Dismiss Notice

Welcome to TalkBass.com!

Register your free account to unlock features including:

  • Post messages or start new discussions
  • Send private messages to other members
  • Upload images and video to our gallery
  • Enter free giveaways
  • Get rid of this notice, and much more :)

Filing the nut

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Jay2U, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    I wanted to modify a nut for slightly heavier strings, so I needed a file for the job. As I didn't have the right size available, I had to find an alternative. Maybe this is old news, but a small drill and some sandpaper make a very suitable file in virtually any size.

  2. Yeah, I do too. I use a chainsaw file sometimes as well.
  3. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    For light mods, this works nicely. Personally, I prefer emery cloth as it conforms to the bit without creasing. Then again, I'm spoiled as I own a set of nut files.

  4. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    That's a really good idea. I have a set of gauged nut files, but they are for guitar and I don't have ones big enough for bass strings, so I'll try your idea. Thanks for the tip.
  5. Sponsored by:

  6. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Queens, NY
    Great idea! I have been wanting to buy a set of nut files, but don't have the money to spend.
    I do, however, have a huge set of various sized files (inch, metric and letter designations).

    I like the idea of using emery cloth, too.

    We also need to adjust for the thickness of the emery cloth/sand paper, for the overall size.
  7. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    FWIW, I found the Dremel Micro Bit kit to contain more of the useful sizes.


Play guitar too? Become a founding member of TalkGuitar.com