are nut slot hieights misunderstood?

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Re: are nut slot hieights misunderstood?

Post by rodl2005 » 11 Jul 2018, 10:36

bassbass wrote:
09 Jul 2018, 22:16
Yeah most factory stuff is on the high side, and with low and mid-priced stuff, the angles are also often a bit dodgy. But yeah, they have to put the guitar on the wall in a shop and have it play ok with all sorts of players. Especially all those guys that pick it up and slap the crap out of it in the key of E. :) Plus, with shipping, the action moves around a bit and it has to cope with this.

If your nut sots are too low, you don't just get open string buzz, but you can often get buzz from the length of string between the nut and the fretted note. This is due to the relief in the neck.

If you are going to file your slots, you should be sure to push the low B and E strings down on either side of the nut once they are up to pitch. This is to kink the string at the nut otherwise it will sit up higher than it should.

There's a little bit on nut slots in one of my YT vids. Skip to 9:40...


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Re: are nut slot hieights misunderstood?

Post by blizzard » 11 Jul 2018, 11:21

I've always worked on fret the second fret and the string should just clear the nut. Any good luthier should file the nut to the correct height as part of the setup.

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