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Slapping a .049-.158 gauge set on my fiver; do I need a new nut?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Invisible_Kid, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. Invisible_Kid


    Jun 1, 2010
    The largest string my fifth string nut slot has been able to handle (and the largest I've ever put on) is a .135. I have one question about going up to this high-tension (A standard) set on my Schecter:
    1. If I need to get a new nut, how do I go about doing this?
    2. If I can simply file my nut slots, how do I go about doing this?
    Note that I've never altered my nut in any way.
  2. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    The Brains: FretNation.com
    Depends on how deep or shallow the nut slots are. But most likely, yes...

    You can usually file the nut wider but best to use nut filing tools.
  3. Invisible_Kid


    Jun 1, 2010
    Where would I find those?
  4. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
  5. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    I've had to widen the slots, going from .130 to .142. I ended up just using the string itself to do the filing. Wrap some sandpaper around the thickest part of the string and be sure to just widen it a little bit, and not make it any deeper.

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