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Help, How Do I Replace A Nut?

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Ive got an Epiphone SG thats needing its nut replaced, ive got a place im going to get one from, but im a bass player at heart, the guitar is just for simpler rythmn backing on home recordings, so i dont really want to go and pay someone £20+ to replace a nut, when im pretty sure its quite simple

I think all i need to do is gently hammer it out (sideways, and obviously sans-strings), then stick the new one in, is this right, will the new bridge need to be glued in or should the strings hold it down ? cheers guys :D

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Depending on what gague of string you use, you may need to file out the string slots a bit on the nut also. Other than that, I'm assuming that's all you need to do.

There may some tutorials on the net, but, I really don't feel like searching.

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Well i dont like taking information just clean off the net, never too reliable, its just i know project guitar is a reliable place, and couldnt find it in any tutorials

Yeah i know ill have to file down a little bit, but not much (general SG problem apparently)

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What's wrong with the one you have now? There's a LOT more to cutting a perfect nut than just 'filing the slots down a bit'. Not to mention it's one of the most important things on the guitar. Here's a good reference.

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I think all i need to do is gently hammer it out (sideways, and obviously sans-strings), then stick the new one in, is this right, will the new bridge need to be glued in or should the strings hold it down ?

Take a flat block and lay it alongside the nut (fretboard side) and give the block a sharp "tap" with a hammer. The nut should just pop out. Clean up the area of any glue residue. Your best bet is to take the old nut along with you when you buy the replacement. Try to match it up as perfect as you can, keeping in mind length, height and string spacing. You might need to modify the new one slightly. If its too high I would suggest sanding the bottom down with sandpaper on a flat surface. Make sure its sanded evenly and the end result is flat. A couple drops of superglue should be sufficient to hold it in place. I think you meant to say "nut" rather than "bridge" when you asked about gluing. :D

Edit: huh, after I posted I checked Devon's reference site, sorry about the repeat. :D

Edited by Southpa

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haha, bloody hell, i never noticed i put bridge, yeah, been a long day :D

Ill check the reference

The one i have now is broken to the extent that it does not hold the low E properly

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