Which nut file gauge?

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  1. Pinstripe

    Pinstripe Strat-Talk Member

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    I‘m using 11-48s, I need to slot a new nut and I‘m not sure wether I should get a 10-46 file set or a 12-53, especially considering that I might still want to use 10-52 strings.

    So which set would you recommend?
    Fwiw, I‘d rather ruin one or two nuts now than have to pay a luthier the price of those nuts every time I need a nut slotted for the rest of my days :D
     
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  2. dirocyn

    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    Either set is ok for the current strings. If you change to 10s later, the 10s files are better.
     
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  3. vid1900

    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    10-46
     
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    Bob the builder Most Honored Senior Member

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    You can always make it bigger with a small file but you can't make it smaller with a bigger one
     
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    .002" oversize is ok for a nut slot width, but what @Bob the builder said is the smart way to get the most out of having just 1 set of nut files.
     
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    AngelDeVille Senior Stratmaster

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    Buy the 10-46, and get a separate 53
     
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    vid1900 Most Honored Senior Member

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    You just kinda **roll** the file to make larger slots.

    I don't even think I have a 12 in my drawer, I just roll the 10 and it comes out perfect.
     
  8. telepraise

    telepraise Strat-O-Master

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    Having slots a couple of thousandths wider than the string helps to avoid binding in the slot, number one cause of tuning issues. After you make a couple of nuts, you'll understand why luthiers charge what they do.
     
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  9. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

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    Exactly.
    Which is why I set out to learn to do it myself as well. :D
    So kudos to @Pinstripe for having some DIY spirit. :thumb: