I found this tip in a woodworking magazine and pounced on it. Basically, it's a guide to help me mark a guitar nut for string slotting. It's not the only way...

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Comment by Jeff Sacree on January 28, 2013 at 5:50am

Nice! we like simple and we love cheap! thanks for sharing


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Comment by Boxy Music on January 27, 2013 at 12:33pm

Great idea, I will use that in the future. Cheers!

Comment by South Paw,Davey on January 27, 2013 at 12:44am

Thats a great idea. Thanks for posting.

Comment by Hal Somervill on January 26, 2013 at 4:11pm

Fantastic idea. Thanks for the tip.

Comment by Mark Lindsay on January 26, 2013 at 1:26pm

It's not the only way to do it, it's not the right or wrong way to do it, it's just the way I do it. Hope it helps somebody out there figure out string spacing.

The nut I'm demonstrating on is cut to width and ready to go on a 4-string neck. I know I freehanded the marks for the top and bottom strings in the video - I was showing the technique, not demonstrating my accuracy (or the lack thereof.) Normally I'd use a machinist's scale to figure where I want my top and bottom strings and mark the top and bottom that way. The marking gauge is to help locate the center string slots - nothing more.

If you already know what string spacing you want to use, you can just find a spot on the board where the lines are that far apart and mark the nut there.

I know that it looks like the marks I put on the nut are way off, and they probably are. I was trying to balance a camera, talk, and actually mark a nut at the same time - never a wise thing for me to do more than two things at once...

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