Nut Slotting

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Groove Theory, Oct 22, 2004.

  1. Groove Theory

    Groove Theory Grizzly Adams DID have a beard.

    Oct 3, 2004
    The Psychiatric Ward
    Hey, I'm working on a project, and I'm almost to the point that I will need to install the nut. However, in the past I've just gotten a pre-slotted nut, but I think its about time I just get the precision files that I need to slot 'em myself.

    My question is, that when slotting them, I know you dont want the slot to be TOO small or large, how much bigger should the slot be than the string. :help:
    For example, if I'm going to be using a set of regular light gauge strings (.100, .080, .065, .045) would a nut slotted .005 over work (like .105 for the E string slot)? or should it be larger/smaller than that?

    I know that Stew-Mac, and warmoth both sell the files, anyone know anywhere else that can offer a few more sizes?
    Thanks! :D
  2. Gander


    Jun 5, 2002
    I bought .042" and .085" nut slot files from StewMac and they work for all bass strings. Just roll them a bit to cut the wider slots. As far as clearance, I eyeball it just so the string doesn't bind slipping into the slot. Hope this helps.