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best way to file down a nut?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by newbold, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
    files, knives, or dremel?

    or what else?

  2. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Round jewelers or hobby files. Get a few different sizes.
  3. XylemBassGuitar

    XylemBassGuitar Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 14, 2008
    Durango, CO
    Owner and Operator, Xylem Handmade Basses and Guitars
    What part of the nut are you filing down? The bottom or the string slots?

    For the bottom, I'd use sandpaper with a jig that keeps the bottom of the nut square with the sides.

    For the slots, I would get some gauged nut-slotting files for the string gauges you're going to use (get gauges that are about .003" wider than your strings to avoid slot-binding).
  4. NorCal Dog

    NorCal Dog

    Nov 28, 2005
    for the string slots i use drill bits,, think about it :D
  5. for the string slots couldnt you use a string?
  6. kevinmoore73

    kevinmoore73 Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    I bought a set of "Norman Nut Files" on eBay that work fairly well. They're okay for the money, but I imagine that the StewMac files are much better.

    Maybe your experience with Norman will be different, but I paid him within minutes of auction close and it took him a couple weeks to send the files.
  7. saxofunk


    Jul 25, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Uh, yes, but it's more fun to go buy stuff.

    I use a smaller gauge string with a piece of 400 grit sandpaper wrapped around it for my DIY projects.
  8. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
    string slots

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