Re: nut slot

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Posted by El Pájaro on May 15, 2000 at 06:47:27:

In Reply to: nut slot posted by Richy on May 14, 2000 at 15:41:32:

: El Pajaro, that info on the nut slot being too deep could be really usfull,, CHEERS.

All right then, here's what a couple of accomplished luthiers (and pretty darn nice guys) from The Bottom Line taught me on the subject. Bassically (pun intended) there are two ways to approach the problem (this is, assuming you are definitely sure your buzzes really come from the nut slot cut too deep and not from fret height inconsistencies).
1) The epoxy solution: go to your nearest hardware store and get some epoxy resin: most likely it comes in the form of a liquid resin plus a chemical catalyzer. Follow the instructions about how to mix'em carefully, loosen the string, apply a little tape to the sides of the nut so you don't accidentally drop epoxy on the fingerboard or the headstock, and then use a needle to fill in the offending slot with just a little amount of epoxy. Careful!! This is powerful stuff that may glue your butt to a toilet seat like nobody's business! Most likely, the resin will take a few minutes to harden, but let it alone for a couple of hours or better yet, for a full day. After that, place the string on the slot again and check the results. If you were lucky to drop just the right amount of epoxy, that's it! If not, drop another bit (if you fell short) or, if you applied too much, file the excess very carefully with a very fine sandpaper.
2) The bone filings/superglue sloution: take the same precautions descripted above regarding figerboard and headstock protection and, instead of epoxy, get some bone filings (or graphite powder depending on the color of your nut) and use a little to fill in the slot, then drop a drop of super glue and let it harden for a day. Then do the same following procedure if you fell short or went overboard with it.
That's it. Hope it helped. Buena suerte and keep that bass up front in the mix,
El Pájaro.

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