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Stupid idea I got for MacGyvering a nut

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Invisible_Kid, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. Invisible_Kid


    Jun 1, 2010
    So I was thinking about going into High-C tuning on my five string for a change, but since the nut slots have been filed down so much, and I heard I'd need a new nut anyways, I decided to look for a High-C fiver nut online. I managed to find nothing, so I started thinking: what if I took a 6-string nut and just hacked off the B-string end, sanded it down a little, and installed it? Unless there actually are High-C fiver nuts out there :ninja: what do you all think?
  2. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    Just have a luthier make one for you. Anything you buy that's already pre shaped and slotted isn't going to be a perfect fit.
  3. Invisible_Kid


    Jun 1, 2010
    I read this nut replacement thread (http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f57/spuds-easy-follow-nut-replacement-thread-282825/) that convinced me it could be filed/sanded down to fit. Seeing as I don't know any luthiers, do you think I could take it to music shop for a custom nut?
  4. It's a clever idea but has a problem. The spacing on sixers is usually tighter than on fives. This will have the effect of crowding the strings closer together than they are now. Maybe not by a huge amount, but some.
  5. A person at the music shop (they should have a Luthier) should be able to make a new nut for you for about the same money as modifying an off-the-shelf nut.
  6. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    You'd need to find a nut with the same string spacing as your current 5er, and something with the same radius.

    Bring it to a shop and be done with it.
  7. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Before you just drop it at a music store I'd do some checking first.

    The local guy who I'd trust to do it right gets $80 to scratch build and fit a bone nut. Another shop across town gets $40 to take a generic plastic nut blank and kinda sorta fit it to your bass.
  8. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner Mo's Shop & MBD - Tech Nordstrand Commercial User

    May 25, 2003
    Redlands, CA
    did you even tried to install the strings E-C? If on the present nut the slots are not too deep it might work just fine.
    I know ideally it would be better a new nut, but it seems you are not even very sure you'd like it that way (?).
  9. Invisible_Kid


    Jun 1, 2010
    For reference, the slot of the 5th string can fit in a .162 gauge nicely. I doubt it'll take a .105 without a great deal of rattle.

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