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Easy for a beginner?

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

  1. Okay, so here soon I'm going to be switching from .105 strings to .95 strings. I know I'm going to have to have a new nut cut. So my question is, is this something a beginner can accomplish or would it be best left for a pro? I figure tooling and the nut will be roughly 100$ shipped. Can a pro do this for under that price?

    Thanks in advance!:hyper:
  2. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    What kind of bass is this? Why do you feel compelled to replace the nut at this time?
  3. It is an Ibanez Soundgear. It currently has 105 strings on it and I'm wanting to move down to .95. So I know the nut will vibrate due to the string change. And truth be told, the nut that is on it looks like dung. Wasn't finished very well.
    The model number is SRX3EXQM1
  4. Slowgypsy

    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    NY & MA
    Some thoughts....

    Just change the strings and see what happens. Chances are you'll actually be good to go with no technical reason to change the nut.

    But if you're dead set on changing it for whatever reason, keep in mind that installing a nut and properly adjusting it on an instrument is frequently a one time deal. The nut on my Stingray... my main player... is over 25 years old.

    If you simply want the experience of how to do it, go for it. But you might be better served to simply understand how the process is done, and then let a luthier with all the proper files and such do the job.
  5. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses

    As previously noted, there's no reason to change out this nut, other than cosmetic.
  6. Okies... I'll leave it alone for now
  7. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Bassist for Michael "Epic Mic" Rowe

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    It's a sweet bass (I have one) and going from .105 to .100 didn't give me any real problems, and I'm tuned down to drop C#