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Title: Big Bends Nut Sauce.
Post by: Silence Dogood on July 26, 2020, 07:05:55 PM
I just bought some of this since I'm having issues with my Esquire'd tele going slightly out of tune.  I'm pretty sure it's the nut since I upgraded the tuners.  I tried pencil graphite but it's pretty hard to get it down in the slots.  I'm hoping this nut sauce stuff will do the trick.  Anyone here use this stuff, or anything like it?

I recently noticed that Rene Martinez (SRV's old tech) has something like this on the market too.  https://www.texasguitarwhiz.com/products/graphitall-applicator-bottle-with-brush


Title: Re: Big Bends Nut Sauce.
Post by: Barefoot Rob on July 26, 2020, 09:27:59 PM
I'd have the nut slots widen.


Title: Re: Big Bends Nut Sauce.
Post by: Silence Dogood on July 28, 2020, 07:08:20 PM
The slots look pretty good but itís a cheap Squier nut made of cheap materials.  The nut sauce seems to work pretty good but it still goes out of tune a bit.   I had a Strat once with Sperzel locking tuners that never went out of tune.  I might just break down and get some of those.   This always happens when getting a cheaper guitar: all the little improvements add up to what a better guitar would have cost!  


Title: Re: Big Bends Nut Sauce.
Post by: B0WIE on July 28, 2020, 08:24:44 PM
I don't use that brand but I use a white graphite paste that's probably the same thing. It helps, but nothing will fix a nut that needs to be worked. Sometimes, there's a spot that's catching and it's usually on the back (headstock) end of the nut.


Title: Re: Big Bends Nut Sauce.
Post by: Silence Dogood on July 28, 2020, 10:58:09 PM
I don't use that brand but I use a white graphite paste that's probably the same thing. It helps, but nothing will fix a nut that needs to be worked. Sometimes, there's a spot that's catching and it's usually on the back (headstock) end of the nut.
This stuff is a white paste as well.  Iím not getting any pinging or popping from the nut.  It honestly looks pretty good and the previous owner mightíve done some work to it.   I put on some Wilkinson tuners but I donít think theyíre much better than the originals. 
 :ohmy:


Title: Re: Big Bends Nut Sauce.
Post by: Silence Dogood on July 29, 2020, 09:36:07 PM
Update:  I decided to try something after doing some research.  Iíll play for a bit and warm up my strings and the guitar, then Iíll tune.  I did that today and then played for a long time.  The guitar held tune perfectly.  So I think I mightíve solved my problem.  In the past Iíd tune up and play and always go out of tune.  Iím also trying to ease up on the way I play.  I grip the neck and pick the strings way too hard, even when playing acoustic.  And now going back to electric after playing acoustic (and mandolin) for a decade or so, my attack is even more intense.  I donít think I ever really learned to properly play the electric back in the day.  There are nuances necessary for it that are very different than the acoustic.  Anyway, live and learn, and share.  Hopefully this will be of use to someone else. 


Title: Re: Big Bends Nut Sauce.
Post by: Silence Dogood on August 02, 2020, 06:41:47 PM
OK, another update....  I put some 11s on the tele and really like the beefier feel better.  It holds tune even better with the extra tension, and the nut sauce helps too.  But I'm still thinking a better nut would make this guitar even better.   I'm thinking of trying to install a GraphTech nut myself once I figure out which one I need.   From the YouTube vids I've seen, it looks like a pretty easy job.   Endless tinkering...


Title: Re: Big Bends Nut Sauce.
Post by: Ian Rossiter on August 09, 2020, 02:55:29 PM
Big Bends is awesome!! I use it every string change,on all my instruments.

 An easy solution for nut-binding issues is to simply go up a string guage for a bit. The larger diameter can naturally widen the slots so when you return to your normal guage, the nut will most likely bind less.