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    I'd like to discuss my nut...

    My goldtop is buzzing at the first fret A string.

    I looked at the nut and the top of the string is below the top of the groove (which is usually an indication - along with the buzzing - that it's either cut or worn too deep.)

    It's not horrible... just noticeable. So, there's no huge hurry.
    1. I could try to replace the nut myself, but I'm shaky on it given that Gibson sandwiches the nut between the fretboard and the headstock overlay, almost requiring a hacksaw to remove the original. I'm sold on unbleached bone, by the way, so if it's replaced, it'll likely be with that material.
    2. I could send it to a tech - more expense but peace of mind.
    3. I could fill with CA and baking soda and re-notch. I'm not sure if this is a long term solution, so if anyone has any information, I'd appreciate it.
    4. I could also go with a slightly larger gauge string set for a while, which might not seat as deep in the nut. Not sure on that one.
    Last edited by Assault Bacon; 04-25-2019 at 08:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Assault Bacon View Post
    I could fill with CA and baking soda and re-notch.
    Correct answer. That will honestly be just as strong as the rest of the nut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
    Correct answer. That will honestly be just as strong as the rest of the nut.
    Thank you. I was wondering about that.

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    Incidentally - the G string on one or two of my guitars does the sitar-like buzz when played open. Is this a similar issue with the nut being cut too low?
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    Graphtech has drop in nuts for that. I can't recommend them enough for it! I've managed to do a straight replacement on a pair of strats and it cleaned up a lot of buzz issues from wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian View Post
    Graphtech has drop in nuts for that. I can't recommend them enough for it! I've managed to do a straight replacement on a pair of strats and it cleaned up a lot of buzz issues from wear.
    This. I'm partial to the Tusq nuts, since they sound like bone and don't bind.
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    While on the subject of nuts, does anyone know if theres a place that sells pre-slotted nuts for larger gauge strings?

    I primarily use 13s for my lower tuned stuff, and no stock nut I've ever had it seen has been meant for those, and I dont have the tools to do it myself (nor do I want to fuck up the slotting itself)

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    Graphtech is what I used on the Hohner acoustic and it worked quite well. I did find a stock Gibson bone nut at STRATosphere (they tear new guitars apart and resell the pieces.)

    It was $7.99 including shipping, so I grabbed it. I may also buy a Tusq and consider them both, but for 8 bucks, I couldn't pass on a stock bone nut. My luck, it'll be completely wrong, although the measurements seem good.

    I have an Abraxas pickup coming for the bridge position. I'll probably just do this all at the same time.
    Last edited by Assault Bacon; 04-26-2019 at 11:07 PM.

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