jbab
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#1
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?
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#4
you could probably buy a really tiny file, but it would probably cost as much as a new nut would any way.
hminh87
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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.
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Last edited by hminh87 at Apr 1, 2010,
AcousticMirror
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#6
you need to recut the nut
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hahaokayman
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#7
If you choose to file, you don't want to file the string groove DEEPER, but you want to file it WIDER instead.
jbab
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#9
Quote by hminh87
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.
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hminh87
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#10
^ 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.
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ESP LTD Deluxe H-1001
ESP LTD Deluxe Viper-1000 STBC
ESP Edwards E-EX-100STD
Warmoth Paulcaster "Tiger"
Tanglewood TW170 AS
Vox Tonelab ST
Blackstar HT-1R