Okay, so here soon I'm going to be switching from .105 strings to .95 strings. I know I'm going to have to have a new nut cut. So my question is, is this something a beginner can accomplish or would it be best left for a pro? I figure tooling and the nut will be roughly 100$ shipped. Can a pro do this for under that price?
It is an Ibanez Soundgear. It currently has 105 strings on it and I'm wanting to move down to .95. So I know the nut will vibrate due to the string change. And truth be told, the nut that is on it looks like dung. Wasn't finished very well.
The model number is SRX3EXQM1
Just change the strings and see what happens. Chances are you'll actually be good to go with no technical reason to change the nut.
But if you're dead set on changing it for whatever reason, keep in mind that installing a nut and properly adjusting it on an instrument is frequently a one time deal. The nut on my Stingray... my main player... is over 25 years old.
If you simply want the experience of how to do it, go for it. But you might be better served to simply understand how the process is done, and then let a luthier with all the proper files and such do the job.