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Short string problem

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by sdgrfan, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. Hi folks! First post. I just came into a very nice Ibby SR900FM. In putting new strings on her (D'Addario EXL170), I've run into a small problem and wonder how others on this forum might handle it.

    The E string, and only the E string, is not quite long enough for the outer-most layer of the string to go through the nut, probably due to the fact that I am using thru-body mounting. This outer layer comes right up to the nut, but it does go far enough to seat into the nut. The rest of the strings are fine. It is not a bad pack as I opened another set and the E's are the same length.

    Would you shim the nut's grove just a bit to make up the difference?

    Would you change mounting so that the strings mount on the bridge?

    Or is it okay to leave it alone? I realize this might change my setup a bit, but is it okay like this?

  2. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    In the future you need super long D'Addarios for that instrument thru body.

    You can still use the string. Some paper in the nut will do... Folded up business card etc...

    The only other issue could be if the taper gets caught on the nut it may not tune properly. It can also cause open string buzzing at the first fret.

    unfortunately they don't sell single super long E strings yet...

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