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Mysteriously Broken Nut

CptSensible

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I have a Fender Tim Armstrong Hellkat acoustic that is about two months old. I have it just on a stand in my room. Had it setup with 11s after I bought it. Has been playing fine. Guitar was left in tune last time I played it.

I go to play it the other day and the low E string is hanging off the side and part of the nut is just broken off. Guitar never fell over, just seemed to break on its own.

Could a temperature change in the room cause this? Had the windows open the other day when it was cooler. Any other thoughts on what might cause the tension to suddenly change to fracture the nut?
 

Seorie

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hey Cap'n,
Most likely brittle plastic thats 'fractured' possibly with a knock or just a flaw in the molding process.
Super Glue is the answer but if your unsure of getting it right first time with the nut is place - take the nut out and do it on a flat surface then re install.
 

JSeth

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Sorry, bud, but anyone who buys a Fender acoustic guitar deserves whatever they get...

...jus' sayin'...
 

RustyAxe

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Temperature or humidity have nothing to do with the nut. String tension won't break a nut (at least, I've never seen or heard of it in 45+ years). It may have had a hidden defect all along. Do yourself a favor since it needs replacing anyway, try bone ... doesn't have to be anything exotic .. and do the saddle, too. It usually brings out more from the guitar.
 

CyberFerret

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New guitar? Very strange.

Unless there was a hairline crack or something in the nut in the first place.

I have an old classical guitar here where that happened to, but it was after 20 years and the nut just became brittle over time and basically crumbled away.

If it is only 2 months old I'd suggest taking it back to the store you bought it from. I am sure they will get their tech to fix it gratis, or else send it back to Fender for fixing.
 






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