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G string too close to the edge of fingerboard.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Felken, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. Felken


    Jun 28, 2016
    Ottawa, CAN
    Title sums it up. I'm a total noob when it comes to lutherie. I have no idea how to do this. I have no money to spare and cannot do anything big. The string keeps sliding off.
  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Pics, please.

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  3. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Just Goggle it.
  4. T_Bone_TL


    Jan 10, 2013
    SW VT
    Step away from the stripper with your bass - OK, no, not that G-string.

    Sounds like "new nut" time, at a rough guess before pictures. Unless it's falling off the bottom end only, in which case it might be more move the bridge time. But New Nut will be my position until I see pictures indicating otherwise.

    Or you take the strings off and the nut turns out to be loose (and the E string is way in from the edge) in which case it might just need a dab of glue.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2017
  5. Felken


    Jun 28, 2016
    Ottawa, CAN
    Pic for all yall. The bass is not even a year old. It came like this. B string is not an issue.
  6. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    A new nut may be in order. How 'bout a pic of the bridge / body / lower 1/3 of the neck?

  7. RyFi


    Jun 3, 2011
    Regina, SK
    It kind of looks to me like the strings are evenly spaced edge-to-edge, instead of center-to-center like they usually are. Does anyone else agree? If that's the case, I'd get a new nut with corrected spacing that pulls in the string spacing towards the B and gives you an extra millimeter or two at the other end to keep your G away from the edge.
  8. T_Bone_TL


    Jan 10, 2013
    SW VT
    So is it from a reputable manufacturer / authorized dealer? At less than a year old I'd expect it to be a "fix under warranty" issue - which would be better for your expressed lack of experience with such stuff, but should not involve more money.

    Unless it's "new, from eBay, may take 6-10 weeks to ship from somewhere far away..."

    And I think @RyFi is correct
  9. Felken


    Jun 28, 2016
    Ottawa, CAN
    It's Squier.
  10. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    Let me guess: its like that at the heel too. But the E side is okay? Common issue.

    Loosen the neck screws and push the neck over to the E side and align the strings on the neck. Tighten the screws.

    Scratch that...., that nut does look like it's cut wrong.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2017
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  11. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    unless requested otherwise, I typically cut a nut so that the outer strings have 1/8" from the edge of the fretboard to the outer edge of the string.

    closer to the body, I like to keep the same spacing along the edge of the neck or increase the gap slightly so there's a bit more side-side play before the string drops off the side of the neck. a lot depends on player preference as to how much room is enough up high on the neck
  12. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Loosen the four screws holding the neck on.

    Shift the neck slightly at the top to re-align the strings.

    Tighten the screws.

    Done, and problem solved.
  13. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    Right that usually takes care of it but take another look at that pic of the nut. It's cut too close to the edge for comfort.
  14. The nut needs to be replaced as already mentioned. You can change the bridge to a narrower model to gain more room, or shift the neck as described, but both will only address the issue in the upper registers of the neck, not in the lower area, where you ,play most of the time. Id take it to a luthier, tell him what the problem is, and have a new nut cut to the bass.
  15. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Agreed, now that I look (as I should have first). New nut time.
  16. BusyFingers


    Nov 26, 2016
    If you bought it new, take it to a Fender certified tech. They will likely be able to replace it properly for free. That nut was not cut properly.
  17. If that was mine I'd get a new recut nut so the strings are even and closer together.
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