Filing Nut Slot w/o Special Tools

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by effcee, May 1, 2016.

  1. effcee

    effcee Member

    Sep 4, 2011
    Howdy, folks. I have a problem string on my Firebird. The low E string sits so high that it pulls sharp at the first fret. So, since I'm only lowering a single string, is this something that can be performed with common tools found around the home - maybe just some sandpaper, for that matter?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, and thank you in advance. :)
  2. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2006
    so the rest of the strings are perfect?

    that seems kind of unlikely, especially on a gibby from the factory.

    anyway, the right tool is a specialized nut file at like $15 each, and you need half a dozen to file a nut properly.

    this is a critical step, for both tuning stability and good intonation down low, and one that even some "pros" seem to get wrong. it would be worth taking it in to a really good tech.
    falderguitars likes this.

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