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tips on cutting nut?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by doghouseman, Oct 26, 2020.

  1. doghouseman

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    just got a neck from warmoth and the slots in the nut are too narrow for fat strings. So I guess I need to open them up a little bit?

    I would like to put 12s on the bottom but right now it only takes 10s.

    Any tips on nut cutting?
     
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    Don't gouge the headstock. Go slow. Use good files.
     
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    If it is width and not depth that's the problem then you can try just a strip of sandpaper through the slot. Can't remember what grit I used, it was just a scrap I had, but went gently and it worked well.
     
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    Hopefully not your own! Find a good doctor!

    Wait. We might be talking about different things.
     
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    I like to use a file that is 2 to 4 thousands wider than the string. You can rock it slightly to widen the slot but be careful, it is possible to break the nut. Approach the final depth slowly - you can always take a bit more off, its hard to put it back on. Roll the exit of the slot towards the tuner.

    I measure both first fret clearance and back fret clearance (fret at 3, measure the gap at 1). Do the frets first, of course and make sure the relief is where you want it.
     
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  6. doghouseman

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    Got a file coming from Stew Mac. I would assume they have some of the best files.
     
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    Cradle some sandpaper around a 9 or 10 gauge string then sand the slot as needed, frequently laying in the 12 until desired. Mind the depth.
     
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    Plenty of videos online to answer your questions.

    Here's one to start with....

     
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