Posted by Datsgor on November 01, 2000 at 14:36:15:
In Reply to: lowering the nut. posted by RICHY on November 01, 2000 at 06:54:57:
: I'm thinking about lowering the nut slightly to reduce the hight of the strings. I've adjusted the truss rod and the action at the bridge, but I feel that I would like the strings a little bit lower without anymore fret buzz than I have already. I know it won't do too much, but I do use opens strings quite a bit.
: Is there anything I should be carefull of, and any tips to help me do this?
: Thanks a lot..Richy
Richy, Be careful not to get the strings too low or you are donna have to shim the nut back up. 1st,if you are hell bent on lowering your strings and you are a handy person(good with your hands) then go to the hardware store and get the smallest needle files you can find. These puppies are usually tapered so you can match the diameter you need for each string slot on the nut.(This is how i used to do it before i spent $150.00 on a set of nut files, but it works.) Also get a set of automotive feeler guages(the flat kind). O.K. take the feeler guages and guage the first string,(the distance between the bottom of the string and the top of the fretboard) now remove the thickness you want to lower your strings from the guage stack and place it on the fret board next to the nut. Now take the needle file and find the diameter that matches the nut slot and file that down till it hits the feeler guages. Now go to the next string and guage them, then take out the same thickness you took out of the first string then file that slot. do this for all the strings and you should be O.K. If you screw up, thats O.K., because you have already taken the first step in working on your own bass(a very satisfying thing) and you can then order a new nut and try again. Over time you will eventually do things to your bass that you thought you would never do. Like putting in another pickup and rewiring the damn thing..the options are endless once you get over the fear of working on your bass.........if you feel uncomfortable doing this then take it down to your local music store. I am sure they have someone there that has the right tools and can do it for a reasonable price.....good luck......john
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