Do I need a new nut

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  1. edsdds

    edsdds Strat-Talker

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    So on this just setup standard Strat I feel like the e string should not be as close to the edge.
    Here some pictures from 1st and 12th frets.


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  2. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Censored Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The spacing between e and b is too wide. Yes a new nut is needed.
     
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  3. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Censored Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Or you can do the baking soda trick perhaps, fill the e slot and file a new one. A pro might be able to do that, or just replace it with a Tusq nut.
     
  4. Chasy

    Chasy Strat-O-Master

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    Needs a neck bump by the looks of it. The dots should be centered exactly between d and g strings all the way down.
     
  5. edsdds

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  6. rolandson

    rolandson Still Breathing Strat-Talk Supporter

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    You might try realigning the neck first.
    Loosen the strings.
    Loosen the neck bolts...but don't remove them.
    Align the neck such that the first string is closer to where you want.
    Tighten the neck bolts.
    Tune up and see if you are happy

    ETA:
    Though the second string looks a bit deep in the slot, such that you're gonna be facing a nut job pretty soon anyway I suspect. But you've got a little time yet.
     
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  7. hcski25

    hcski25 Strat-Talker

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    The neck is not aligned in the center of the pocket. In playing position, the headstock has been pushed downward. To fix it, loosen each of the 4 neck screws a quarter to a half a turn. Then while pushing the neck up (aligning the dot right between the center strings) retighten the screws. This happens quite a bit on strats but is a super easy fix.
     
  8. The Strat Dude

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    it looks like they missed on the spacing a bit, not optimal but not the end of the world. and yep straighten the neck.
     
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  9. edsdds

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    Cool. I will try that and hope it turns out better. Thanks guys.
     
  10. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    you are supposed to live on the edge, not your high E string.
     
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  11. edsdds

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    Just tried it. It did make a difference as the dots are now centered. But looks like the nut could still be replaced. Thanks for the help.
     
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    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

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    filing a new groove in the correct spot will be the fastest way there. Baking soda and superglue to fill the old slot.

    To cut your new slot, make sure you angle the files so the highest side is on the fretboard and low onthe tuners. Otherwise you get the sitar sound. To know the correct height to cut, fret the 3rd fret and measure 1-2-3 sheets of photocopy paper at the first fret under a string.

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