Show us your nuts.

Discussion in 'Electromatic Gretsch Forum' started by Noparadise, Mar 7, 2017.

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  1. Noparadise

    Noparadise Electromatic

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    Jan 29, 2017
    UK
    My 5420 has a nut that I feel could be improved. It's some sort of greyish plastic material and has sharp edges. I'd like to know if anyone else has felt the need to tweak their own nuts, or which material is the preferred substitute.

    The slots don't properly seem to match the break angle, especially for the G string which comes out sideways half way down. Fortunately they are cut - possibly just moulded - to a decent height, though. I suspect that the tremelo might come back in tune better if I bunged some of the lead from my pencil into the slots. Has anybody taken any crude hand tools to grind their nuts down?
     
  2. wabash slim

    wabash slim I Bleed Orange

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    Welcome aboard!

    Nuts are the first place to check if you're having tuning issues. Fret files or needle files are needed to clean the slots up properly. Pencil lead (aka graphite) is a great lubricant. It's sold as Nut Sauce for guitars. A little goes a long way.

    A luthier can swap out the plastic nut for a real bone piece for a decent price, and cut and shape the slots properly.
     
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  3. Fredo

    Fredo Synchromatic

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    Jan 18, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    Third time is the charm. I finally found someone to fix the nut on my Pro Jet. Due to an unfortunate event in the past, I had to lie to him and tell him I was moving from 10s to 11s. But I also had him curve the slots so the strings are gradually directed toward the posts. When I got the guitar back I took off the 11s, threw them away, put on 10s, and voila. The nut no longer binds the strings at all. Of course there's some pencil lead in there, but I had already tried all sorts of lubricants to no avail. There's nothing wrong with the nut material on a Pro Jet.
     
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  4. Aymara

    Aymara Friend of Fred

    Jul 6, 2013
    Germany
    Bone is a good choice, but a G5622 owner here was pretty happy with a Tusk nut.

    I have good experience with both, though I don't have an Electro.
     
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  5. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    I've had the best luck with Bigsby equipped guitars using the graphite nuts. My double jet project (pictured) is great. The Billy Bo I just finished hold tune really well.

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  6. DrumBob

    DrumBob Friend of Fred

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    I don't show my nuts to anyone except my wife and my doctor when he checks for hernias.
     
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  7. I replaced the stock plastic cheap nut on my G5120 with a bone nut. Much better tuning stability. It really didn't take much time
     
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  8. Sarah93003

    Sarah93003 Friend of Fred

    I"ve tweaked a few nuts over the years.
     
  9. Aymara

    Aymara Friend of Fred

    Jul 6, 2013
    Germany
    These are standard on modern Metal guitars for a reason ;) ... except the ones with Floyd and locking nut.
     
  10. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    .................oh my goodness
     
  11. Dave-B

    Dave-B Country Gent

    May 23, 2016
    Scotland
    Why so few pictures? It's almost as though you people are ashamed of your nuts.

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    Zero Glide fret - easy to fit, nice low & even action, no more tuning issues.
     
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  12. Michiel

    Michiel Friend of Fred

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    I just had to do a mental double take and switch back to the rear cam on my cellphone o_O
     
  13. Michiel

    Michiel Friend of Fred

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    Here's a nice gnarly one - it's the one on my Southern Belle (early 80s model country gent).

    The zero fret saves the day. The nut just acts as a string guide. [emoji1]
     
  14. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    :eek:

    Despite his preference for black knobs, @markeebee is going for a white one here.





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  15. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
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  16. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Mark had a couple 3D printed to see how they'd look. I was using it for practice with the dremel router thingy, you can see the 'oops' on the one corner. They are kinda cool, but difficult to see at any distance. Might make a cool inlaid piece behind he headstock like Fender did with the anniversary medallions.
     
  17. Noparadise

    Noparadise Electromatic

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    Jan 29, 2017
    UK
    Thanks for the responses guys - I almost forgot - here's a pic of mine. I'm tempted to take a grinder to it or just replace it with something. it's OK for action, but it has sharp edges nut.jpg and the way the strings break out at the back bothers me.
     
  18. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    If you fill'm in with a colour the relief will probably pop more.

    Sorry for side tracking Noparadise.
     
  19. Noparadise

    Noparadise Electromatic

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    Jan 29, 2017
    UK
    I'd not seen such a thing! Did you fit it yourself?
     
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