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Re: Fitting and cutting a replacement nut

Postby Alba » Tue Nov 24, 2015 6:17 pm

I'm just about to cut a nut. Not as critical as its a guitar with a zero fret. The old nut was made by someone who had been on the drink by the look of it....

anyway, I don't have a nut rule but found this handy online calculator that I thought might be handy for someone...

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Re: Fitting and cutting a replacement nut

Postby Kwackman » Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:39 pm

Very useful info and tips Zen, thanks.
The half pencil, how did you make it?
My attempt failed miserably, it cracks and never in a straight line!
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Re: Fitting and cutting a replacement nut

Postby zenguitar » Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:47 pm

Thanks Kwackman

I used a bench mounted belt sander to make the half pencil. A manual alternative would be to make a groove in a piece of scrap just wide enough to hold the pencil and then use a plane/chisel to remove the excess wood. When you are almost through the wood stop cutting and take out the pencil. Then use some sandpaper on a flat surface and finish the job by rubbing the pencil on the sandpaper.

But the belt sander is a LOT quicker, just needs to be finished with a few strokes on finer sandpaper :lol:

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Re: Fitting and cutting a replacement nut

Postby Kwackman » Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:35 pm

Thanks for that Zen.
I'm off to buy some cheap pencils to practice on...
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Re: Fitting and cutting a replacement nut

Postby Elephone » Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:27 am

Some people might find this an alternative option to replacing a nut, depending on the problem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slCMkvEfK_U
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