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jbab
04-01-2010, 05:39 PM
I've restrung my guitar with a .060 in the high E position and it's a tad too big for the nut so it gets stuck. Does anyone have advice/tricks on how I can file the nut correctly?

pigeonmafia
04-01-2010, 05:43 PM
I hope you mean the LOW e.

*edit*

http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&source=hp&q=how+to+file+a+nut&meta=&aq=f&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&fp=23e9d7872b349109

tetsusiega2
04-01-2010, 05:45 PM
get smaller strings?

Painkiller_73
04-01-2010, 05:45 PM
you could probably buy a really tiny file, but it would probably cost as much as a new nut would any way.

hminh87
04-01-2010, 05:46 PM
You mean the string is hanging on the top of the groove?
If you're completely set for the .60 then the easiest way would be to use a small smooth file to smoothen the side so the string will fit in. If you don't have a file then a clean folded piece of sand paper would probably work.

Remember that the string should not sit too deep inside the nut groove. At least a part of it should be sticking over the nut. It's what most luthiers recommend.

AcousticMirror
04-01-2010, 05:47 PM
you need to recut the nut

hahaokayman
04-01-2010, 05:48 PM
If you choose to file, you don't want to file the string groove DEEPER, but you want to file it WIDER instead.

jbab
04-01-2010, 05:51 PM
I hope you mean the LOW e.

*edit*

http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&source=hp&q=how+to+file+a+nut&meta=&aq=f&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&fp=23e9d7872b349109

I didn't even search google, I'm such a genius :rolleyes:

jbab
04-01-2010, 05:53 PM
You mean the string is hanging on the top of the groove?
If you're completely set for the .60 then the easiest way would be to use a small smooth file to smoothen the side so the string will fit in. If you don't have a file then a clean folded piece of sand paper would probably work.

Remember that the string should not sit too deep inside the nut groove. At least a part of it should be sticking over the nut. It's what most luthiers recommend.

The string is sitting in the groove, but it's a bit too narrow for it to slide properly.

hminh87
04-01-2010, 05:58 PM
^ Then it's maybe not a problem at all. Lift the string up and smooth out some pencil graphite in the nut groove. It will make the string slide easier.

The nut groove is suppose to be quite tight for best energy transfer. Too loose and it might rattle and wear the slot out quicker. Too tight and it might get stuck.