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will using thinner strings cause nut problems?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by darthbatman, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. darthbatman

    darthbatman

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    hey folks,

    i've seen the opposite question addressed, when people switch to heavier gauge strings, time to file them nut slots..

    how about switching to a lighter gauge? obviously you can't add nut :rolleyes:
    what i'm wondering is are there other problems i should anticipate.
    i think maybe a thinner string would mean more moving around in the slot?

    also of note, i should mention i actually have a solid brass nut someone was kind enough to build and install.
    i like it cause it adds a unique sorta metallic zing to the tone. so if ordinarily I'd be worrying about wearing
    grooves down into a wooden nut over time, i'm not sure that would affect my brass one.
    if i'm planning on going from standard 45-105 down to maybe 40 60 80 100,
    what else should i maybe be concerned about or keep in mind? thanks :cool:
  2. Jensby design

    Jensby design

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    Yeah, nothing to worry about. I have gone as much as .054" with the same nut and had only minor spacing issues.
  3. mrmills

    mrmills

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    Shouldn't be a problem so long as you get the neck/bridge adjusted for the tension differences.
  4. ixlramp

    ixlramp

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    No problem, i'm using a .045 in a .135 slot and have used a .007 in a .032 slot.
    It's not the 2 slot walls that hold a string in the slot, it's the downforce centering the string in the curved slot floor.
  5. Flyingfrets

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    Actually, you can.

    Probably not worth the effort unless you're talking about a vintage instrument & are trying to keep the parts as original as possible, but...

    You need a blank nut made of the same material as the one you're using. You grind/sand the blank till you have a pile of dust to work with. You'll also need one of the syringes that's made for precision application of super-glue.

    Once you put a fine film/dot of super-glue into the nut slot, sprinkle the dust you ground off the blank into the slot. Repeat as necessary to close the diameter/depth of each slot to the gauge of the lighter strings. File to final shape/size if needed. You don't want the strings binding...

    It can be done, but generally it's far less trouble to just replace the nut altogether.
  6. darthbatman

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    hah, wow that's interesting. where there's a will there's a way!

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