Lost The Nut While Waiting For Strings, What's The Best Replacement?

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  1. Dawson Hitte

    Dawson Hitte New Member

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    Okay, so, I had refilled my guitar neck, as the screws had been stripped, and I have put it back on, however, I was waiting for strings to come in. I have completely lost the nut, however, and I am wondering what would be a better replacement I could do for it while stuck at home?
     
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    I made the nut for my Strat out of a beef shin bone. That is probably as good a nut material as you will find. It is certainly better than the original.
     
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    Okay, where exactly do I find that?
     
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    Underneath a cow is favourite. Sorry - just talk to your local butcher. He'll be able to find you something.
     
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    Quick issue with that, even if I knew a local butcher, I don't think they're open, do you think I could by one online?
     
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    You can buy nut blanks in all kinds of material from guitar spares places like Stewmac. That is the better option if you don't want to do a ton of shaping.
     
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    According to an old (mid '70's) interview Randy Bachman replaced the nuts on his strat with metal knitting needles. Just another of the meaningless facts I have floating around in my head.
     
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    That should mess with intonation, since the rounded top of the needle would be farther away from the fretboard than the edge of a square cut nut. Cool idea though, think outside the box.

    In that train of thought, you could shape/notch a toothbrush, a big enough nail or screw, a chopstick ... endless solutions.
     
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    BUY, not by. :rolleyes:
     
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    Get a BONE NUT, and file it yourself. Capo the 3rd Fret and make sure all strings clear the 1st fret by a 32nd...and your in !
     
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    BTW, 4GET STEW-MAC, go to Philadelphia Luthier Supply dot com and save your money !
     
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    1/32? What are you playing, slide? The 1st fret clearance is correct when it is the same as the second fret clearance while pressing the 1st fret. Anything higher is too high.
     
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    While working on the north slope in Alaska, I saw a guitar with a nut made from 1/4” or 5/16” brass shear stock. Lowe’s or Home Depot (both still open) should have em. You can file them into a square-ish shape, cut to fit the width pretty easily, and they file down quick for string gauge. If you mess up, you have whatever length left to try again. Good quarantine project, cheap too :-)
     
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    OH BS, Look, I am not making a tutorial here, but if I had too, Clear the 1st Fret by a HAIR (OK?)while Capoing the 3rd fret, U can file down the height of the string to your Pref(low E=.25?Capo Off) and make sure the front of the NUT has the High Point of the slot. Set the height at 12th Fret @ the Bridge...IDC if your HAPPY NOW !
     
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    Buy a couple....
     
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    New ignore note to self........................................
     
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    Copy that
     
  18. TChalms

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    I replaced the nut on my Epi SG with a Tusq nut from StewMac. It was a very easy replacement. The slots are pre-cut. Just look for a nut of the right width. I had to sand the bottom of the nut down just a bit.
     
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    I got my Epi SG tusq from the dark side (GC).
     

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