Odd nut on a Jeff Beck Strat

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  1. Mike_LA

    Mike_LA Tele-Afflicted

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    Hi Gang, I was perusing CL and came across a Jeff Beck Stratocaster.

    The nut is a 2 step affair (I am assuming for intonation) but when I when to the Fender site that model it shows a roller nut.

    I'm sure someone can explain the mystery nut.

    Thanks
     

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    This is a 1999 model. It's the nut Fender was using at that time. It's design limits the string gauge however.

    I think this might be the last year for it before they went to a roller nut.
     
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    Think they call those Wilkinson Roller nuts. I’ve got the earlier generation of that nut on an 89 Strat Plus. As mentioned, you’ll have troubles getting some G and D strings to fit through on 11 gauge and above (some 10 gauges, too). You can even see in the picture where the prior owner did a lousy job at trying to remedy the problem himself. Not sure when they switched from the all flat ones to the 3 angled ones on the bass side, like yours. Eventually they switched over to the thinner LSR models with the ball bearings.
     
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    It goes the other way around - the first Wilkinsons were the 3 angled (i.e. 1 roller) on the bass side and flat (i.e. 2 rollers) on the treble side. Roughly end 1987/start 1988 they go the entirely flat version (i.e. 2 rollers for all 6 strings). But Jeff liked the original version (3 angled/3 flat) so the Beck Strat had that style Wilkinson instead of the revised flat version.

    Fender went to the LSR nut (with the ball bearings) on the Strat Plus/Deluxe Strat Plus/Strat Ultra and the Jeff Beck Strat in early 1993.

    Actually that is a 1990/91 Beck Strat - known Fender serial number screw-up where some 1990 models had "N9xxxxx" instead of "N0xxxxx" decals. A Beck Strat from 1999 would have the serial number on the back of the headstock.

    Edited for clarity: I originally said "a real 1999 Beck Strat" which could be construed that I was meaning that the one the OP showed was a fake - when all I meant was that it was not from 1999. Of course the one shown is a real Beck Strat so I edited the post to read "A Beck Strat from 1999" instead.
     
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    the "3 angled ones" came first, in the mid 80's. That is the nut that Jeff Beck uses on his guitars. The one shown above came into play around 88-89 and was used until around 1993 when they switched to the Lace roller nut.

    Reference: https://xhefriguitars.com/page2.html#C11
     
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    As previously mentioned, it is a Wilkinson Roller Nut. I have a '93 Fender Ultra with that a similar nut.
     
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