Think I messed up....

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  1. rgsss14

    rgsss14 Gold Supporting Member

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    Custom shop strat - to make a long story short when I bought it I restrung it with 011's (it came with 009's), now for various reasons I am downsizing the string gauge to 010's.

    After doing so I noticed that the high B and E strings sound "muffled" - I know this was an idiot-move, but did I widen the nut grooves that much?

    Is there a way to remedy this without getting a new nut?

    Or did I do something different altogether?

    thanks in advance.....
     
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    rgsss14 Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm assuming that it's bone...
     
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    Shouldn't be the nut. Too tight could muffle it if the break point is not at the front edge, but not too wide. Are they hitting the first fret, perhaps? If not, then look at the possibility of bad strings. It happens, and I've torn my hair out chasing a problem that was a bum string more than once.
     
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    rgsss14 Gold Supporting Member

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    That makes sense. I'll check on those things, thanks.
     
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    esoteric pete Supporting Member

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    yeah....i wouldnt say you messed up....no biggie...its more than likely easily fixable, but anytime you go from 9's to 11's w/out any adj. or anything, the guitar might say "WTF are you doing to me?!"
     
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    Yeah, the custom shop isn't speaking to me anymore... :)

    However, I did adjust the truss, action, and intonation when I made the change. Didn't take into account the change in gauge has on the nut -

    .... but how often do we change the nut when we change gauges.....
     

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