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The baking soda and super glue guitar nut repair trick

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Richland123, Jul 29, 2016.


  1. Richland123

    Richland123

    Apr 17, 2009
    The baking soda and super glue guitar nut repair trick

     
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
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    Great shirt, Dan! :thumbsup:
     
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  3. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I've done this a few time, but I have a chunk of bone nut laying around that I will file to create some dust instead of baking soda.
     
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  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    it works as an emergency fix but i mostly hate it; the resulting amalgam tends to be soft and grabby, especially on guitar strings. (when i do use it i'm scraping a bone blank to make the dust like @Hopkins does.)

    if i'm not gonna remove the nut to shim or replace, what i've found to work much better is to chisel, carve or saw off one tiny little solid piece of the nut material i need and essentially inlay it into the slot. i'll even file the slot bigger or more square to fit the piece better, supergluing it in once i've got the fit.

    done right, after filing the slot back down to where it should be the result is the string rides on solid nut material instead of a glue/dust mixture, so the tuning and wear performance is not compromised.
     
  5. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Yes, I should have mentioned that this is always a temporary fix. I usually replace the nut
     
  6. Mickey Mao

    Mickey Mao

    Jun 7, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Resurrecting a slightly old thread.

    I have a nut where three of four slots are just *slightly* too deep (fretting at the 3rd fret and there is no gap under the 1st fret).

    Instead of cutting a new nut, would it be acceptable to shim the bottom of the entire nut with some copper shielding material? I think that would give me enough clearance between the strings and the 1st fret, and I could file the one slot that is too high.

    If it matters---it's a flat-bottomed nut.
     
  7. megafiddle

    megafiddle

    May 25, 2011
    A shim could be used as a permanent fix and would be preferable to filling the slots.

    It would be best though, to use a shim material similar to the nut. For example, I had an upright bass ebony nut that was too low and glued ebony veneer to the bottom.

    Also it should be a material that will bond well to the nut bottom. The color can be important if the nut bottom is exposed all the way around like a ramp nut that sits against the end of the fretboard. Color not so important if the nut sits in a slot with only the narrow ends of the shim exposed.

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  8. Mickey Mao

    Mickey Mao

    Jun 7, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Good tip. I may use wood veneer as the shim material, to match the neck material. Since only the ends are exposed, the color match won't be critical.
     
  9. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    I have actually found, when using bone nut dust instead of baking soda or baking powder, that the resulting repair can actually be harder. Even with a plastic nut, I repaired one guitar over twenty years ago like this, and when I was done, not only did the open high E string have more sustain, but the repair has lasted all these years, and will probably last that many more!
     
  10. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    Plus it contains sodium. SODIUM!
     

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