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Title: Nuts and Sticky Strings
Post by: joxter on August 23, 2006, 01:39:14 PM
I had a little problem with the 3rd string not tuning up and then popping and being too sharp on my OM-03.  I know its been discussed before and I read the posts.

Now I just put John Pearse strings on my D-03R for the first time and guess what?  It is doing the same thing.  Then I realized the OM started it when I put Pearse strings on it.

The gauge says its the same as the strings I was using, has anyone else experienced this?  I am wondering if its worth getting the nuts looked at or should I just can the Pearse strings....

BTW I changed out the Pearse strings on the OM and it is fine again.


Title: Re: Nuts and Sticky Strings
Post by: jmhyer on August 23, 2006, 02:18:03 PM
Did you previously have coated strings on you guitar?  If so, then maybe they were "slippery" enough not to bind in a nut slot that was a little too tight.  And, therefore, the noncoated strings have brought the problem to the surface.  At any rate, you should probably have the slot enlarged slightly.  As you probably noticed on previous threads, you might first try "lubricating" the slot with a little graphite powder/finely ground pencil lead.


Title: Re: Nuts and Sticky Strings
Post by: jimmyd on August 23, 2006, 02:41:22 PM
It's very common for nut slots to be a be a bit snug. If you are nervous about doing some of your own maintenance then by all means take it in to a technician to tweak it. It's a small job.  Most factory guitars don't do a great job on finishing out the nut and often the smaller strings are buried way too deep into slots which contributes to binding problems. You can take a small piece of 1500 or 2000 grit sand paper and polish the slot. Nut slotting files are best for getting the slot to proper depth but they are pretty expensive. I still like to polish the slot with very fine sand paper. The good news is that this is really a simple problem to correct.


Title: Re: Nuts and Sticky Strings
Post by: joxter on August 23, 2006, 04:20:08 PM
I had another post about my accident with graphite.  I have some powdered graphite in a tube, trouble is I also have some liquid graphite in a tube, same brand, same size....  So I grabbed the wrong one and was expecting a poof of graphite, I got liquid graphite running all over the nut and fingerboard of the OM.  It cleaned up Ok, but didn't solve the problem.

Thanks for the replies.


Title: Re: Nuts and Sticky Strings
Post by: ducktrapper on August 23, 2006, 06:05:05 PM
Hmm. I'd think nuts would lead to salty strings. Sticky? Could be caused by beer nuts? 


Title: Re: Nuts and Sticky Strings
Post by: tikabear on August 23, 2006, 11:12:24 PM
quote]You can take a small piece of 1500 or 2000 grit sand paper and polish the slot.[[/quote]

I have done this as well and it works fine.


Title: Re: Nuts and Sticky Strings
Post by: joxter on August 24, 2006, 12:11:43 AM
I will try sanding the slot a little, better than getting rid of 4 sets of Pearse PB Mediums.

Thanks again!


Title: Re: Nuts and Sticky Strings
Post by: Calvin on August 26, 2006, 01:34:23 AM
Nuts and stickey Strings eh..  No more guitar porn for you. :GRN>

As for the graphite, you can actually take a tip of a pencil and run it through the slot :).


Title: Re: Nuts and Sticky Strings
Post by: tubeornot2b on September 19, 2006, 05:51:51 PM
Try Nut sauce...worked for me. I don't remember teh full brand name. do a search for nut sauce, there were old threads about it.


Title: Re: Nuts and Sticky Strings
Post by: jwu53 on September 19, 2006, 06:06:29 PM
Yeah, it often seems to be a problem with the D and (primarily) G strings in the traditional 3L/3R headstock -- not suprising considering these both are yanked sideways at the nut toward the tuning posts. Straight-thru designs (Fender solved this in the '50s!) minimize this problem, but I guess tradition and aesthetics has limited their use by guitar makers.

A small piece of 0.5mm pencil lead under the string at the nut helps.