#1
Ok, so about a year ago, the nut on my MIM P-Bass broke. I took it to a local store and they put on a new nut and replaced the strings (because they needed strings to file the nut and such).

Now, a year later, I change the strings because I really had no purpose to change them before. So I put the new strings on and I play a couple notes and I realize that the A string pops out of the nut every time I pluck it.
<insert FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!! picture here, because that's how I felt>

There seems to be a couple of problems...
1. The motion of my fingers plucking moving the A string to the side (towards the E string) seems to be one of them.
2. The very slight offset of the tuning peg from the hole (correct word?) in the nut seems to put enough force on the string to move it to the side.
3. The hole (once again...) in the nut isn't a perfect U. The edge of it (on the side nearest the E string) is slightly roudned, thus not keeping the string securely in place.

So the question now is...
1. Why didn't this problem arise with the old string? (Yes, I put the old one back on and it did the same thing as the new string)

And I think I have some ideas for fixing it...
1. I could file the nut myself, making it a more U shape. (probably not a good idea)
2. I could put a tree in (like the D and G strings have) specifically for the A string, because I've noticed that more pressure eliminates the problem.
3. I could take it to a shop and get another replacement nut.


What do you think I should do? Sorry for the wall of text.

-Luke
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#2
String tree or new nut (done by a professional) seem to be the way to go. Good luck
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#4
How many wraps are there on the tuning peg? More wraps means more force pushing the string into the nut.



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#5
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id say just take it to a pro. try bringing it some were different then last time.


Haha well obviously. Stupid chain stores...

But do you think I COULD (I already know that I shouldn't) install a string tree myself? If so, what materials should I use?

Quote by EuBoat
How many wraps are there on the tuning peg? More wraps means more force pushing the string into the nut.

It only has like one or two, and my old strings had like four or five. But that just goes back to the question of why the old string didn't work after I put it back on.
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Last edited by lkngro at Jan 5, 2010,
#6
If it had the same number of wraps it had originally, I haven't a clue.



stratkat
#7
string tree idea sounds brilliant. do it.
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string tree idea sounds brilliant. do it.

How would I go about doing this? (If I do it)
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How would I go about doing this? (If I do it)

just screw it on, make sure it's in the right spot.
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#10
Is there like...a place to buy dedicated string trees or something?
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#11
Should be able to grab one at any place that carries guitar stuff. I've seen them at Guitar Center, and my local music shop has stuff like that.
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