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Nut file sizes or make shift?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Boundforglory07, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. G60syncro

    G60syncro Tele-Meister

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    I have some regular needle files, square, round triangle and whatnot that I use to rough out the slots. I also use my rasor saw with a .010" thick blade for the smaller plain strings. The I use 400 grit sandpaper folded in half for the small strings and fold it ove itself some more as I get to the bigger ones. I always use the ratty set of strings that came on the guitar while setting it up and cutting the nut. Once I get it where I want I just tune down the strings a little loose and slide the nut up and down with a little toothpaste or valve lapping compound (if you're into cars like me) to break-in/polish the slots. This should'nt affect the action or the rest of the setup, so I just glue in the nut with a bit of carpenter's glue and put a fresh set of strings...

    ...Which reminds me I have a guitar and a couple back-ups to setup for friday's gig!!

    Karl
     
  2. oldsoultroy

    oldsoultroy Tele-Meister

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    mine are feeler gauges, serrated with a small triangular saw file.
     
  3. oldsoultroy

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    I should also note that I made handles for them and then wrapped the handles in some nice leather- I'll have to put pics up for ya's. I find them to be "exquisite".... lol. Seriously though, they work without leaving me wanting something else-
     
  4. Ragtime Dan

    Ragtime Dan Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    I should have noted that I start the nut slots with stewmacs gauged saws. And then round them with the tip cleaners. The gauged saws are a bit cheaper than the nut files.
     
  5. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Doctor of Teleocity

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    So true. Once you bite the bullet and buy them, then use them the first time, you'll wonder how you could have been so stubborn. I know, I put off buying them for 20 yrs :rolleyes:

    That's exactly the set I bought ;)
     
  6. trev333

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    I've flat ground the ends of hacksaw blades carefully keeping them cool/wet so they don't go red and melt..... and used a micrometer to get thicknesses right... for the treble strings... the longer length and stiffness helps... (feeler gauges would work better as they are already to size.)...

    I leave some saw teeth on the edge and round them with a stone ...

    oxy tip files work for the bigger strings.... as a welder I've always had them around...

    not as if I'm making them every day to need dedicated tools for the job...
     
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