cutting a nut narrower

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SeattleSunn, Mar 20, 2014.


  1. SeattleSunn

    SeattleSunn

    Joined:
    May 6, 2013
    Location:
    Seattle
    I have a 76 Jazz that I like a lot. I also have a bass that is wider at the nut. I am used to the string spacing and find on some passages and double stops I would like the strings to be closer.

    Anyone cut a new nut with slots that are closer than what the neck width is set up for? I am not sure what the drawbacks would be. reaching the e string would not be any harder on the left hand, and the strings would be closser.

    Any experince with this?:confused:
     
  2. wild4oldcars

    wild4oldcars

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2012
    Location:
    Garner, NC
    Do you mean to keep the E in the same spot? I certainly would not do this, as you'd get a bunch of unused fretboard real estate under your palm. If you would keep them centered on the fretboard, this is probably the most "correct" way to do it. Any non-centered (skewed?) shift would result in poor bridge alignment, as well as poor pickup response (in theory).
     
  3. grisezd

    grisezd

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2009
    Location:
    Ohio
    Am considering the same on a bass of mine. I don't see a downside.
     
  4. SeattleSunn

    SeattleSunn

    Joined:
    May 6, 2013
    Location:
    Seattle
    Sorry, I meant keeping them centered on the fretboard. I don't want to introduce a twist in to the neck. I just want the strings a little closer.

    I don't like the strings close to the edge of the neck anyway, I have slipped of the edge of a fret on the g string more than once.

    Anyone else have any experience with this?

    I suppose I could cut a new nut and try it. I could always go to the old spacing.
     
  5. Register to disable this ad
  6. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2001
    Location:
    santa maria,california
    I do this on all my basses. Recommended!
     
  7. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2009
    Location:
    N.H.
    Yes, I had the same issue with a G string slipping off the edge
    of the fretboard.
    I had 2 luthiers look at it and both agreed that the G string spacing on the nut was off causing it to get pulled off the neck while playing.
    Had a new nut cut and adjusted, no more problem.
     
  8. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2004
    Location:
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Disclosures:
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I don't see why this would be any problem, you're just "scrunching" the strings a few mm's closer to the center of the fretboard... ar one end. The effect down over the pickups by the bridge would be tiny, inconsequential.
     
  9. SeattleSunn

    SeattleSunn

    Joined:
    May 6, 2013
    Location:
    Seattle
    Thanks for the responses. I am not sure why I didn't think to do this a long time ago. I will try it on a bass I am having a neck swapped on and see how it goes.
     

Share This Page