Cutting slots into a metal nut
I'm converting my 4 string t40 to a 5 string, and I'm going to use the existing nut, but widen the Low E slot for the B, and cut three more slots for the E, A and D (obviously the high G stays the same)
When cutting the new slots, what's the "ideal" width? the set of strings I'm using is a pretty standard set
.045 | .065 | .080 | .100 | .130
Do I want the slots to fit exact? Or a little bigger?
right now, with an unaltered but 30 year old metal nut, here's the 4 slot measurements.
.060 | .071 | .088 | .104
the G string slot is a lot larger than the G itself, but the other slots are more snug, and they get more snug as the string size increases. Is that by design, or is that level of detail just not that important?
Thanks for the help
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