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Old 01-16-2015, 01:29 PM   #1
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Broken Nut

Hey guys,

I received a Fender from a friend, but apparently it is broken at the nut.

As you see on the picture, the 4th string has made all its way to the fret board. Do you think I could avoid replacing all the nut, but just fill the hole somehow?

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Old 01-16-2015, 02:55 PM   #2
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It's possible to fill in the slot with a combination of superglue and baking soda, and then file a new nut slot into that. You'll find information on how to do that from StewMac and via several YouTubes. I've done it and it's a good temporary repair.

You should, however, replace the nut. And that's actually easier than you'd guess and inexpensive to boot if you want to do that yourself. The only caution is that you should learn how to cut the nut slots properly and to the correct height (this information is also available all over the intertoobs.

Replace those strings before you get tetanus.
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Old 01-16-2015, 03:23 PM   #3
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Hahaha. Thanks for the info! But are there a standard nuts with the right cuts for strings, which are sold in guitar shops?
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:39 PM   #4
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Hahaha. Thanks for the info! But are there a standard nuts with the right cuts for strings, which are sold in guitar shops?

Yes, I suggest getting a Graphtech Tusq nut they are <$15 typically and you can get them at your local shop or order online. Just make sure you measure the width first.

Having a guitar tech install it an make sure the string slots are correct and the right depth is worth the extra money over the nut
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:46 PM   #5
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It needs a new nut. It looks like the two haves of the nut have moved and the string are not lined up right as well.
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:03 PM   #6
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^^^^ Just replace it, it isn't worth trying to fix it.
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:13 PM   #7
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graptech tusq is an excellent suggestion. It's an upgrade in sound as is brass. Brass wears down thinking long term but tusq is usually the best. Martin guitars to custom shops swear by tusq.

they also make saddles, string retainers and so forth.
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:29 PM   #8
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Hahaha. Thanks for the info! But are there a standard nuts with the right cuts for strings, which are sold in guitar shops?


Of course. You need to know what string spacing you need, and you'll still have to adjust the height (either by sanding the bottom of the nut or by tweaking the slots) correctly. It's not necessarily plug and play.
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