strings and nuts

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by blunderbass, Feb 24, 2004.

  1. some gear reviews make a big deal about the cut of the nut.
    Should the nut be recut when string gauges are changed? How about when fitting BEAD strings to a 4 string bass? What effects or damage will occur if we just ignore this item?
  2. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Well, sometimes the nut breaks. That hasn't happened to me, but if you put a string in a slot that's bigger than the slot, you can see how this would occur. The ideal situation is to decide on a string gauge and cut the nut (or have it cut accordingly) so that it fits the strings tightly.
  3. OK, thanks.
    How about if the string is smaller than the slot? Will this reduce contact and tone?
    My bass (Yamaha Attitude) came with heavy strings already in place.
  4. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    I have a TI B that is .119, so it is a bit loose in the nut (however the C, .032, was tighter than the slot...) - and it makes a rattling noise, though just a faint one, on the open B - but that doesnt come out with an amp. I dont know how much worse this made the tone of the B, but it is bad enough, and im changing it... To stop the rattling, jut wrap some thread aroun it at the nut, that should stop it