How much could I expect to pay to get a new nut installed on my neck?

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  1. nickmsmith

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    Realized that Fender Mexico cut the high E slot SUPER close to the edge of the fretboard on my Tele. So much that it slides off the neck when playing on that string. First time I've ever encountered that after owning at least dozens of MIMs.

    I'm not a stickler for nut material at all, how much approximately would it cost to get a new cheap nut installed? Just looking for a ballpark to see if It's worth messing with.
     
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    Make sure you don't have to make a neck adjustment. Take a look at the low E. Does it have plenty of room along the edge of the fretboard?
     
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    Yep, readjusted the neck and everything, and it's still really close to the edge. It's still a hair off center, but the nut is cut closer to the edge than I'd expect. And the low E looks to be in the right spot. I may try readjusting it once more, just to make sure. Would definitely prefer to not have to change the nut out.
     
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    Hi, @nickmsmith -Buddy

    If you had a tech fine tune the slots on Graphtech preslotted Tusq nut and install it; $50 might be labor cost.

    I think crafting nut from bone is the harder from scratch kind of labor ?
     
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    Thanks!!
     
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    My tech charges about $80 with the nut included.
     
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    How much does your tech charge with the nut included? :p:p:p:D:D:D
     
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    geezus..how did that happen...? Apparently $240
     
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    I installed this nut myself on Sienna. Cost me £10. A pre-cut tusq nut

    I was lucky that no major slot work was required, although the nut itself needed filing down to fit the slot.
     
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    I agree with the pre cut tusq nut for starters......get the right one for your guitar and then use sandpaper to bring its height down(if it needs that) or its width...you should get pretty close without filling the slots but if you need to you can use a spare part of a string wrapped in sandpaper to play the role of a file.

    Ideally in the future get a set of files(even three for the high E D and low E are enough) and start making your own from scratch...its a good skill to have and if you combine it with fretwork you have what it takes to give any guitar perfect playability.
     
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    The ones that are radiused on the bottom are a PITA.
    I'd charge you 80.
    I usually charge 50 for a flat bottom.
     
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    That's generally my solution too.
     
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    Just get a Tusq nut and do it yourself Remove the old nut ,clean out the slot and add the new one with a drop of Super glue to keep it in place .There are many YouTube tutorials on how to do this ...not difficult .
     
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    Thanks. It's one thing I've never tried.
     
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    It's not too bad. As with many things, slow and steady wins the race. I replaced the plastic nut on my Affinity tele with a Tusq and the plastic saddle and nut on my cheap acoustic with bone parts. In both cases it was just a matter of working in small increments and stopping when I got where I wanted. It doesn't pay to be heavy handed.
     
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    If yours is one with flat bottom, I just put a sheet of sandpaper down on a flat surface and run nut back and forth across it. Same for if I have to make it a bit thinner to go in the slot. I do not and will not use glue on a nut that goes in a slot. Maybe that's just me. But I'm not gonna fight any glue I don't have to if I ever pull the nut out again.
     
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    Is it a alignment issue with the nut?
    Is it possible that reseating the existing nut might solve the issue?

    What I'm wondering is are All the strings too far to one side?
    Just a thought.

    I've had good luck with pre-cut Tusq nuts.
    Last required no filing, was perfect out of the package.
    $12.
    20 minutes.
    Scored both sides of the nut with a utility knife, a block of wood, a light tap with a hammer on the block from the side to loosen the nut, and a drop of Elmer's wood glue to hold the new nut in place after checking out the nut with strings on.

    OR
    $50-80 US Dollars
     
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