Mexican nut removal, maple neck

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  1. systolsys

    systolsys Strat-O-Master

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    Hi All,

    I have a 2014 Lone Star neck (big headstock, maple neck, gloss poly, 9.5"). The previous owner has been overly enthusiastic filing the nut, and it needs to be replaced.

    I've got a replacement here, but before I remove the old one, just looking for experience on how the Mex factory tend to glue in their nuts (or tended to... looking back 7 years or so)

    Is it likely to be just a couple of spots of glue binding it in, or should I brace myself for a bit more of a battle to remove it?

    From what I can see looking at the poly and wood in the immediate vicinity of the nut, there is no evidence this nut has been removed and replaced previously.
     
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    Eric_G Strat-O-Master

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    There's plenty of good videos on nut replacement. Most frequently used technic is to score the headstock with a very sharp knife to make sure you won't get paint/wood chips and softly tap the nut with a wood block sitting on the fretboard toward the headstock.

    I can't speak of amount of glue used for MIM fender, but I can't why would anyone put more than just a couple of drops. Nuts are mainly held in place by the string tension.

    I like this one... pretty straight forward.

    Graph Tech Training Series: How to Install a Pre-Slotted Nut - YouTube
     
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    dirocyn Most Honored Senior Member

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    Yep, use a box cutter or Xacto or razor knife to score the glue.

    On some guitars the nut is at the end of the fretboard and tapping it towards the headstock with a wood block is the way.

    On others (including MY Mexican Standard) it's in a slot that's cut into the fretboard.
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    If the nut is sitting in a slot like this one, you'd tap it out sideways with a drift.
     
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    Eric_G Strat-O-Master

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    You're right...I should have thought of that....

    Here's another good vids from StewMac about slotted nuts...

    How to replace the nut on your guitar - YouTube
     
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    guitarface Most Honored Senior Member

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    I hear there are doctors in Tijuana that will do that for like $800 bucks, no questions asked.
     
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    systolsys Strat-O-Master

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    OK... Update for anybody searching this thread in the future.

    Scored the poly around the nut. Tried to pull it out. It broke. Ended up with a small chisel and a gentle tap and it came out in two pieces. Seemed to be mainly held in by the poly. No obvious glue on the nut itself.

    Bottom of the slot nut is radiused (not flat).
     
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    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    A bit late to the thread, but I try to tap sideways first and if it doesn't move quickly I use a fret saw to cut a slot across the nut. You can then use pliers to squeeze the nut together in the slot and pull out without damaging the wood.
     
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    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I use a small maple block and tap the nut from the front, then tap it from the back. That loosens it so I can use the end of a small file and tap it out from the side.
     
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    Remember kids... I did this once in my rookie days with this outcome.
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