Guitar Nut Repair
Guitar nut repair and nut replacement can solve playability problems such as keeping your guitar or bass in tune and fighting string buzz. We offer quality nut repair and replacement at fair prices.
Electric Guitar Nut Repair
Your electric guitar needs a specific nut height to have the best possible playability. If your guitar strings are riding high you will experience very noticeable tone problems. Furthermore, if your guitar nut slots do not have properly cut widths for your choice of string sizes intonation problems will be ever present. To make sure your guitar is in optiml condition, guitar nut repair may need to be part of your next electric guitar setup service.
Bass Guitar Nut Repair
Your bass absolutely must have the correct nut height to have optimal playability. If your bass strings are too high you will have tone problems - even if your open notes appear to be in-tune. Additionally, if your bass nut slots are not cut to the proper widths for your size strings you will have harsh intonation problems. Bass nut repair may need to be part of your next bass guitar setup service.
Guitar Nut Slot Repair
Many people search for repair guitar nut cut too deep because they damaged their nut trying to do it themselves. How to repair guitar nut string slots depends entirely on the nature of the problem. We do not recommend the "super glue and baking soda hack". A hack repair is vastly inferior to doing the job correctly - and the objective is to truly fix the problem, right?
Sometimes it simply makes sense to do a guitar nut replacement. Why? Because it can take hours to fill and properly refile nut string slots. A new guitar nut is not very expensive, and the installation labor is the same.
If your guitar nut has flaws it's a perfect time to upgrade to a superior solution. We recommend having us creat a new bone nut or install a Graph Tech TUSQ nut.
Guitar Nut Repair Cost
A guitar nut repair cost and nut replacement price vary because of the many options to do the work.
Our minimum cost for nut repair is $50 which applies to nut slot width adjustment, reattaching a loose nut, and similar labor-only tasks. An average
We offer free estimates so give us a call!
If your instrument has had prior nut work (non-factory service) we need to see the guitar to give you a price. (Sometimes prior work was poorly done and presents unexpected problems).
3 Basic Nut Replacement Options
- Pre-Slotted Guitar Nuts: come with slots pre-cut and spaced. The work is generally adjusting the height, and sometimes adjusting slot width or depth. This option usually requires less bench time and provides very good results.
- Guitar Nut Blanks: are the hybrid between pre-slotted and slabs. Blanks provide a head-start for creating a new nut but require a lot of bench time to customize it.
- Guitar Nut Slabs: are raw pieces of material (such as bone). Slabs must be fully cut, sized, shaped and slotted. This option requires a lot of bench time and is generally not a practical replacement solution for the average guitar owner.
Should You Repair or Change Your Nut?
Because the nut plays such a critical role in tone and tuning it needs to right - period. When a guitar nut is damaged or severely worn it can cause intonation problems, fret out, string buzz, and similar problems. Quite often, the labor to attempt a repair on a guitar not makes repair impractical. When you replace a guitar nut you then know you've got no worries.
If you've had problems keeping your guitar in tune this may be a good time to ask us about the cost to replace tuning machine heads with a set of locking tuners.
About Our Nut Work
We hand-craft guitar nuts. Whether we start with nut blank or a pre-slotted nut we measure and customize the fit to the pecifications for the customer's guitar. We never simply remove and old nut and glue down a new nut.
It is worth mentioning that for cutting nut slots we use specialty nut slotting files from StewMac. We do not use old strings wrapped with sandpaper, knives or other amateur hacks. We apply the standards of true luthiers.
Guitar Nut Materials
Synthetic Nut Materials
We primarily work with synthetic nut materials including graphite and plastic. Our experience is that these materials consistently yield excellent results, and require the least amount of time to create.
Bone and Ivory Nut Material
We can work with bone and ivory but do not recommend these materials. Bone and Ivory are organic materials, and as such have natural inconsistencies in density. This means that tone impact is somewhat unpredictable . . . and not known until after the work is done. Yes, some luthiers will argue against our position; however, we stand firm on our beliefs.
Metal Nut Material
We do work with metal nuts such as Fender's LSR roller nut. Our minimum metal nut repalcement cost is $75 plus cost of the product.
Need Guitar Nut Repair or Replacement?
For a free estiamte or to schedule guitar nut repair or replacement simply call us at 678-402-6739 or send us a message by clicking on the button below. Guitar intonation and string tuning is included with all nut replacement work.
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