Which material to make a bone nut shim?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by maturanesa, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. I got to rise a bit a bone nut but dont know wich material would work better as a shim in order to glue shim+nut.
    Buying a preslotted nut is not an option right now because its a custom/rare 5 string spacing.

    Also, what is better fill the slots or a shim?
    I dont know any harder material than bone to fill them anyway..

  2. Arie X

    Arie X

    Oct 19, 2015
    i suppose i should ask why you need to raise the nut up a bit...but brass or stainless steel shim stock is a good choice for a temp fix. filling the slots never seems to go the distance and they still need to be re-cut, shaped, etc..

    better off shimming until you can get to a shop and have it looked at.
  3. It was a bit harder to press fret 1 so i filled the base of the nut, but now it rattles, so i need to put a thin shim cause apprently i wen too far..
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    the shim is better.

    a thin piece of wood veneer is fine, as is a strip of thick paper (which is really just wood anyway).
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  5. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Beer can aluminum is great as it can be trimmed to size with an xacto razor. Also used super-thin wood veneer as @walterw suggested.

  6. bunnykeeper


    May 28, 2011
    I've tried a lot of paper-based materials: business cards, sandpaper, baseball cards, etc. I haven't noticed any differences in tone or sustain.

    When I file nut slots, I put 2-3 layers of masking tape over the first fret. When it starts buzzing, I know to stop filing, and it's usually not too low to cause buzzing when I remove the tape. Usually.
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  7. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician
    Sometimes I glue the nut to a business card with some super thin CA glue. Then I trim around the nut with a sharp xacto. The thin CA soaks into the business card and really hardens it. Just be careful you don't glue the nut and business card to your work surface - use some wax paper under the card.
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