We get a lot of calls
from customers who are confused about replacing their guitar nut and, due to the lack of information (and a surplus of misinformation) online about this topic, we whipped out the camcorder and cut together a super-easy step-by-step guide. We’ve also made it easy to find and buy the right guitar nut by adding shopping filters to our retail site. Now you can browse products by filtering by the four measurements of guitar nuts: E to E spacing, Thickness, Length and Height.
- Video: How to Replace Your Guitar Nut
- Video: The Superior Tone of Graph Tech Nuts
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Transcript with added details
Hello this is Noah from Ant Hill Music and today we’re replacing the nut on a Cort guitar with a new Graph Tech nut. This video is great for anyone with a broken guitar nut or in this case, we’re upgrading this plastic guitar nut to a Graph Tech nut. Graph Tech’s patented Nubone material has been scientifically proven to carry superior tone quality over any other existing guitar nut material on the market.
First you want to get your measurements (in mm or inches with fractions) and find the closest thing possible that Graph Tech has. It’s ok to get a nut with measurements that are slightly larger than what you require, because all guitar nuts require some sanding-down before being installed on your guitar. The foundation of the guitar nut between the headstock and fretboard will be different, even among two of the same model from the same manufacturer.
Remove the strings from the neck and use a razor blade to score the edge of the existing nut on the surfaces where they meet the headstock and neck. Ensure that you dig against the body of the old nut and be careful not to scratch the headstock in the process. A usual method of knocking out a scored guitar nut is to use a wooden block and hammer as you see in the video. Depending on which glue was used on the original nut, some wood may come off with the base of the old nut, this is not a big deal.
Referring to the chart in this post, measure the E to E spacing, thickness, length and height of the old nut to determine which guitar nut to purchase. You can visit our site to get the right nut for most guitars:
Lay a sheet of light sandpaper on a flat, hard surface and sand down the nut, checking the fit often. If you sand down too much, you’ll have to buy another guitar nut and start over again. One advantage of Graph Tech nuts is that they don’t flake or chip during sanding, letting you acheive a flawless fit. Once the nut fits, continue to sand down the base until you can just about fit a business card between the first fret and the bottom of the string grooves. Put the strings back on and test the height of the strings above the first fret. You should just be able to fit a business card and make it stick. Once the nut is just the way you want it, install it with wood glue diluted with water to a 50/50 ratio. Put the strings back on and you’re all ready to rock!