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Could my carelessness have damaged my nut?

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  1. CoffeeMilk

    CoffeeMilk New Member!

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    Apologies if this isn't the correct subforum! I just have a very quick question and didn't know where else to post it.

    So the other day I thought I'd rub some graphite on my #1 Strat's Graph-Tech TUSQ XL nut slots (first mistake, it's not even neccessary with that material). And like an idiot I didn't downtune before doing so, so the tensed strings (9-46) snapped back into their slots after I was done (and some rather violently, especially the low E because of the higher tension). Could this sudden impact with all that tension have caused any damage to the nut slots, or are they strong enough to withstand such a thing without any compromise in structural integrity? The low E left a tiny bit of an imprint on the top of the nut where I brushed it aside and where it slid (shouldn't affect anything if it's not in the slot, I think). I feel terribly guilty for not having been as careful as I should've with this brilliant instrument. Sorry for the stupid question.

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    Believer7713 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Not a stupid question at all. I would say to loose the strings and look in the slots to be sure but I don't think it will give you any issues. Also play it and listen objectively for any fret buzz. Those 2 things will be the tell all.

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    Thanks for your reply.

    I did have a look at the slots afterwards and couldn't see any visible damage or anything. Tried to wiggle the strings left and right but they seemed to be stable, and there's no open fret buzz. The only lasting impact I can determine is the very slight imprint visible here (https://i.imgur.com/l8JzljE.jpg), but as long as that doesn't affect anything else, I'll let it serve as a reminder to be more cautious.
     
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    Yeah, you're good. Now play and enjoy.

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    Unlikely you've caused any damage , only damage you could have done is to imprint the nut with the windings in which case you'd notice pinging when you tune but I highly doubt that you've caused any damage at all :)
     
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    Great to hear, thanks folks! Now I can finally be at ease :D
     
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    Basic rule, if your G string is under too much tension when you lube your nut..........
     
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    Yep, busting a nut sure is a problem
     
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    I think you have won for the best thread title of all time. Congratulations.
     
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    Nut Sauce...
     
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    If I had a pound for every time I pulled a string out of the nut under full tension and let it snap back in again, over the last 50 years, I could probably afford to buy another guitar.
     
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    Yep we've all done it im sure.
     
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    Did you say the wrong thing to your girlfriend? If so, then yes.
     
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    Agreeing with all of the above, it's not worth fretting over (pun intended) nut damage. A pre-slotted TUSQ nut is like $12 and isn't difficult to install. It just takes a little fitting.
     
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    Maybe.

    But my carelessness has caused my nuts to damage me on occasion.

    BA-ZING
     
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