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Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by youngthrasher9, Oct 2, 2019.
Personally i use loxx, no recess necessary
The correct size string ferrules have arrived! Looks like my Christmas will be spent working on this SOB!
Got the ferrules installed, still need to attach and file the nut, and do the wiring and first setup. The build is moving slow because I just bought my first house. I was going to do the nut work today but I ended up breaking the entire drain connection off of a concrete sink in the basement and then adopted a puppy this afternoon! Named her Talia after Talia Al Ghul, going with tradition. Her brothers name is Harvey. After Harvey Dent.
Congrats on the house man! i know the struggle im trying to buy myself
I sized the nut today. For those thinking of using the 1.7” nut option: don’t. The options for pre-cut nuts are slim. The one I got a (tusq 6115) is the right length and string spacing but the width and height are fucky at best for a fender spec slot. I had to take the width and the height down about 1/16” each which doesn’t sound like a lot but without a belt sander and vice, it took about 2 hours by hand.
2 hours? I use a scrap block of wood where I glue on sandpaper. With a fresh sheet of 120 grit, you should be able sand the complete Tusq nut to dust in 10 minutes...
Edit: I use a brush to clean the sandpaper every 15-30 seconds.
I didn’t trust myself enough with anything heavier than 320 grit but looking back that was pretty stupid.
Installed the nut, filed the slots, and did the wiring today. Needs truss rod, saddle, intonation adjustments still but I’ve run out of time for the day!
It’s done! I finished the truss rod adjustment, saddle height and intonation! This guitar rings with a chime I’ve never heard in any guitar I owned, unplugged. It just reeks of quality wood.
The stainless 6100 frets feel like a mild scallop and I fucking love it.
I am not proud to say that I approached the whole nut process with true ignorance and thus I need to get a new nut and do it again!! D’oh! Oh well. It plays well as is, but like a dumb ass, I filed the low B slot so poorly that the string pops off during serious chug sessions. Didn’t know the whole radius of the string rule. Yikes. Took a jeweler file so deep that the nut acts as a ramp.