Posted by Bob Gollihur on October 29, 2001 at 16:48:25:
In Reply to: Where is the nut on an upright bass??? posted by Yam on October 29, 2001 at 15:19:41:
: Someone told me that I may need to "sink the nut" on my bass. I don't know what he was talking, and didn't bother to ask. Can anyone tell me where the nut is, and what sinking it would do?
The nut is the piece of wood at the top of the fingerboard with the slots in it.
I've not heard that as an expression, but I'm relatively sure that you were told that the strings are too high at the nut. This can cause unnecessary discomfort; the strings can actually be no more than a couple business card thicknesses off the fingerboard immediately below the nut, depending on the strings, the fingerboard's shape, and the bridge height.
Lowering the action at the nut is not difficult, but should be done with care. The slots should not be any wider than the string (or they will buzz) and should be rounded like the string, preferably with not much more than 50% of the string deep in the slot.
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