source, versus brand new shipment.

    I'm officially Scared Off from the Gorilla Brand. I needed some super sticky tape, and their product hardly adhered at all.
     
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    yep another vote for elmers white glue or wood glue-something that will break- no gorilla glue
     
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    I keep a small bottle of white school glue around for just this purpose. A sharp rap from one end pops it loose when it's time to remove it.
     
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    As if anyone else needed to say it - no Gorilla glue.
    I know they have 37 flavors now... but the last time I used Gorilla glue, it expanded like spray foam insulation, lol. Not sure what application you'd use an expanding glue for, but not on a guitar!!
     
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    This is your best bet. It's not too permanent nor too soft. I like the Titebond II because it's good all around and moisture proof.
     
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    no one else except moosie specified the correct amount of glue - go back and read the post
    I will specify it even further
    do NOT put any amount of glue on the bottom of the nut.
    Do not use CA

    IMHO The best is liquid hide either hot or titebond - bond breaks readily when you want to remove the nut
    a a little dab'll do ya on either side of either end and when it sets hard it will hold the nut in place just fine
    Even if it does pop out again sometime go easy - no one ever had a breakdown over a loose nut and it is 1 minutes work to put it back

    One more cautionary note:
    make sure the nut is well seated before you walk away - nothing worse than a cockeyed nut
     
  20. LKB3rd

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    Big no to anything strong. Elmer's glue because it is weak . You only need to hold it strong enough to not fall out when the strings are off, but you want it to pop right out the next time you want it to.
    I would put a small drop on the front edge in the middle.
     
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