Replacing the nut on an Epiphone SG pro

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  1. Tomás Gabriel

    Tomás Gabriel New Member

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    Hello there! I was looking to know if it is possible to get a pre-cut nut that fits an Epiphone SG 400 Pro, since im horrible at using a file and i also have no such tools (if you dont believe me, here goes a picture of a pickguard i filed myself)
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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    You can get them pre-cut, but you still have to set them up. The cuts are only guide marks to show you where the strings go. There's no such thing as a pre-made nut you can simply drop in and go. Take it to a tech.
     
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    Go Nigel Go Active Member

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    Yup, most things like that ship a bit oversized so they can be fitted by hand to the guitar. The level of fit and finish required is simply beyond what is possible with even the most expensive and accurate mass production techniques.
     
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    I replaced one or two with a Tusq. Only needed to cautiously sand the bottom of it to get it at the right height.
     
  5. Tomás Gabriel

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    For the bridge, looks good with long saddle slots.
     
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    So now i only need a good vibrola and it's practically done XDD, any all of you recommend? Im kinda scared cause when i buy stuff myself it's always a bit bad
     
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    Not me, don't know a thing about tremolo/vibrato systems.
     
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    yap, that one will do...

    but if you re not familiar in installing the nut,
    you may be better get it to a luthier for to put it in.


    same goes for the vibrola/whammy.
    (which im not a big fan of on an sg,
    always look a bit off, for my taste,
    and stable tuning can be an issue)
     
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  10. Tomás Gabriel

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    Yeah, i'll probably take it to one, but most of them are like 50 minutes away from me, and we just got in lockdown again so that may become an issue XXDD

    About the vibrola, I didn't like it either, but starting to look at 64 SGs, that vintage look started to grow on me so now i reaaalllyyy want one
     
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    Do you really want a vibrola, or do you just like the idea of one? I ask because even with a roller bridge, tuning stability is never going to match, say, a Strat. And even those have problems you have to address either in the build or your playing style. If your playing doesn't absolutely demand a trem, I would not fit one.
     
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    I like them both honestly, of course, i know there are tunning issues, but have heard many people don't have thoose issues. Im praying that I'm one of those lucky ones. If something goes wrong, I'll just do a "dereck trucks". Cause i love my strat cause of the tremolo, but I prefer my SG, so the tremolo, while giving it a vintage look, will add functionality, so i don't have to bend the neck like a crazy dude. Even if i end up removing it, the "derek trucks solution" kinda keeps the vintage looks without tunning issues XDDD

    I've been looking on ebay for some good ones, and stumbled upon this one: Link
    don't know if it fits, but if it does seems like a good choice
     
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    At $10 a pop for the Graph Tech Tusq XL, buy 2 or 3. You mess up one, lesson learned for cheap.
     
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