Do I need a new nut if going from very heavy to light guages?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by chilliwilli, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. chilliwilli


    Aug 17, 2005
    So I had my 4 string bass setup for detuning a while back which included a nut filing to accommodate a .120 string. I've decided to go back to typical bass string sets. If I purchase a typical 105-45 or 100-45 set do I need to get a new nut installed or is the extra "wiggle room" that my new E string will have not a concern?
  2. Precision101


    Sep 22, 2013
    Extra room for a string is not really a problem "from personal experience" but it can cause some serious open string buzz. If you put enough pressure on the nut by putting the strings at the bottom of the post where the tuners are there there should be enough pressure that the string isn't sliding around in the space. shouldn't be a problem. And a 120 e string? Jeez I use an 85 :D
  3. If the nut was properly cut, no. The tension will keep the string where it belongs.
  4. mech

    mech Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA

  5. chilliwilli


    Aug 17, 2005
    It was properly done

    thanks guys