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  • Installing a new Nut into an MIM Strat

    So you may have seen my story about getting a used MIM Strat and having the nut crack when I was tuning up the 6th string.

    Username "Nevermind" was really awesome and was nice enough to send me 2 replacement nuts made for MIM Strats.

    I got them today, but they are a little too fat to fit in the slot at all, so I would think that it needs to be sanded down a little. I was wondering a few things also..

    1) What grade sandpaper should I use to sand down the nut so it fits?

    2) Whats the best way to install it? Put glue in the nut slot, then slide it in from the side or Push it down from the top while tapping it lightly?

    3) The grooves for the strings seem kinda shallow. Are they supposed to be that way or do I also need to get a small file and make the grooves deeper so the strings fit in them all the way? I'm not sure if the old one was like that because it had a lot of wear, or if that's just the way they are supposed to be.

    Thanks for all your help guys, I should have it repaired and working tomorrow if I get some advice and can pick up the stuff I need.

    Thanks again for taking the time to read and help if you can.
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    $50 bucks at a tech shop including the cost of a nice graphtech nut.
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    • #3
      get a tech to do it. I did so there wasn't any guesswork but make sure they are real luthiers with a lot of experience. Every Guitar Center knows several. A luthier I used charged me just $40 to replace the nut. He put one of the new Tusq nuts in...
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      • #4
        I assume he sent you a preslotted Tusq nut.
        Yes they are a little wide so position the nut to get your string spacing to
        the fretboard edges correct and sand off the excess.
        You want a snug fit in the slot but not tight.
        Too tight and wood can break or split when you install it.
        Installation from the top is probably best.
        220 grit should be fine to do your sanding.
        A small amount of titebond would glue to hold it in.

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        • #5
          I assume he sent you a preslotted Tusq nut.
          Yes they are a little wide so position the nut to get your string spacing to
          the fretboard edges correct and sand off the excess.
          You want a snug fit in the slot but not tight.
          Too tight and wood can break or split when you install it.
          Installation from the top is probably best.
          220 grit should be fine to do your sanding.
          A small amount of titebond would glue to hold it in.


          ^^^^This,......**************** shelling out 40-50 bucks to have a nut fitted, may as well pay to have someone hold your cock while you piss
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          • #6
            I would agree, get a tech to do it.. Support your local luthiers, they need it!
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            • #7
              I would agree, get a tech to do it.. Support your local luthiers, they need it!


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              • #8

                may as well pay to have someone hold your cock while you piss

                Damn RC, a little harsh but yeah I agree.

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                • #9
                  If you are good at working with your hands, and are confident in your abilities...and want to learn. Try it yourself.

                  If none of the above...get a tech to do it. A nut isn't the easiest thing to get correct the first time. They can be a pain...since there is so much personal fitting that needs to be done, as you know.
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                    Not being cynical here dude.. We used to have two luthiers nearby (10 minute walk from my office, but they could not get the business and had to close their doors) and now I have to drive almost 150 miles to get to the nearest one..
                    If you know how to do it, fine, if not, luthiers are here for a reason...
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                    • #11
                      Not being cynical here dude.. We used to have two luthiers nearby (10 minute walk from my office, but they could not get the business and had to close their doors) and now I have to drive almost 150 miles to get to the nearest one..
                      If you know how to do it, fine, if not, luthiers are here for a reason...


                      Every guitarist imo should be able to do some basic work on their guitars, and the two most basic jobs should be swapping out strings and precut nuts, if it's a LP or a vintage instrument or the nut size is non standard, or a non standard material is required then fair enough, apply for assistance.
                      Otherwise you can find out a lot about your guitar by carrying out these most basic of task. If somebody has absolutely no confidence to touch their guitars at all, the Golden or Yellow Pages is the place to find their nearest tech....and there is a difference between a tech and a luthier. There are plenty of people about who can carry out basic tasks and they shouldn't be charging $50 to swap out a nut unless they're wearing a black n white striped top and a mask
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                      • #12
                        Every guitarist imo should be able to do some basic work on their guitars, and the two most basic jobs should be swapping out strings and precut nuts


                        I agree that every guitarist should be able to do some basic work on their guitars, but I don't think that nut work is really basic work. Changing strings, doing a setup, things like that are basic.
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                        • #13
                          I gotta agree with guitargod0dmw on this.
                          I agree that every guitarist should be able to do some basic work on their guitars, but I don't think that nut work is really basic work. Changing strings, doing a setup, things like that are basic.
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                          • #14
                            I gotta agree with guitargod0dmw on this.


                            A "setup" should include nut work, if the nut is wrong how can you do a setup?
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                            • #15
                              A "setup" should include nut work, if the nut is wrong how can you do a setup?


                              Usually here, nut work is separate from a setup. A setup would be to adjust the truss rod, set the string height, set the intonation, make sure the trem works the way you want it to...

                              When you pay for a setup here, that's the work that is performed. If the nut is wrong and you want the tech to fix it, you pay extra. Usually about $75 extra..
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