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Straight from the factory or off the shelf, an instrument rarely has its nut slots cut to ideal depths. Generally they are always cut a little high so that the instrument is buzz free out of the gate. For most people, slightly high nut slots go unnoticed and the tougher feel to the strings near the nut gets taken for granted. Before proceeding, ensure that your guitar is correctly strung up to pitch using the string gauges you normally use on that instrument and that your neck is reasonably straight with a little relief as per the previous step in this series. Check that your fretwork is not i
2,299 downloadsCalculating the exact positioning and spacing for strings across the nut can be a pain....by inputting your nut width, fretboard edge spacing and string gauges, this spreadsheet automagically outputs all the information you need to create a proportionally-spaced nut! Awesomes.
I'm a bassist so these things matter to me more than guitarists. We're sort of used to looking at the world in terms of strings that you can measure with a thrown axe than the fine micrometer-and-loupe stuff used for the twiddly high notes! Nonetheless - how strings are spaced across the nut matters a lot, especially when the gauges from one side to the other are radically different. The two distinct methods of string spacing are centre-to-centre and "proportional" spacing. I'm more into the latter of the two, so lets start with the first one so I can sell you on my personal favourite later...