Making a new nut for a Gretsch 6120

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Mr Stringmeister
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Making a new nut for a Gretsch 6120

Post by Mr Stringmeister » Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:29 pm

The Gretsch 6120 DSW comes with a standard brass nut. Sadly enough the nut on this guitar was 'buggered'. Some DIY selver must have a had a go at with a chainsaw or so judging by the look of the string slots. The effect was that the guitar just did not stay in tune.

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Starting with a Pack and Save bit of cow bone, properly 'defatted', I cut out a rough shape that is slightly bigger than the original brass nut.


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Second cut with the hacksaw


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Now I have a rough blank...


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Sanding it down to the right thickness so it fits 'tightly' in the existing nut space...


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Filing and sanding it into final shape. Putting a pencil marker on it which follows the curve of the fretboard. This will tell me how much I need to sand off the nut bottom to achieve the action I want.


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Cutting the string slots. I don't have a sophisticated set of Stewmac files. I use my own secret weapons :lol:


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And here a nice new bone nut with my preferred string spacing and action. No more tuning issues. Happy as Larry.


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