High E getting stuck on string tree or nut?

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  1. thisfire

    thisfire Supporting Member

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    So every couple of days or so, the high e on my 60s Strat relic goes whacky. After I bend the string behind the nut a couple of times, the string reverts back to normal (or closer to normal than it was).

    Has anyone else experienced this problem? I suspect it's because the string is either getting stuck on the tree or the nut. Any way to fix it besides taking it to a tech?
     
  2. mike80

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    Maybe try a little vasoline on the tree and the nut. Could be a burr either on the nut or the tree.
     
  3. mbetter

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    I'm thinking burr as well. I'd take the tree off and go at it with a file.
     
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    If that still doesn't help, it's probably a burr on the nut.

    The easy approach to the nut is to take a feeler gauge of the appropriate size and rub the edge across some rough sandpaper a few times, making it a little rough, and make a pass or two through the nut and down toward the headstock. That should clean it up.
     
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    Awesome! Thanks a bunch guys, I'll try those suggestions out and let you know how they go.
     

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