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Nut slots spaced too narrow? (photo attached)

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Thoughtfree, Nov 26, 2020.

  1. Thoughtfree

    Thoughtfree Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Here's the stock nut on the Muslady Strat kit I assembled recently. I am thinking that the two E strings should be closer to the edge of the fingerboard - do you agree - should I make a new nut with wider spacing?

    The nut is 42 mm in width - narrower than I prefer - so if I can widen the string spacing a little, this kit guitar will be a bit more playable. I have nut blanks and nut files, and have made nuts before. Thanks, folks, for your opinion.

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  2. JRapp

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    That looks a little narrow...but if it plays alright, tweak the rest of the guitar and get back to a new nut sometime. Set up the outside strings and space it from there.
     
  3. trev333

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    a 43mm nut might work.....

    I'm more worried about the E-E measurement.... usually @ 35mm for mine...
     
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    My recent experience with some VM Squier Thinlines is the opposite -- high E string slots too close to the side... Add a bit of vibrato and you fall off the deep end -- I'd rather have your issue than this one. I like 2-3/32" from each E string to edge of the fret top before bevel.
     
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    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    All depends on how you feel about string spacing. No rule says you have to use all your fretboard.
    I generally start with the strings 1/8" from the edge of the fretboard.
     
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    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    It does look like too narrow of a string spacing for the fretboard width.

    I prefer my outer strings closer to the edge of the board. I don't mind as little as 1/16", myself. 3/32" is a good sweet spot IMO. It looks like you have 1/8" or more. That can work OK with a wide nut, but it makes things really cramped on a typical Fender guitar neck, with its 1 5/8" nut width.

    The more space there is from the edge of the board to the outer string, the more "roll" I like on the edges of the board.
     
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  7. kingofdogs1950

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    I'm usually happy with stock string spacing,
    but the spacing on my Yamaha AES620HB just felt cramped.
    I replaced the nut with a Tusq pre-slotted that was a perfect drop in fit with minor height adjustment.
    Its not a huge difference, but I like the Tusq nut, both for the wider spacing, but also for the built in lube.
    Happy camper.

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    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I've got seven of these MIM Classic Player 50s Bajas, and just one of the seven has a weird nut array like that.

    I found I could adapt to it readily. I really like it a lot, now, therefore not going to mess with it.

    However, my overall nut width is a little over 1.650 inches. I'm excused from doing math tonight - if your neck is decidedly narrower than that, you might set my advice aside as not useful.

    I agree with DavidP - slots too close to the edge are a bigger problem.
     
  9. Thoughtfree

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    Thanks, folks. Not a giant issue for most of my playing, but open-string cowboy chords low on the neck can be problematic on this guitar. Probably a new nut will have to happen.
     
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  11. Thoughtfree

    Thoughtfree Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Thanks for the nut layout docs!
     
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    That's a bit more from the edge than usual, it only matters if it doesn't feel right to you though. Too close to an edge may be a worse issue. Just buy a pre slotted nut.
     
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    this is sort of liking saying "I have toilet paper" and asking us if you should wipe.

    Get on with it already.
     
  14. Thoughtfree

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    Good advice.
     
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