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How often do you lube your nut?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Yer Blues, Jun 3, 2020.

  1. Yer Blues

    Yer Blues Member

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    I just saw a Phil X interview with TIm Pierce. Phil said he lubes his nut during with every string change. I'd imagine with the amount of hours he plays daily he is changing strings pretty often on the guitars he plays the most. Is this common? I've never lubed a nut. If the guitars are staying in tune is there any reason to do it?
     
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    Yes and no. I only do it for string changes which aren’t very often even before the pandemic shut down all gigging here. If you have a well cut nut made from a good material then really lubing the slots is almost not needed. I use medium mechanical pencil lead or a number 2 pencil. I prefer tusq nuts. If you are still having tuning issues its probably something else. None of my gtrs have tuning issues w or wo trems. I only have locking tuners on the trem gtrs. I prefer Schaller m6 locking or standard tuners also.
     
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    Every string change pretty much, sometimes I forget to do it. :bonk
     
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    A little pencil lead every string change. Works every bit as good as "lube" and it's not nearly as messy.
     
  5. Yer Blues

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    Wow... I never knew this was so common. I guess I'll add it to the string changing routine and see if I notice any changes. Thanks!
     
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    yup, every string change. I had a guitar with a floating trem that broke a lot of strings. I started using the nut lube and never broke another one. Now I use it on all my guitars all the time. It's a quick and easy thing to do and the lube is cheap. Kind of a no brainer.
     
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  7. TheClev

    TheClev As seen on TV

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    Depends on the guitar. A lot of nuts these days are self lubricating, so you never have to do it. If you play a Les Paul or similar guitar, you'll likely have to do it every string change or more.
     
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    Every string change. Pencil lead is cheap and simple. TUNE-IT or PW Lubrikit Friction Remover also work well and make it easy to not make a mess.
     
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    I do it a couple of times a year, not every change.
    A little dab’ll do ya!
    I swear my tube of nut sauce is 10 years old.
     
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    So are you guys lubricating the bridge and saddle every string change, too?
     
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    This ×1000. A pack of mechanical pencil lead is in my Star Wars Luthier Lunchbox permanently now.
     
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    My old tech taught me to always carry a small piece of Ivory soap with my gig tools. He had been working on the guitars for many well known pros for decades, and he used a little soap on the nut (and bridge saddles) every string change.
     
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    If you have no problems with tuning, imho you don't need to fix what isn't broken.

    I lube the nut, and saddles at every string change with powdered graphite, which I bought in a plastic tube in the 1970's. If done correctly the product lasts a VERY long time, to my surprise.


    I have nut oil and a couple of other nut lube products, but have not tried any since the powdered graphite works well and I have plenty left.
     
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    A Les Paul is one of my main guitars and my main gigging guitar last year or so... I never lubed up and never had any tuning or string breakage issues. A tech did do a fret level and clean up the nut though. I'm sure that helped... he did a great job as far as I can tell.
     
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    I'm sure not all Les Pauls need it, but the ones I've had typically had some binding issues, particularly on the G string. A little lube helped greatly with that.
     
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    I only do it once or twice a year, not every change. I'm not having tuning issues, and hardly ever break strings.
     
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    They amount of behind the nut shinanigans that guy does probably warrants a lube every string change.
     
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    Never do it at all and have zero issues with tuning stability on my guitars.
     
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    I'm also from the school of using graphite lead from a pencil whenever I change strings.

    I don't own any guitars with whammy bars or Bigsbys so that works fine for me. Other lubricants may work even better but I don't experience major tuning issues so I'll stick with my method.
     
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    Once a day, twice on Saturdays.
     
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