I've read pretty routinely here a out the importance of getting a properly slotted nut. Then I got to thinking about the basses with a zero fret, where the string sits on a flat piece of metal with the string guides (for lack of a better word) between the nut and tuners to keep the strings from moving around. So with a regular nut, as long as there's a tiny indent to keep the strings from moving around and you have a decent amount of break angle, you wouldn't necessarily need to have half the string in the slotted nut, right? Personally, I think the zero fret is the way to go, given a choice. You can change string gauges, go to tapewounds, try some piccolos and not have to worry about the nut slots. Thoughts?