Lubricating nut on Strat

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  1. Headshok

    Headshok Member

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    I have a TMG Dover Strat. Great guitar with the best of parts. It has a Callaham aged tremolo bridge. It has a bone nut. When I use the trem everything goes out of tune. I know I need to lube the nut. Will pencil graphite work or is there some secret something that will do it better. I have heard of nut sauce but never seen any. What is the best way to keep it in tune while using the trem? I only use it lightly.
     
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    chap stick.

    -won't harm bone, plastic, paint, poly, nitro, rubber, wood or metal
    -available everywhere [even at the gas station in a strange town at 8pm just 10 minutes before you're supposed to start]
    -CHEAP

    Take the old strings off, apply a liberal amount into nut slots AND the saddles, install new strings, and run one final thin coat with your finger over the top of the string at the nut.

    Hope that helps!~
     
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    make yer own nut sauce, like i do. just crush some pencil lead into a fine powder with the back of a spoon on a plate. add in just a little vaseline to make it stick, and voila, nut sauce for you to about 6 guitars, and it cost you less than a penny
     
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    That'll be a mess.... Stick with the Nutsauce...
     
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    Unless you're putting it on with a butter knife, its on more or less messy than nutsauce - 10 milligrams is 10 ten milligrams. I've used chapstick for literally years and never had an issue. Even if I DIID have an issue, it wouldn't hurt anything [unlike a lot of petroleum products that would hurt things].

    OP's money - he can do as he wishes.
     
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    A teflon-based lubricant is way slicker than something petroleum jelly product like Chapstick.
     
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    There's a video on u-Tube showing you how to make "Nut Sauce" for very cheap.
     
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    A properly cut & polished nut shouldn't need any lubrication. Lubrication is a bandaid fix ;).
     
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    Big Bends Nut Sauce. Or get a GraphTech self lubricating nut for your strat.
     
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    I just recently overhauled my American strat. The trem would throw it out bigtime, and the g string would go out with just bends, likely a nut problem.

    I put in a graphtec tusq nut and a supervee bladerunner, and now I can do Jeff Beck trem tricks until my heart's content. I tried to make it go out when I first got everything installed and it stayed in tune like a champ.

    The supervee changes the tone a bit, but not in a bad way imo, sustains really well, just doesn't sound like a six screw or two post trem.

    I'd put in a tusq nut, and I bet that will solve most of your issues.
     
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    Chapstick works well but a tiny dab right in each nut slut with the tip of a toothpick is all that is needed. That is the only place the string makes contact at the nut. Same goes for white grease, vaseline, or Stew Mac Guitar grease.
    That said, I prefer Big Bends because of the ease of precise pinpoint application.
     
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    That's exactly what nutsauce is.. petroleum jelly and graphite..
     
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    in the end, this above, is the truth in it's shortest form. i like the lsr nut on a strat. nothing is less stick than that
     
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    Kinda funny then how it says on the site that it contains no petroleum products. And also that it's not even close to the color of graphite.
     
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    I use nut sauce but before you use anything, make absolutely sure your nut slots are cut and polished properly. You don't want to use a lube to correct problems with the nut that should be addressed in other ways.

    Also, try to reduce the number of points of friction on your guitar. You can research this online. One way I did this on my Strat was to replace the tuners with locking tuners. Now, instead of having 2 or 3 winds around the post, I have maybe 1/4 to 1/2 a wind. That made a noticeable improvement for me. Another was to go over my nut slots with 1500 and 2000 grit sandpaper, then apply nut sauce. No issues with the floating trem.
     
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    Vaseline and a tooth pick. Done.
     
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    Poor setup. Properly cut nut, proper angle on the term, and proper float off the body will do the trick. A dab of vaseline never hurts.
     
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