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    Creaking strings at the nut...

    As the title implies, is there any way of stopping the strings from creaking at the nut when I tune my guitar? They didn't creak up until a few months ago, and it has increased slowly over time. I tried to apply some lubricant with a tops (or whatever it's called) on the nut maybe a month ago, and it solved the problem temporarily. However now the creaking is back since a few weeks ago. What I don't get is why it creaks now, and not a year ago when I bought the guitar...

    The strings are normal 010-046 gauge, and since the creaking started just a few months ago the string gauge shouldn't be the problem. Do you have any idea of how to solve this? All help is greatly appreciated!
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    How old are the strings?
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    You know, my Strat does this too. I can't tell if it's the nut or the string tree, but it seems to be the B and high E mostly.
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    This is somewhat common for non-locking nuts that aren't lubricated. I used to apply pencil lead to the nut of my Les Paul. Solid lubricants work longer than liquid ones, so graphite is a common choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    How old are the strings?
    Not too old. I've had strings that have been three times as old, and they didn't creak...

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post
    You know, my Strat does this too. I can't tell if it's the nut or the string tree, but it seems to be the B and high E mostly.
    I think it's the string tree (if that is the part of the strings that go between the nut and the tuning peg), cause when I rotate the tuning peg the string creaks and the string tension "jumps" a bit. And since I'm rotating the peg evenly it should not be the peg but rather the nut. Or am I wrong perhaps?

    Quote Originally Posted by Seanbabs View Post
    This is somewhat common for non-locking nuts that aren't lubricated. I used to apply pencil lead to the nut of my Les Paul. Solid lubricants work longer than liquid ones, so graphite is a common choice.
    I'll try that Does it has to be a lead pencil or can it be a mechanical pencil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeetwig View Post
    I'll try that Does it has to be a lead pencil or can it be a mechanical pencil?
    Either. It isn't really "lead", we just say that here. Any graphite pencil will work. Mechanical pencil "lead" works fine, as it is graphite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seanbabs View Post
    Either. It isn't really "lead", we just say that here. Any graphite pencil will work. Mechanical pencil "lead" works fine, as it is graphite.
    Ok just checking I'm not the best english speaking person in the world so I just had to check whether both mechanical pencils and lead pencils classified as lead pencils (in Sweden the two of them are rather distinguished from each other, although we say that there's lead in them too :P )

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    Any more ideas of how to make this creaking stop? Or is it just a matter of frequently lubricating the nut?

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