How do I fix a loose nut

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How do I fix a loose nut

Postby Ron Daves » Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:35 pm

The nut I have for the guitar I am building is about two playing cards thinner than the slot. What's the best way to fix this?
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Re: How do I fix a loose nut

Postby Steve Senseney » Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:46 pm

Stick in 2 playing card thick pieces of paper. You can leave it loose or glue it in.

If you want it to not show, buy a piece of bone from the pet shop, and cut a new nut that is a little thicker. You can also make nuts out of wood (generally the harder the better) corian, and other various materials.

I personally think bone is best for a guitar.
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Re: How do I fix a loose nut

Postby Nick Middleton » Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:11 pm

You could also fill in the gap between the nut and the headstock with matching-wood
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Re: How do I fix a loose nut

Postby Brian Dyskin » Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:29 pm

+1 to adding matching timber - This one was done like that on purpose.
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Re: How do I fix a loose nut

Postby John Hamlett » Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:25 am

I'd just make a new nut, throw the one that doesn't fit in the drawer and hope something comes along that it will fit.
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Re: How do I fix a loose nut

Postby Patrick Hanna » Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:40 am

All of these suggestions are valid. It depends on how fussy you are about appearances and how creative you are with things like wooden infills. You could even compromise. Fill it with strips of cards or veneer strips and play it that way until a new, thicker nut blank arrives in the mail. I'm serious.
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Re: How do I fix a loose nut

Postby Ron Daves » Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:43 pm

Patrick. Okay, thanks for the suggestion.
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Re: How do I fix a loose nut

Postby Arnt Rian » Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:25 am

I always do what John suggested, whenever I file the slots too low, the nut too small, whatever. It doesn't take that long to make a new one, once you get into the habit...
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Re: How do I fix a loose nut

Postby Ron Belanger » Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:12 pm

Best to make a new one. Keep the existing one and make the nut slot on your next instrument a little narrower
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