Guitar Nut Adjustment

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A guitar within the factory has a nut that is hardly playable. Older guitars’ nuts could have been filed or worn down thus the fret buzz cannot be eliminated by adjusting the neck or string height. Here is a different system of filing and adjusting the nut information in the event you have a hot guitar or perhaps a unique nut.

Before adjusting anything, ensure your guitar is strung up properly and that your neck is straight and not bowed or warped. Adjust the truss rod if the neck is bowed. If the neck is warped, then it requirements a more extensive repair. If you like to eliminate fret buzz, level and crown your frets.

You need a set of feeler gauges along with a set of nut files. Different grades of sandpaper comes in handy, too.

Fret each string individually, beginning with all the High E, amongst the 2nd and 3rd fret, utilize your feeler gauge to check the amount of area amongst the bottom of the string and the initially fret. You should have 0.005 inches of area between each 1, and the string must hardly touch the 2nd fret. If this measuring is close or dead on then move on to the upcoming string proper about the Low E string. Consider recording the gap on a piece of paper as you move across the fret board to find the nut slot’s height about the fret board.

Most players utilize a string height of 3/64″. Some like it high with a height of 4/64″, while others like it low with 2/64″ height.

But if you would like, you are able to really employ the conventional way to set the string height, which involves utilizing feeler gauges below the nut and filing right down to the factory depth and width. For me, this way functions better.

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