Filing a Nut

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by StingrayDerek, Nov 17, 2012.


  1. StingrayDerek

    StingrayDerek Supporting Member

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    I recently joined a band that requires D standard tuning so I bought 110-55 gauge strings so they could handle the tuning better. I realized they might be too big for the nut but bought them anyways and hoped for the best.

    Well, they are a tight fit. So my question is, what is the best way to file a nut so that they will fit?

    Thanks
  2. T-Bird

    T-Bird

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    Hi.

    The best, a dedicated set of nut files.

    The cheapest, fine emery cloth (or plain sandpaper if You're in a bind) wrapped over a drill-bit shank of a proper size.

    Regards
    Sam
  3. SBassman

    SBassman Supporting Member

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    Depending on what the nut is made out of, you can also use - the ends of the strings.
  4. StingrayDerek

    StingrayDerek Supporting Member

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    How much would a set of nut files cost? I only plan on doing this one so I'm not sure if that will be worth it.
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  6. CnB77

    CnB77

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    A lot, plus you might need a few nuts to get it right
  7. StingrayDerek

    StingrayDerek Supporting Member

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    Haha so I guess that is not an option.
  8. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

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