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I like that. Easier is better.I never refit curved bottom nuts. I file the slot flat and fit a flat bottomed nut, then nobody has to face this hereafter on the guitar.
The slot is curved because the entire fretboard - nut slot included - is slotted on a gang saw with the 1/8" blade cutting the nut slot. Since the board is held in a pendulum jig, all fret slots and the nut slot are cut to the radius needed for the fingerboard, mirroring its radius.I like that. Easier is better.
I don't really get why they curve the nut slot in the first place. Is this some holdover from the vintage correct committee.
careful though, i know plenty of vintage fender fetishists who would completely freak if i did that to their guitar.I never refit curved bottom nuts. I file the slot flat and fit a flat bottomed nut, then nobody has to face this hereafter on the guitar.
Obviously, I haven't found the nut slot radius to be different from the fretboard, as I have never had this problem on the half dozen or so that I have done. I did pick up some Stew Mac radius guides recently and can check this in the future. These are all my personal guitars, so I can put in as much time as my patience will permit (sometimes not very much) in order to get it correct.The radius of the nut slot bottom is not always the same as the fret-board surface radius.
Off-hand from memory, I know I've worked on recently made Fenders that had a 7" radius board, but the nut bottom was something more like an 11" radius. Fret-slots cut at a much flatter radius than 7" too, so I think their "gang-saw" is probably swinging on something around an 11" radius.
Anyway if you make a new nut and don't match the radius on the bottom, there's a good chance the nut will crack apart when you press it down in the slot.
I used to go the whole 9 yards with checking the radius of the slot, then machining a perfect matching radius in the new nut bottom, but never got paid enough for all the trouble.
Well, the bottom radius is quite perfect, because the blank was molded with the radius in it. But, as you can see by that photo, that the factory worker's nut slotting skills are nothing to write home about. Ok, maybe someone outside the factory messed with those slots, but I've seen them out of the factory that are just as screwed up. I worked on one not long ago, where the factory worker made the A slot too low, which looks like is going on in that posted photo as well. Heck, if you're going to slot em poorly, at least leave em too high, so someone can tweak it right.Look at that!
How does Fender fabricate their factory installed nuts, anyway?