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Nut lube at Home Depot?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by bassrique, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. I've never had to lubricate any nuts on any basses I've owned before, but I recently purchased a guitar that may need a little help, as some of the string are a little sticky up there.

    I know guitar shops carry a product specifically for this, but I'm not making that drive today. I will however be at Home Depot later, and I'm wondering what these nut lubes are made of? Can I get the same thing by another name at Home Depot? Are they silicone based?
  2. ByF


    May 19, 2009
    If your strings are sticking in the nut, the slot in the nut may be a little too narrow. So, a little work with a nut file (or even very fine sandpaper) may be in order. The idea is to make the slot wider without making it any deeper, of course.

    I have never used commercial nut lubes. A little bit of graphite makes a pretty good lube--just rub the point of a pencil in the slot. In general, you don't use silicone-based products in guitar work, because if it gets on the finish, it can make future finish repairs more difficult--the silicone is nearly impossible to remove.

  3. slyjoe

    slyjoe Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2008
    Valley of the Sun (AZ)
    What Ed said - a pencil.

    The other problem with silicone also is that it attracts dirt like crazy,
  4. iammr2


    Jun 10, 2002
    I like to lube my nuts at home with a pencil.
  5. JTE

    JTE Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Or, get a little tube of powdered graphite at a "home improvement" store. It'll probably be around the locks. I got a tube about 15 years ago and I'll never have to buy more, and I use a touch every time I restring the 4-string basses ('cause they have Hipshots on 'em).

  6. Craig_S

    Craig_S Inactive

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    Just be sure not to throw it on your gig bag and forget about it. I had a tube open up on me. What a freakin' mess. I had to throw out some stuff get a new gig bag.
  7. spigmu


    Mar 25, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY

    Be sure not to use the sharpened ones for that. Use the pencils from the B-E-A-D ATK. But you knew that.
  8. RTL

    RTL Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Leander, TX
    Me too! I'd show the OP my special nut-lubing technique, but it makes me uncomfortable when people watch.
  9. XylemBassGuitar

    XylemBassGuitar Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 14, 2008
    Durango, CO
    Owner and Operator, Xylem Handmade Basses and Guitars
    I break off a piece of candle wax and rub it in the slots a lot of the time. The nuts need re-lubing more often, but I like the feel and how it works.
  10. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA

    Sounds painful! :bag:
  11. Good advice. ;)

    The stuff in music stores is called "Nut Sauce"! Just don't get the Habinero one! :eek::D
  12. That's it! And now that i think of it, the stuff kinda looks like it has wax in it.
  13. LowBSix


    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    TEFLON powder that can be bought at a crafts store is what I've used on Brass Nuts for about 25 years and I still have the one and only one I've ever purchased....

    Very clean! Possibly a TEFLON type of spray would work...