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Making a new nut from a blank

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by fourstringdrums, Mar 30, 2005.


  1. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Massachusetts
    Hey guys, in the next few months I'm going to be trying my hand at building my own bass by atleast getting a pre-made body and neck for now. I was looking at USACG and I found out that they don't install the nut for you. So, I was wondering how you go about making a new nut from a blank?

    I know that you use different size files to cut the slots, but how do you actually cut the nut to the length and width of the nut slot? Do you use other files to trim it down and shape the sides?

    While I'm here, when it comes to cutting the nut slots, is the main goal there to get the slot at the right depth so that the string is paralell to the fretboard from the nut to the first fret? Also, before you even slot it, how do you know how high to make the nut to begin with?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Phil Mailloux

    Phil Mailloux

    Mar 25, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    Builder: Mailloux Basses
  3. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Massachusetts
    Oh great, thanks. I didn't know Stewmac had this on their site.