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  • #16
    Re: A trick for nut work using no files.

    Originally posted by STRATDELUXER97
    Great info GJ as usual...I'm going to try this trick on one of my Teles that has some snug slots on the 1st,2nd,and 3rd strings...Is there going to be room enough in the slot for the sandpaper and the string though?
    You've got to use the very fine 600 grit sandpaper, and it probably widens the slot to the point where you could use 1 string gauge higher.....ie, doing it with a 10 high E, you'd be widening it enough to also use 11. You definitely don't want to use abrasive wood sandpaper, or else you'll sand too much material out of the slot.

    And, yes, it's a good idea to detune the note a little, just so the paper slides through easier. You want to drag the folded paper at the same angle the string sits in the nut, so you don't ruin the break off point.
    Originally posted by Boogie Bill
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    • #17
      Re: A trick for nut work using no files.

      I use an old string of the size and file it back and forth like a hack saw. GJ's sounds easier.


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      • #18
        Re: A trick for nut work using no files.

        Originally posted by Scott_F
        I use an old string of the size and file it back and forth like a hack saw. GJ's sounds easier.
        This only works best on the wound strings though,as the plain strings don't remove material...
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        • #19
          Re: A trick for nut work using no files.

          Another trick I've learned, to keep the strings from binding is putting White Teflon Powder in the slots, which they sell at hobby shops for lubing airplane motors. Graphite makes a black mess all over the nut, but White Teflon Powder does the same thing, and you just blow off the excess like it's baby powder.
          You might even be able to use baby powder, because it doesn't gum up the slots, the powder just makes strings glide through the slot with no resistance.
          Originally posted by Boogie Bill
          I've got 60 guitars...but 49 trumpets is just...INSANITY! WTF!

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          • #20
            Re: A trick for nut work using no files.

            Originally posted by Scott_F
            I use an old string of the size and file it back and forth like a hack saw. GJ's sounds easier.
            +1

            Never thought of using sandpaper

            Thanks GJ !!

            EDIT: i can't find 0000 steel wool in my country. can i use 600 grit sandpaper for cleaning the Fret wires?? thanks
            Last edited by fingerace; 04-25-2006, 07:05 AM.
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            • #21
              Re: A trick for nut work using no files.

              Hey GJ thanks for the tip. I will try it as soon as I get home. I was having abinding issue actually. I thin this needs to go to the Vault
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              • #22
                Re: A trick for nut work using no files.

                Originally posted by Robert S.
                I do the same thing with automotive feeler guages.

                Nice tip!
                +1 on the feeler gauges.

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