nut lube?

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  1. neastguy

    neastguy Supporting Member

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    can I use something around the house, or do I really have to buy stuff made especially for it.. seems like its a con job to me.... I used to use vasoline years ago, but I cant remember if it worked or not...lol....
     
  2. 6789

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    pencil lead/graphite -I rub a sharp pencil tip back and forth in each nut's groove.
     
  3. bluesjuke

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    Lube works but having your nut cut correctly is always better.
    The costs of some of the products out there could about pay to have a nut corrected.
     
  4. neastguy

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    my corsair clicks on the g strings, whenever I go to tune... thought maybe rubbing something on it might help.. I'll have to take a look at it
     
  5. Rosewood

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    Around the house? Pencil lead and chapstick.
     
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    There is a tech here in town that uses vasoline. I personally don't like the nut sauce/ vasoline. I think pencil lead works much better
     
  7. Toneslinger

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    Neastguy,
    You acutally have a lot of choices. The whole reason for lubing is to reduce the binding in the nut slots and at the bridge where the string makes contact with the body of the guitar.

    You can buy the "dedicated" stuff they sell specifically for that purpose but it usually works no better than the typical stuff. The big advantaged to the dedicated stuff like big bends nut sauce is that it comes in a nice applicator that makes it easier to use.

    Pretty much anything that is a lip balm can be used. I use chap stick or carmex on a toothpick to work into the slots. Once i'm done with that, I wipe off the excess. You really dont need much.

    I have an article that details how to do it. You can read it at.

    Changing Strings Like A Pro
     
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    Use a bar of soap to lube the nut. It works great.
     
  10. Toneslinger

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    ok, fixed the link.
    thanks for the info.
     
  11. biggreen

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    Vaseline works great for nut lube, but is this really apropriate for a guitar forum? :munch



    I kid, graphite shavings from a pencil, works awesome. I try and sharpen the pencil with a razor knife and draw in the slots
     
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    what about mixing graphite with vaseline?
     
  13. GuitslingerTim

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    Go to Guitar center and get some Graph-it-all--problem solved.
     
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    dhdfoster Silver Supporting Member

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    I use Stewmac Guitar Grease. About $6 and it lasts forever. It seems like graphite and wax.
     
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    Jon C Silver Supporting Member

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    it's good stuff, not that any of us couldn't come up with something similar, but one small bottle's a multi year/lifetime supply, so what the heck.
     
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    That's what I do. A lot less expensive than Nut sauce or whatever. I just take a little of both, mix it together and Put it on with a tooth pick.

    Schaf
     
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    A correctly cut nut is a given, but do you have opinions about the graphite nuts?
    I was thinking of having one installed as one step to keeping my Strat's whammy in tune.
     
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    ....................................and spend about 2 weeks in the doghouse when your wife complains endlessly about the mess you have made , im speaking from experience on this btw.


    Bryan
     

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