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Old 09-12-2019, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Knives&Guitars View Post
Absolutely a great point Charles.
I believe the nut height to be extremely important. Just recently I had two nuts replaced and adjusted by a famous guitar tech. It made all the difference in play- ability. Night & Day difference.
So much so, that I decided I wanted to learn how to do it myself. So I just bought all the files and a nut tool by Stewmac called "Safe Slot." For a complete novice like myself, who has not yet had the experience to acquire "The Touch", The safe slot really helps. Of course I have a long ways to go.
I also got one of those 'Safe Slot' tools and it really does simplify the process of getting the slots to the correct height. The only caveat here is that they're not so straightforward working with a guitar that has a headstock "volute". I think the solution to that is to use the feeler gauges with heavy rubber bands or a hair 'scrunchie', being careful not to over-or-under-tension the gauges such that they don't sit perfectly flat on the fingerboard.

I see from the picture that you're slotting a 12-string're a brave soul, sir! I did the one on my Yamaha LL16-12 and it took me four tries to get the string spacing right! It was worth it, though.
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