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Nut Challenges

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom T on Monday. 22 Replies

I am enjoying building CBG type instruments and have completed 3. One area I am struggling with is the nut. I have been cutting nuts from Corian and fitting to necks that I have crafted using hand…Continue

Wine Box suggestions needed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kigar Mar 10. 6 Replies

For my next project I want to make a 19" scale length steel string tenor guitar. I probably will amplify but would like to see how much sound quality is possible using a box unplugged. I would think…Continue

Tuner post height question

Started this discussion. Last reply by JL Dec 5, 2016. 3 Replies

Just finished my latest project, a baritone ukulele steel string resonator. Used geared tuners but never considered the height of the post which reduces the string angle. When I change strings I will…Continue

Pickup wiring help needed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Grandpa G Nov 21, 2016. 2 Replies

Hi All,Need to solder up the wires to complete my project. I understand I don,t need a ground for this setup but am confused about which wire goes into what hole? Any help would be greatly…Continue

 

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Tom T replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"I'm on board with the zero fret idea as Wayfinder stated. There are many advantages, but here are a few: 1. No String Buzz: Nuts are a common cause of string buzz, even on commercially built guitars. Sure, a knowledgeable builder can carefully…"
Monday
Paul Craig replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"I don't see the point in doing a zero fret myself. Even if you use a zero fret, you still have to make string guides to keep the strings from wandering/moving around. I think a nut looks better than having a zero fret and several screws to keep…"
Monday
JL replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"Gee, and violin was my first instrument, d'oh!"
Monday
Fomhorach replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"I'm with Wayfinder on this one. Zero fret all the way, string space holder behind the zero fret. You can get really creative with the space holder"
Monday
Fomhorach replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"not sure why anybody would make jokes, the results speak for themselves."
Monday
ChickenboneJohn replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"Practice, practice, practice..but I usually use a chisel to finish off the "shelf". With a decently wide chisel you can pare down the shelf in a couple of overlapping passes, and it's much easier to get a nice flat, crisp surface this…"
Mar 18
darryl kernaghan replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"One way to control a file better so your dominant arm does,nt take over is to draw file the material, hold the file horizontal, at about 45 degrees to your work and pull towards yourself, it is an old method of leveling engine block head joints…"
Mar 17
Paul Craig replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"Takes lots of practice to not file like your fiddling a Violin. LOL "
Mar 17
JL replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"I'm curious to learn how you file a nut slot dead flat freehand, I can never seem to not wobble a little and get a little bit convex?"
Mar 17
Shawn replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"And a side shot"
Mar 16
Shawn replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"As others here have side the nut and nut slot Must be flat to each other. i use a plate of glass or a granit salad with sandpaper spray glued to it in different grades to sand the bottom of the nut to make sure it's dead flat. On the not slot I…"
Mar 16
Grandpa G replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"Many thanks to all for your suggestions. I have decided to use the CA glue option and am happy with the result. I might try the "faux trussrod cover" on a future build. Also, my apology for downloading the wrong image. The image I…"
Mar 16
ChickenboneJohn replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"No power tools need for this simple job!  This is a job that can easily be done with a file or a chisel. Every guitar maker, amateur or pro should be able to use  basic hand tools for a simple task like this. This is not a case for using…"
Mar 16
JL replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"I'll agree with what you are trying to say, if not necessarily the way it was said. the nut slots are cut however deep they need to be cut to get the correct action height at the first fret.  But since the string only touches the…"
Mar 16
Timothy Hunter replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"as others have said those string slots are way too deep. get your nut slot or shelf flat and perpendicular to the neck first then user that to give you the size of nut you need. then after you have that in place mark off the fret slots this way if…"
Mar 16
JL replied to Grandpa G's discussion Nut Challenges
"1) use a powertool with a fence such as a table-saw or bandsaw or router table to make the nut slot absolutely dead flat across the bottom with a perfect 90deg edge.  Same with cutting the nut, use a tool with a fence to get the nut bottom…"
Mar 16

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