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Rick setup tools

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by JellinWellen, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. My new rick is in need of a slight tweaking. My neck is perfectly flat from what I can tell and my E and A strings are where I want them. However my D and G saddles are bottomed out and I can't get the action as low as I want.

    I'm pretty sure its due to the nut slots being cut waaayyy too high so I plan on filing them down a little bit. I've never had to do so before so what can I grab at the local home depot that would work well for doing such a task? I plan on getting a proper nut driver for the TR's too while I'm there.
  2. Anyone?
  3. Randall


    Aug 6, 2009
    stewmac.com has nut files. Take a look at their site for lots of info. Not sure if you can find anything local at the hardware store.
  4. Yikes, at what those cost I'd rather just take it to my local tech and get it done professionally for less.
  5. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    You can use a needle/round file which you probably can find at HD or a hobby store.
  6. Okay thanks, I may look back into DIY'ing the nut then.
    I checked the joeysbassnotes setup guide and my neck appears to be flat on both rods.
    My intonation is fine and I just cant make the D and G saddles go any lower.

    Its pretty difficult to fret those two strings at the first fret and the nut for sure looks higher cut than the ones on my previous bass.

    Sound like a nut issue? I read on TB that the nuts come cut high from the factory.
  7. You can actually use an old string to file the nut when you don't have any other tools to do so. Use it like a cord /chain file goind back and forth. Use the same or near the same gauge, and take it slow.
  8. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    Sand paper clamped around a drill bit:

  9. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    Now that's a seriously good way to do it! DIY jig???
  10. Dropped it off at the local tech today, got it back 6 hours later. He did a great job. The nut was indeed cut too high and not wide enough. My D string actually snapped getting it out of the nut he said. Told me there was no angle at all on the nut and was another major problem. 26$ later and everything's fixed. I'm very happy. :D
  11. So the neck still needs to be straightened out, I went by the local HD and grabbed a 1/4 in. klein nut driver but the thing wont fit over the threads of the truss rods and go around the actual nut. Its too short, any suggestions?
  12. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2008
    It may take a thin-wall, deep well socket.